IntelBX80684I59600K
IntelBX80677I57600

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

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4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.5GHz, Kaby Lake.
Release date: Q1 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 96,806 user samples
76,655 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 82% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 1.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 82% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 17th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
20,151 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 59% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 0.85 GHz (avg)
Poor: 59% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 87th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
93.8 % Faster effective speed.
+24%
75.6 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+18%
116 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
271 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+19%
228 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
529 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+26%
420 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
755 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+76%
430 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
154 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+22%
126 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
306 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+24%
247 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
603 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+27%
474 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
876 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+85%
474 Pts
Market Share
Based on 22,503,339 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.91 % Hugely higher market share.
+600%
0.13 %
Value
Value For Money
103 % Better value.
+29%
79.6 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
179 % Hugely more popular.
+167%
67 %
Price
Price (score)
$200 Slightly cheaper.
+13%
$230
Age
Newest
13 Months Much more recent.
+63%
35 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads Much higher thread count.
+50%
4 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz Slightly faster base frequency.
+6%
3.5 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+12%
4.1 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
881 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+85%
477 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
761 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+76%
433 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Kaby Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 HD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q1'17
Cache
Cache
9 MB SmartCache 6 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$262.00 - $263.00 $213.00 - $224.00
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015D (130W) PCG 2015C (65W)
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-2666 DDR4-2133/2400, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® UHD Graphics 630 Intel® HD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency
Graphics Base Frequency
350 MHz 350.00 MHz

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