IntelBX80684I59600K
IntelBX80677I77700

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

4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.6GHz, Kaby Lake.
Release date: Q1 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 140,379 user samples
44,703 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 120% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 92% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.05 GHz (avg)
Poor: 92% Great: 120%
SPEED RANK: 29th / 1173
Gaming
Gaming 105%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 101%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 76%
Battleship
95,676 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 64% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 1.15 GHz (avg)
Poor: 64% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 80th / 1173
Gaming
Gaming 83%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
105 % Faster effective speed.
+27%
82.6 %
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
138 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+19%
116 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
533 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+32%
405 Pts
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
764 Pts Faster multi-core speed.
+24%
615 Pts
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
156 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+22%
128 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
611 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+27%
482 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
892 Pts Much faster OC multi-core speed.
+33%
669 Pts
Market Share
Based on 18,552,346 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.1 % Much higher market share.
+59%
0.69 %
Value
Value For Money
112 % Much better value.
+40%
79.8 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
66 %
Price
Price (score)
$247 Cheaper.
+23%
$320
Age
Newest
9 Months Much more recent.
+70%
30 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 8 threads Much higher thread count.
+33%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz +3% 3.6 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+10%
4.2 GHz
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
149 Pts Faster single-core int speed.
+20%
124 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
162 Pts Faster single-core fp speed.
+23%
132 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
583 Pts Faster quad-core int speed.
+25%
468 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
648 Pts Faster quad-core fp speed.
+30%
500 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
842 Pts Much faster multi-core int speed.
+37%
615 Pts
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
955 Pts Much faster multi-core fp speed.
+35%
709 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 8 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 $303.00 - $312.00
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
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes

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