IntelBX80684I79700K
IntelBX80684I78700K

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

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 269,308 user samples
18,198 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 126% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 90% Base clock 0.8 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 90% Great: 126%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1146
Gaming
Gaming 113%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 109%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 96%
Nuclear submarine
251,110 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 124% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 91% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Poor: 91% Great: 124%
SPEED RANK: 21st / 1146
Gaming
Gaming 107%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 105%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 94%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
113 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+5%
107 %
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
143 Pts +4% 137 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
558 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+7%
522 Pts
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1061 Pts 1065 Pts +0%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
157 Pts +2% 154 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
624 Pts +2% 613 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1203 Pts 1228 Pts +2%
Market Share
Based on 14,838,267 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.28 % 2.92 % Hugely higher market share.
+128%
Value
Value For Money
99.5 % +0% 99.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
57 % 160 % Hugely more popular.
+181%
Price
Price (score)
$410 $360 Slightly cheaper.
+12%
Age
Newest
4 Months Much more recent.
+75%
16 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
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
152 Pts +1% 150 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
164 Pts +3% 159 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
598 Pts +1% 592 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
656 Pts +3% 634 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
1141 Pts +3% 1113 Pts
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
1292 Pts 1313 Pts +2%
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 CPU, released alongside the i5-9600K and the i9-9900K. The 9700K is an 8 core, 8 thread processor based on the third iteration of Intel’s 14nm Coffee Lake architecture, which sees an increase in the number of cores available to mainstream consumers, in line with AMD’s Ryzen 7 offerings. The 9700K features 12 MB of cache, a 95W TDP and Intel UHD graphics 630. And 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 a base frequency of 3.6 GHz, rising to 4.6 GHz when all 8 cores are engaged and a single core boost frequency of 4.9 GHz (compared to 3.6 GHz, 4.7 GHz and 5.0 GHz for the flagship 9900K). This translates to similar single and quad core performance to the 9900K, but due to the higher number of threads, the 9900K has around a 50% higher multi-core benchmark than the 9700K. Currently most PC games do not engage more than 4 cores, so at $420 (15% cheaper than the 9900K), the 9700K offers better value for money to gamers. If instead, great multi-core performance is a necessity, at $290, the 8 core 16 thread Ryzen 7 2700X is a more prudent choice, with a 30% higher multi-core benchmark than the 9700K.  [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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