IntelBX80684I59600K
AMD100-100000023BOX

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

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12 Cores, 24 Threads @3.8GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q3 2019.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 95,486 user samples
71,337 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 83% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 1.65 GHz (avg)
Poor: 83% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
24,149 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 100% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 87% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 87% Great: 100%
SPEED RANK: 11th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 118%
UFO
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
93.5 % 94.9 % +1%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts 137 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
270 Pts 273 Pts +1%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
527 Pts 534 Pts +1%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
752 Pts 1044 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+39%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
156 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+7%
146 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
308 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+7%
289 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
611 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+8%
565 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
880 Pts 1109 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+26%
Market Share
Based on 22,641,434 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.77 % 0.97 % Higher market share.
+26%
Value
Value For Money
102 % Better value.
+27%
80.7 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
180 % Much more popular.
+51%
119 %
Price
Price (score)
$200 Much cheaper.
+60%
$500
Age
Newest
13 Months 5 Months Much more recent.
+62%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts Slightly more energy efficient.
+10%
105 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 12 cores Hugely higher core count.
+100%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 24 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+300%
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 4.6 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
880 Pts 2321 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+164%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
757 Pts 2135 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+182%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen2
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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