IntelBX80662I76700K
IntelBX80646I74790K

4 Cores, 8 Threads @4.0GHz, Skylake.
Release date: Q3 2015.

4 Cores, 8 Threads @4.0GHz, Haswell.
Release date: Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 386,269 user samples
230,495 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 102% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 76% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 76% Great: 102%
SPEED RANK: 37th / 1132
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
155,774 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 73% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.5 GHz (avg)
Poor: 73% Great: 99%
SPEED RANK: 46th / 1132
Gaming
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 63%
Destroyer
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
88.9 % +4% 85.6 %
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
126 Pts +3% 122 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
432 Pts +4% 415 Pts
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
669 Pts Slightly faster multi-core speed.
+5%
637 Pts
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
142 Pts +4% 136 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
514 Pts +3% 499 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
757 Pts +5% 722 Pts
Market Share
Based on 11,636,403 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.98 % Higher market share.
+18%
1.68 %
Value
Value For Money
87.9 % Slightly better value.
+12%
78.7 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
82 % 94 % Slightly more popular.
+15%
Price
Price (score)
$300 Cheaper.
+18%
$365
Age
Newest
38 Months More recent.
+27%
52 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
91 Watts 88 Watts +3%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads 8 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+36%
22 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
4 GHz 4 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz +5%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
138 Pts 138 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
147 Pts Slightly faster single-core fp speed.
+7%
138 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
501 Pts 506 Pts +1%
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
535 Pts Slightly faster quad-core fp speed.
+6%
505 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
693 Pts +1% 688 Pts
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
807 Pts Slightly faster multi-core fp speed.
+10%
735 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Skylake Haswell
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1150
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 530 HD 4600
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q3'15 Q2'14
Lithography
Lithography
14 nm 22 nm
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
8 GT/s DMI3 5 GT/s DMI2
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015D (130W) PCG 2013D
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
64 GB 32 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V DDR3-1333/1600, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.5V
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
34.1 GB/s 25.6 GB/s
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Output
Graphics Output
eDP/DP/HDMI/DVI eDP/DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.15 GHz 1.25 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory
Graphics Video Max Memory
64 GB 2 GB
Graphics and IMC Lithography
Graphics and IMC Lithography
14 nm 22 nm
TSX-NI
Intel® TSX-NI
Yes No

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