IntelBX80623I72600K
AMD100-100000022BOX

4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.4GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date: Q1 2011.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 113,138 user samples
87,254 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 80% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 45% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 29,907,658 GHz (avg)
Poor: 45% Great: 80%
SPEED RANK: 204th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat
25,884 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% Base clock 4.4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 82% Base clock 0.8 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 82% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 22nd / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
62.7 % 91.4 % Much faster effective speed.
+46%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
99.1 Pts 135 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+36%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
190 Pts 266 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+40%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
332 Pts 508 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+53%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
484 Pts 833 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+72%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
121 Pts 141 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+17%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
236 Pts 279 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+18%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
446 Pts 550 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+23%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
610 Pts 900 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+48%
Market Share
Based on 22,447,016 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.44 % 1.01 % Hugely higher market share.
+130%
Value
Value For Money
75.1 % 95.2 % Better value.
+27%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
126 % More popular.
+17%
108 %
Price
Price (score)
$145 Much cheaper.
+40%
$240
Age
Newest
107 Months 5 Months Hugely more recent.
+95%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads 12 threads Much higher thread count.
+50%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
32 nm 7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+78%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz Slightly faster base frequency.
+12%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.8 GHz 4.4 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+16%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
613 Pts 1138 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+86%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
491 Pts 1078 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+120%
Series
CPU Architecture
Sandy Bridge Zen2
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA1155 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 3000 None
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