Intel
IntelBX80684I78700K

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.2 GHz, Gulftown.
Release date ≤ Q2 2014.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 362,683 user samples
2,304 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 66% Base clock 4.4 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 47% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 1.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 47% Great: 66%
SPEED RANK: 290th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 55%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Speed boat
360,379 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 80% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 80% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 17th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
55.4 % 93.1 % Much faster effective speed.
+68%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
80.9 Pts 137 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+69%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
160 Pts 269 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+68%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
311 Pts 521 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+68%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
486 Pts 844 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+74%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
97.1 Pts 155 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+60%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
193 Pts 307 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+59%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
380 Pts 607 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+60%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
586 Pts 987 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+68%
Market Share
Based on 22,711,973 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.01 % 1.78 % Insanely higher market share.
+17,700%
Value
Value For Money
47.4 % 86.7 % Hugely better value.
+83%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 149 % Hugely more popular.
+181%
Price
Price (score)
$490 $360 Cheaper.
+27%
Age
Newest
67+ Months 26 Months Much more recent.
+61%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
719 Pts 1226 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+71%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
591 Pts 1054 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+78%
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q3'10 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
12 MB SmartCache 12 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.2 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
32 nm 14 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$594.00 N/A
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
4.8 GT/s QPI 8 GT/s DMI3
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
24 GB 64 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR3 800/1066 DDR4-2666
Memory Channels
Max # of Memory Channels
3 2
Package Size
Package Size
42.5mm X 45.0mm 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
No Yes
Turbo Boost Tech
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
1.0 2.0
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
No Yes

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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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