IntelBX80684I78700
IntelBX80684I59600K

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.2GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2017.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 346,094 user samples
178,311 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 76% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 0.9 GHz (avg)
Poor: 76% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 28th / 1258
Gaming
Gaming 90%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 81%
Aircraft carrier
167,783 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 87% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 87% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1258
Gaming
Gaming 96%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 97%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Aircraft carrier
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
90.2 % 95.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
90.7 Pts 93 Pts +3%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
128 Pts 137 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+7%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
251 Pts 271 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+8%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
482 Pts 534 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+11%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
776 Pts +1% 766 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
96.5 Pts 97.2 Pts +1%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts 155 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+13%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
271 Pts 308 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+14%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
531 Pts 612 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+15%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
872 Pts 896 Pts +3%
Market Share
Based on 31,655,367 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.01 % 1.25 % Higher market share.
+24%
Value
Value For Money
88.3 % 106 % Better value.
+20%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
122 % 213 % Much more popular.
+75%
Price
Price (score)
$300 $195 Much cheaper.
+35%
Age
Newest
34 Months 21 Months Much more recent.
+38%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
6 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.2 GHz 3.7 GHz Faster base frequency.
+16%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz 4.6 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1075 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+20%
899 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
958 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
+24%
770 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'17 Q4'18
Cache
Cache
12 MB 9 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2 Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
N/A $262.00 - $263.00
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015C (65W) PCG 2015D (130W)
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.20 GHz 1.15 GHz
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
Yes No
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
Up to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4 Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4

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The high-end hex core, 12 thread i7-8700 is second in Intel’s line up of 8th generation Coffee Lake CPUs that witnesses an increase in the number of cores at each SKU, as well as further refinement on the 14nm architecture as seen in the 6th and 7th generations. The i7-8700 features a TDP of 65W, 12MB of L3 Cache and 16 PCIe lanes. Although the 8700 has a base clock of 3.2 GHz it has an all core boost of 4.3 GHz and a single core boost of 4.6 GHz. These are unusually high clocks for a non-K SKU, Intel have historically clocked their non-K SKUs around 10% lower than the flagship K variants but with Coffee Lake, the 8700 is almost a match for a stock 8700K. Priced at $320, the i7-8700 offers exceptional single, quad and multi-core processing power to the mainstream market but unfortunately a new 300 series chipset will also need to be factored into the purchase. AMD’s comparably priced Ryzen 7 1700X is an 8 core 16 thread processor which is around 20% faster at multi-threaded tasks, but has around 20% slower single and quad core performance so the choice between these two processors is use case dependant but generally favours Intel for most desktop users whose workloads are typically single or dual core bound.  [Oct '17 CPUPro]

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The hex-core i5-9600K is third in Intel’s line-up of 9th generation Coffee Lake CPUs. It has a TDP of 95W and requires an aftermarket cooler (such as the $20 GAMMAXX 400). The 9600K was designed to be overclocked. Once this is enabled in the BIOS (requires a Z-series motherboard), the 9600K runs 10% faster. In terms of performance, the i5-9600K is almost unbeatable for desktop users and it has sufficient multi-core performance to handle all but the most demanding workstation tasks. For CPU encoding (Cinebench, Blender, Handbrake etc.) the Ryzen 3000 series offers great 64-core performance. For example the overclocked Ryzen 3600 is approximately 13% worse for gaming, desktop and normal consumer workloads but it is 27% faster for 64-core processing. CPU encoding is akin to using hair clippers on a lawn, encoding tasks are far better performed by dedicated hardware such an NVENC or QuickSync. At stock clocks the i5-9600K is around 8% slower than Intel’s flagship i9-9900K but when both are overclocked, the 9600K closes the gaming gap to within two or three percent. Considering that the 9900K is the fastest gaming processor available, and almost twice the price of the 9600K, this is no small feat. The i5-9600K is aimed squarely at gamers who are not willing to compromise on performance but don't want to pay more than they need to. [Oct '18 CPUPro]

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