IntelBX80623I72600K
IntelBX80677I57600K

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

4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.8GHz, Kaby Lake.
Release date: Q1 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 346,699 user samples
146,083 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 84% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 61% Base clock 3.4 GHz
Poor: 61% Great: 84%
SPEED RANK: 288th / 1363
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat
200,616 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 95% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 64% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 64% Great: 95%
SPEED RANK: 160th / 1363
Gaming
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 63%
Destroyer
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
73.2 % 81.8 % Faster effective speed.
+12%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
88.7 Pts +1% 87.4 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Speed
94.9 Pts 124 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+31%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Speed
179 Pts 246 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+37%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Speed
314 Pts 439 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+40%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Speed
458 Pts +2% 449 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
96 Pts 96.4 Pts +0%
1-Core
OC Single Core Speed
116 Pts 145 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+25%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Speed
226 Pts 290 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+28%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Speed
405 Pts 546 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+35%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Speed
583 Pts Slightly faster OC octa-core speed.
+6%
548 Pts
Market Share
Based on 55,527,042 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.2 % 0.34 % Much higher market share.
+70%
Value
Value For Money
90.3 % 91.7 % +1%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
76 % +4% 73 %
Price
Price (score)
$129 Cheaper.
+30%
$184
Age
Newest
140 Months 68 Months Much more recent.
+51%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 91 Watts +4%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
4 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
32 nm 14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+56%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz Faster base frequency.
+12%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.8 GHz 4.2 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+11%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Speed
586 Pts Slightly faster OC 64-core speed.
+7%
550 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Speed
463 Pts +3% 451 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Sandy Bridge Kaby Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA1155 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 3000 HD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q1'11 Q1'17
Cache
Cache
8 MB SmartCache 6 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Lithography
Lithography
32 nm 14 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
N/A $242.00 - $243.00
Max Turbo Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency
3.8 GHz 4.20 GHz
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI 8 GT/s DMI3
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
32 GB 64 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR3 1066/1333 DDR4-2133/2400, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Intel® HD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency
Graphics Base Frequency
850 MHz 350.00 MHz
# of Displays Supported
# of Displays Supported ‡
2 3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.35 GHz 1.15 GHz
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
2.0 3.0

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The i5-7600K targets high end gamers, it sits just behind the flagship i7-7700K in Intel’s Kaby Lake lineup. The 7600K will likely be the most popular gaming CPU of 2017 (some competition from AMD’s upcoming Zen/Ryzen CPUs, would be very welcome). Comparing the 7600K and 6600K shows that the two processors are very closely matched and comparing the 7600K vs the hyper-threaded 7700K highlights the relative strength of the 7700K for workstation performance. There are no significant architectural differences between Kaby Lake and Skylake so, when fully overclocked, the two generations should perform similarly but Kaby Lake offers faster base clocks, improved speed shift technology which helps CPU responsiveness, and better integrated graphics[Jan '17 CPUPro]

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