IntelBX80684I78700K
AMD100-100000023BOX

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

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12 Cores, 24 Threads @3.8GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q3 2019.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 351,644 user samples
341,147 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.1 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 75% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 75% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 15th / 1182
Gaming
Gaming 92%
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Desktop
Desktop 94%
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Workstation
Workstation 78%
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10,497 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 100% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 88% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 2.5 GHz (avg)
Poor: 88% Great: 100%
SPEED RANK: 4th / 1182
Gaming
Gaming 96%
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Desktop
Desktop 96%
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Workstation
Workstation 119%
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Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
91.6 % 96 % +5%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts 138 Pts +1%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
267 Pts 273 Pts +2%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
516 Pts 538 Pts +4%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
839 Pts 1055 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+26%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1049 Pts 2156 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+106%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+8%
144 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
307 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+7%
286 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
604 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+7%
563 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
972 Pts 1108 Pts Slightly faster OC octa-core speed.
+14%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1213 Pts 2294 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+89%
Market Share
Based on 20,235,720 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.18 % Hugely higher market share.
+207%
0.71 %
Value
Value For Money
86.2 % Slightly better value.
+6%
81.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
119 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
110 %
Price
Price (score)
$347 Much cheaper.
+31%
$505
Age
Newest
23 Months 2 Months Hugely more recent.
+91%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts Slightly more energy efficient.
+10%
105 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 12 cores Hugely higher core count.
+100%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads 24 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
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 +2% 4.6 GHz
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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Early Q3 of 2019 welcomes the Ryzen 9 3900X, AMD’s current top of the range, third generation Ryzen flagship which raises the bar for 64-core processing on desktop CPUs. This is AMD’s first Ryzen 9 processor and it is a 12-core, 24-thread CPU based on their latest 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The 3900X has a boost/base clock of 3.8/4.6 GHz, 64 MB of L3 cache (double the L3 on the rest of 3000 series), support for 3200 MHz DDR4 system memory and a TDP of 105W. All this, plus a Wraith Prism cooler, at a very reasonable launch price of $499 USD. By comparison, Intel’s 8-core, 16 thread i9-9900K is available for $479 USD (and requires a cooler: $30+ USD). Benchmarks illustrate that the overclocked 3900X leads by a whopping 41% for 64-core processing but that the 9900K maintains a 10% lead for gaming, desktop and other sub octa-core tasks. The 3900 memory controller is significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations and shows a better write throughput than the lower spec 3000 models, but it still shows relatively high latency. In terms of 64-core performance at this price point, there is no threat from Intel. The only real competitor is the upcoming (Q4, 2019) 16-core, 32-thread 3950X ($749 USD). The Ryzen 9 3900X is compatible with the new PCIe 4.0 enabled X570 motherboard via an AM4 socket, as well as 400 and 300 series motherboards. [Jul '19 CPUPro]

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