IntelBX80684I78700K
IntelBX80671I76850K

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

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.6GHz, Broadwell-E.
Release date: Q2 2016.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 473,899 user samples
456,529 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 83% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 83% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 22nd / 1258
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 85%
Aircraft carrier
17,370 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 78% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 2.2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 78% Great: 96%
SPEED RANK: 55th / 1258
Gaming
Gaming 87%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 77%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
94.4 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+8%
87.2 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
93.5 Pts +4% 90.3 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+16%
117 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
266 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+14%
233 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
512 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+13%
452 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
828 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+14%
725 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
97.6 Pts +1% 96.5 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
153 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+12%
137 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
303 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+13%
267 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
595 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+13%
526 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
958 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+14%
842 Pts
Market Share
Based on 31,798,345 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.4 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,700%
0.05 %
Value
Value For Money
90.8 % Better value.
+13%
80.6 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
175 % Hugely more popular.
+116%
81 %
Price
Price (score)
$320 Cheaper.
+14%
$370
Age
Newest
34 Months Much more recent.
+32%
50 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
140 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads 12 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz +3% 3.6 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.7 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+17%
4 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1191 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+15%
1033 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1035 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
+16%
895 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Broadwell-E
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 LGA2011-V3
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'17 Q2'16
Cache
Cache
12 MB 15 MB
Max Turbo Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency
4.70 GHz 4 GHz
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
64 GB 128 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-2666 DDR4 2400/2133
Memory Channels
Max # of Memory Channels
2 4
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® UHD Graphics 630 None
vPro Tech
Intel® vPro™ Technology ‡
Yes No
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
16 40

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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 Core i7-6850K is one of four new Broadwell-E prosumer CPUs. This model has six cores with base and turbo frequencies of 3.6 and 4.0 GHz respectively. The 6850K is based on the 14 nm Broadwell-E architecture. It has a TDP of 140 watts, 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes and no integrated graphics. Because of its relatively high MSRP of around $700, this CPU only makes sense for niche use cases which could include top end graphics design or video production workstations. Comparing the 6850K and 6700K shows that for typical desktop use the 6850K only offers a gain of around 10% for a whopping two fold price increase. This is because desktop computing largely depends on single core performance and the Skylake i7-6700K is both clocked higher and has higher IPC due to its one generation lead over the 6850K. [Jun '16 CPUPro]

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