IntelBX80684I79700K
IntelBX80677I77700K

8 Cores, 8 Threads @3.6GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

4 Cores, 8 Threads @4.2GHz, Kaby Lake.
Release date: Q1 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 345,511 user samples
49,455 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 79% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 1.5 GHz (avg)
Poor: 79% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 3rd / 1176
Gaming
Gaming 98%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 98%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 77%
Battleship
296,056 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 98% Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 72% Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 72% Great: 98%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 1176
Gaming
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Gunboat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
98.3 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+15%
85.8 %
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
143 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+6%
135 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
561 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+21%
464 Pts
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1063 Pts Much faster multi-core speed.
+52%
701 Pts
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
156 Pts +3% 151 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
620 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+11%
558 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1197 Pts Much faster OC multi-core speed.
+50%
797 Pts
Market Share
Based on 18,664,563 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.02 % 1.53 % Much higher market share.
+50%
Value
Value For Money
90.6 % Slightly better value.
+13%
80.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
100 % 104 % +4%
Price
Price (score)
$362 $349 +4%
Age
Newest
9 Months Much more recent.
+70%
30 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 91 Watts +4%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
8 cores Hugely higher core count.
+100%
4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads 8 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz Faster base frequency.
+17%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.9 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+9%
4.5 GHz
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
151 Pts +2% 148 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
163 Pts +4% 157 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
600 Pts Slightly faster quad-core int speed.
+10%
545 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
650 Pts Slightly faster quad-core fp speed.
+12%
579 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
1126 Pts Much faster multi-core int speed.
+55%
726 Pts
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
1280 Pts Much faster multi-core fp speed.
+50%
851 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Kaby Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 HD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q1'17
Cache
Cache
12 MB SmartCache 8 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$374.00 - $385.00 $339.00 - $350.00
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-2666 DDR4-2133/2400, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® UHD Graphics 630 Intel® HD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency
Graphics Base Frequency
350 MHz 350.00 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.20 GHz 1.15 GHz
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Yes No

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The Core i7-7700K is Intel’s flagship Kaby Lake based CPU which is reported to have the same IPC as its predecessor, Skylake. Comparing the 7700K and 6700K shows that both average effective speed and peak overclocked speed are up by 7%. Most of the increase in average effective speed is explained by the 5% boost in base clocks from 4.0 to 4.2 GHz. The improved peak lab speed is attributable to a combination of better overclocking capacity and improvements in Intel’s speedshift technology which make the 7700K slightly more responsive. Kaby Lake also has marginally better HD 630 integrated graphics. The i7-7700K is priced similarly to the i7-6700K so for top end gaming and workstation builds, the 7700K is the clear choice for 2017. AMD’s Ryzen will release later this year so things could change at that time. [Jan '17 CPUPro]

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