IntelBX80684I78700K
AMD100-100000159BOX
$120

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2017.

 $120 

4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.8GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q2 2020.

CSGO
Dust 2 1080p Max
284 EFps Better CSGO EFps.
+13%
251 EFps
GTAV
Franklin & Lamar 1080p Max
106 EFps Slightly Better GTAV EFps.
+7%
99 EFps
Overwatch
Temple of Anubis 1080p Max
139 EFps Slightly Better Overwatch EFps.
+6%
131 EFps
PUBG
M249 Training 1080p Max
139 EFps Better PUBG EFps.
+23%
113 EFps
Fortnite
UserBenchmark Island 1080p Max
139 EFps Slightly Better Fortnite EFps.
+9%
128 EFps
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 490,397 user samples
487,590 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 83% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 83% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 23rd / 1257
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 86%
Aircraft carrier
2,807 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 90% Base clock 4.4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 75% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 75% Great: 90%
SPEED RANK: 103rd / 1257
Gaming
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
94.4 % Faster effective speed.
+14%
82.5 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
93.6 Pts Lower memory latency.
+17%
79.7 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts 136 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
267 Pts +2% 263 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
512 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+12%
458 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
833 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+15%
725 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
97.5 Pts Lower OC memory latency.
+10%
88.4 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
154 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+8%
142 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
305 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+9%
281 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
597 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+14%
524 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
978 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+24%
786 Pts
Market Share
Based on 31,470,072 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.31 % Hugely higher market share.
+589%
0.19 %
Value
Value For Money
90.8 % 104 % Better value.
+14%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
174 % Much more popular.
+51%
115 %
Price
Price (score)
$320 $120 Much cheaper.
+62%
Age
Newest
34 Months 2 Months Hugely more recent.
+94%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads Much higher thread count.
+50%
8 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+50%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.7 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+9%
4.3 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1204 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+53%
786 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1041 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+43%
730 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen2
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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The i7-8700K is Intel’s latest, top of the range, 8th generation Coffee Lake processor. Like Kaby Lake and Sky Lake before that, Coffee Lake is based on Intel’s 14nm architecture which has been slightly optimized on each iteration. Following AMD’s modus operandi, Intel has upped the cores and threads across the range of their CPUs. In previous generations, a 6-core processor would have been a high-end desk-top (HEDT) processor, however the i7-8700K is the first Intel CPU with 6 cores and 12 threads to be classified (and priced) as a mainstream consumer processor. Specifically, the i7-8700K features a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz which boosts to 4.7 GHz (4.5 GHz for the previous generation i7-7700k), 12MB of smart (L3) cache and 2 channels of DDR4 RAM. The majority of the performance improvements over the 7th generation stem from the higher core count which results in a 50% increase in multi-core speed between the i7-7700k and i7-8700k. A new motherboard will need to be factored into the budget when upgrading to the 8700K as it requires a new Intel Z370 chipset which has supposedly been designed to better deliver power to CPUs with a greater number of cores. Also available in this latest release of CPUs is the 6 core 6 thread i5-8600k which is a more rational option (around $100 cheaper) for the vast majority of users that don’t require hyper-threading. Sandy bridge owners can finally justify an upgrade but with the next iteration of AMD's Zen architecture just around the corner the CPU market will be a lot faster moving now that Intel, once again, has to compete. [Sep '17 CPUPro]

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The 3300X is a 4-core Ryzen CPU. Priced at just $120 USD, it offers far better value to gamers than all the Ryzen CPUs before it. This is great news for potential buyers, and bad luck for gamers that recently spent nearly three times more on the 8-core 3700X. The reduction from eight to four cores results in more efficient caching and higher boost clocks. AMD’s marketing has abruptly broken from the firmly established “moar cores” mantra to a conveniently realistic: four cores are actually okay. Maybe they had an epiphany: “less coars”! Shifting goalposts this quickly reveals both an unhealthy focus on first time buyers and a brazen disregard for existing customers. Marketing aside, the 3300X remains constrained by high architectural latency and the associated gaming bottleneck (frame drops). Comparing an overclocked 3300X pegged at 4425 MHz to a stock Intel Core i3-10100 running at 4100 MHz shows that the i3-10100 delivers better gaming performance in four out of five games. The 10100 also includes an iGPU with QuickSync hardware encoding. Since additional cores make little difference to gamers, there are no significant upgrades beyond the 3300X in the Ryzen product stack. In order to achieve better gaming performance, it is necessary to upgrade to a higher tier Intel CPU. Aside from the mob of marketers that steamroll social media with anonymous accounts (reddit, forums, youtube etc.), users will be hard pressed to find arguments for actual use cases that favor the 3300X over the i3-10100. Gamers are bottlenecked by the Ryzen architecture and desktop users need integrated graphics. [Jun '20 CPUPro]

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