IntelBX80684I59600K
AMD100-100000063WOF
$450

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

 $450 

8 Cores, 16 Threads @3.8GHz, Zen3.
Release date: Q4 2020.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 204,348 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: 20th / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Aircraft carrier
3,222 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 91% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 91% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 6th / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 100%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 102%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 103%
UFO
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
95.3 % 99.9 % +5%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
92.4 Pts +5% 88.2 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts 160 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+17%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
271 Pts 317 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+17%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
531 Pts 598 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+13%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
760 Pts 1070 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+41%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
96.9 Pts +2% 95.4 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
154 Pts 167 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+8%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
305 Pts 332 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+9%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
608 Pts 650 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+7%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
889 Pts 1166 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+31%
Market Share
Based on 35,972,646 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.24 % Hugely higher market share.
+138%
0.52 %
Value
Value For Money
106 % Better value.
+21%
87.6 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
217 % Much more popular.
+63%
133 %
Price
Price (score)
$190 Much cheaper.
+58%
$450
Age
Newest
25 Months 0 Months Hugely more recent.
+100%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts Slightly more energy efficient.
+10%
105 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 8 cores Much higher core count.
+33%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 16 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+167%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+50%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz 4.7 GHz +2%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
888 Pts 1730 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+95%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
769 Pts 1647 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+114%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen3
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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