Intel
IntelBX80684I59600K

4 Cores, 8 Threads @2.6 GHz, Ivy Bridge.
Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 167,500 user samples
7,323 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 75% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 42% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 42% Great: 75%
SPEED RANK: 374th / 1257
Gaming
Gaming 65%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 68%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht
160,177 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 87% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 87% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 17th / 1257
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
65.5 % 95.2 % Much faster effective speed.
+45%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
79.7 Pts 92.9 Pts Lower memory latency.
+17%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
82.8 Pts 135 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+63%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
159 Pts 268 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+69%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
280 Pts 527 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
+88%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
407 Pts 756 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+86%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
89 Pts 97.2 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
+9%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
97.5 Pts 153 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+57%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
190 Pts 305 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+61%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
361 Pts 603 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+67%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
484 Pts 878 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+81%
Market Share
Based on 31,469,414 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.03 % 1.19 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,867%
Value
Value For Money
61.3 % 105 % Much better value.
+71%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
58 % 217 % Hugely more popular.
+274%
Price
Price (score)
$353 $195 Much cheaper.
+45%
Age
Newest
79+ Months 21 Months Much more recent.
+73%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
487 Pts 879 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+80%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
411 Pts 762 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+85%
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q2'12 Q4'18
Cache
Cache
6 MB SmartCache 9 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
AVX Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
22 nm 14 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$378.00 $262.00 - $263.00
Max Turbo Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency
3.6 GHz 4.60 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/L/-RS 1333/1600 DDR4-2666
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
25.6 GB/s 41.6 GB/s
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency
Graphics Base Frequency
650 MHz 350 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.25 GHz 1.15 GHz
Package Size
Package Size
37.5 x 37.5mm (rPGA988B); 31.0 x 24.0mm (BGA1224) 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
Yes No
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4 Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4

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