2 Cores, 4 Threads @1.8GHz, Haswell.
Release date: Q3 2013.


2 Cores, 4 Threads @1.6GHz, Haswell.
Release date: Q3 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 103,699 user samples
39,249 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 62% Base clock 1.8 GHz, turbo 2.7 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 30% Base clock 1.8 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 30% Great: 62%
SPEED RANK: 808th / 1459
Gaming 50%
Desktop 56%
Workstation 35%
Jet ski
64,450 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 56% Base clock 2.3 GHz, turbo 2.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 20% Base clock 2.3 GHz, turbo 1.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 20% Great: 56%
SPEED RANK: 1014th / 1459
Gaming 43%
Speed boat
Desktop 47%
Workstation 30%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
50.1 % Faster effective speed.
42.6 %
Avg. Memory Latency
73.2 Pts Lower memory latency.
63.6 Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed
63.9 Pts Faster single-core speed.
51 Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed
109 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
89 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed
158 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
126 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed
163 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
132 Pts
OC Memory Latency
90.3 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
86 Pts
OC Single Core Speed
84 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
70.7 Pts
OC Dual Core Speed
141 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
115 Pts
OC Quad Core Speed
207 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
173 Pts
OC Octa Core Speed
206 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
172 Pts
Market Share
Based on 68,279,634 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.05 % Hugely higher market share.
0.01 %
Value For Money
45.5 % Slightly better value.
42.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 52 % +2%
Price (score)
$393 $281 Cheaper.
130 Months 130 Months
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
15 Watts 15 Watts
CPU Processing Cores
2 cores 2 cores
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 4 threads
Manufacturing process
22 nm 22 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
1.8 GHz Faster base frequency.
1.6 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
2.6 GHz
OC Multi Core Speed
207 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
174 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed
164 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
132 Pts
CPU Architecture
Haswell Haswell
Motherboard Socket
Integrated Graphics
HD 4400 HD 4400
4 MB SmartCache 3 MB SmartCache
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$393.00 $281.00
Max Turbo Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency
3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Graphics Output
Graphics Output
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.1 GHz 1 GHz
Flexible Display Interface
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI)
Yes No

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