IntelBX80648I75820K
IntelBX80684I58400

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.3GHz, Haswell-E.
Release date: Q3 2014.

6 Cores, 6 Threads @2.8GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 125,051 user samples
53,082 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 102% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 69% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 1.4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 69% Great: 102%
SPEED RANK: 61st / 1146
Gaming
Gaming 84%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 74%
Battleship
71,969 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 77% Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 77% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 49th / 1146
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
84.1 % 88.8 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
106 Pts 117 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+10%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
412 Pts 450 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+9%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
836 Pts Faster multi-core speed.
+29%
650 Pts
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
129 Pts +5% 123 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
508 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+6%
478 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1020 Pts Much faster OC multi-core speed.
+46%
699 Pts
Market Share
Based on 15,742,151 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.35 % 1.49 % Hugely higher market share.
+326%
Value
Value For Money
75.4 % 102 % Much better value.
+36%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % 115 % Much more popular.
+72%
Price
Price (score)
$391 $199 Much cheaper.
+49%
Age
Newest
55 Months 17 Months Much more recent.
+69%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
140 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+54%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
6 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+36%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.3 GHz Faster base frequency.
+18%
2.8 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 4 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+11%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
129 Pts Slightly faster single-core int speed.
+9%
118 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
128 Pts 128 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
512 Pts Slightly faster quad-core int speed.
+11%
461 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
501 Pts +0% 500 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
973 Pts Much faster multi-core int speed.
+45%
670 Pts
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
1039 Pts Much faster multi-core fp speed.
+41%
739 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Haswell-E Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA2011-V3 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
None UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q3'14 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
15 MB SmartCache 9 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
22 nm 14 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$389.00 - $396.00 N/A
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
0 GT/s 8 GT/s DMI3
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4 1333/1600/2133 DDR4-2666
Memory Channels
Max # of Memory Channels
4 2
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
None Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Package Size
Package Size
52.5mm x 45.0mm 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
Yes No
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
28 16

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The Intel Core i7-5820K is the cheapest of three (5820K,5930K,5960X) new Haswell-E prosumer/enthusiast processors. The 5820K sports six physical cores and twelve threads which allow for enormous processing throughput. Unfortunately Intel have somewhat handicapped the 5820K by setting its base clock at just 3.3 GHz, 0.7GHz lower than the class leading 4790K. Comparing the 4790K and 5820K shows that the cheaper i7-4790K is significantly faster at both single and dual threaded workloads. The additional two cores found in the 5820K are not relevant to general computing and as such the 5820K probably makes a better server rather than consumer proposition. The Haswell-E X99 architecture also requires DDR4 RAM which is currently far more expensive than DDR3. Overall the 5820K is a very expensive option and probably best avoided by the vast majority of consumers.  [Sep '14 CPUPro]

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The i5-8400 is a competitively priced hex-core processor from Intel’s 8th generation of Core processors (Coffee Lake). Along with the release of the unlocked i5-8600K, this is the first time that six-core processors have featured in the i5 line-up. Like the other Coffee Lake processors, the i5-8400 is based upon an improved version of Intel’s 14nm architecture which featured in both Skylake and Kaby Lake. Early benchmarks reveal that for average quad core usage (most games employ a maximum of four cores) the i5-8400 performs way above its pay grade. It achieves quad core mixed speeds close to Intel’s outgoing 2017 flagship the $300, quad-core, 8 thread i7-7700k, which to date has been a strong favourite for high-end gaming setups. On paper, the i5-8400 has a base clock of 2.8 GHz (Intel are significantly downplaying the performance of this SKU by giving it a relatively low nominal base clock), an all core boost of 3.8 GHz (this is the effective base clock figure that counts) and a single core boost of 4 GHz. This compares reasonably well to the i5-8600K which has a base clock of 3.6 GHz, all core boost of 4.1 GHz and a single core boost of 4.3 GHz. The i5-8400 also features 9MB of L3 cache and an energy-thrifty TDP of 65W. Priced at under $190, the i5-8400 offers fantastic value for money. Unfortunately, like the other Coffee Lake processors, the i5-8400 will require a new 300 series motherboard, and at the time of writing, the only available version is Intel’s high-end Z370 which isn't an ideal pairing for the i5-8400. The Z series motherboards are designed to cater for the unlocked and overclockable "K" SKUs. Cheaper 300 series motherboards will be available in 2018 at which time the 8400 will offer even better value for money. [Oct '17 CPUPro]

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