Real World Speed
Performance profile from 233,989 user samples
233,989 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 85% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 85% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 22nd / 1275
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
94.7 % +5% 90.6 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
91.9 Pts +4% 88 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts +0% 135 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
269 Pts +1% 266 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
527 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+5%
501 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
756 Pts 821 Pts Slightly faster octa-core speed.
+9%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
96.8 Pts +3% 94.1 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
153 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+6%
144 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
305 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+7%
285 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
608 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+9%
559 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
888 Pts 905 Pts +2%
Market Share
Based on 39,091,204 CPUs tested.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
97 % +4% 93.2 %
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.13 % 1.65 % Much higher market share.
+46%
Price
Price (score)
$200 Cheaper.
+16%
232 USD
Value
Value For Money
104 % Slightly better value.
+6%
97.5 %
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 81.7 Watts More energy efficient.
+16%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 11.3 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+89%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 11.7 nm Newer manufacturing.
+20%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz +2% 3.62 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz +2% 4.51 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
888 Pts 1,124 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+27%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
761 Pts 1,040 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+37%
Age
Newest
27 Months 11.1 Months Hugely more recent.
+143%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake   —
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151   —
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630   —
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Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2021 CPU Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical users. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]

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