IntelBX80684I79700K
IntelBX80684I78700K

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

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 476,445 user samples
98,499 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 79% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 1.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 79% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 3rd / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 100%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 99%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 90%
Aircraft carrier
377,946 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 78% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 1.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 78% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 18th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 93%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
99.7 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+8%
92.3 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
143 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+5%
136 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
285 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+7%
267 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
565 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+9%
516 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
1076 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+29%
835 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
156 Pts +1% 155 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
312 Pts +1% 308 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
623 Pts +2% 608 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
1210 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+23%
984 Pts
Market Share
Based on 22,610,516 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.3 % Much higher market share.
+32%
1.74 %
Value
Value For Money
92.2 % Slightly better value.
+7%
86 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
169 % Slightly more popular.
+13%
150 %
Price
Price (score)
$369 $360 +2%
Age
Newest
13 Months Much more recent.
+50%
26 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
8 cores Much higher core count.
+33%
6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads 12 threads Much higher thread count.
+50%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.9 GHz +4% 4.7 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1214 Pts 1223 Pts +1%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1090 Pts +4% 1051 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
12 MB SmartCache 12 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$374.00 - $385.00 N/A
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015D (130W) PCG 2015C (130W)
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 Up to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4

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Intel’s Core i7-9700K is an unlocked 9th generation Coffee Lake CPU. It is an 8 core, 8 thread processor. The 9700K features 12 MB of cache, a 95W TDP and Intel UHD 630 graphics. Like the other 9th generation chips, it is compatible with Intel’s new Z390 chipset as well as last years Z370 chipset (with an updated BIOS). The 9700K has stock base / boost clocks of 3.6 / 4.6 GHz and a single core boost of 4.9 GHz (compared to 3.6, 4.7 and 5.0 GHz for the flagship 9900K). This translates to almost identical single, quad and octa core performance between the 9900K and 9700K. Mainstream PC games do not benefit from more than eight threads, so at $350 (25% cheaper than the 9900K), the 9700K offers far better value for money to gamers. That said for purely gaming there is very little reason not to consider the i5-9600K which, when overclocked, offers almost equivalent gaming performance but at a 35% discount[Oct '18 CPUPro]

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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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