IntelBX80684I59600K
AMD100-100000065BOX
$300

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

 $300 

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.7GHz, Zen3.
Release date: Q4 2020.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 206,585 user samples
201,126 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 86% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 86% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 19th / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Aircraft carrier
5,459 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 86% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 86% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 97%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 100%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 91%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
95.3 % 97.2 % +2%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
92.4 Pts +5% 88.3 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts 156 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+14%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
271 Pts 306 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+13%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
531 Pts 569 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+7%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
760 Pts 933 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+23%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
96.9 Pts +2% 95.1 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
154 Pts 163 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+6%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
305 Pts 322 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+6%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
608 Pts 636 Pts +5%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
889 Pts 1000 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+12%
Market Share
Based on 35,897,831 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.24 % Higher market share.
+29%
0.96 %
Value
Value For Money
106 % Better value.
+11%
95.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
219 % More popular.
+11%
198 %
Price
Price (score)
$190 Much cheaper.
+37%
$300
Age
Newest
25 Months 0 Months Hugely more recent.
+100%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+50%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz 4.6 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
888 Pts 1293 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+46%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
769 Pts 1203 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+56%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen3
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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