IntelBX80684I99900K
IntelBX80684I58600K

8 Cores, 16 Threads @3.6GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.6GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 109,493 user samples
22,032 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 131% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.2 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 96% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 96% Great: 131%
SPEED RANK: 7th / 1146
Gaming
Gaming 120%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 116%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 123%
UFO
87,461 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 119% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 87% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 1.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 87% Great: 119%
SPEED RANK: 26th / 1146
Gaming
Gaming 101%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 97%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 73%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
120 % Faster effective speed.
+19%
101 %
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
144 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+9%
132 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
562 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+10%
511 Pts
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1496 Pts Hugely faster multi-core speed.
+103%
736 Pts
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
156 Pts +1% 155 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
619 Pts +2% 608 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1667 Pts Hugely faster OC multi-core speed.
+90%
877 Pts
Market Share
Based on 14,838,267 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.55 % Much higher market share.
+44%
1.08 %
Value
Value For Money
95.6 % 105 % Slightly better value.
+10%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % 130 % Hugely more popular.
+91%
Price
Price (score)
$530 $259 Much cheaper.
+51%
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
16 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+167%
6 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
5 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+16%
4.3 GHz
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
152 Pts +2% 149 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
161 Pts 162 Pts +1%
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
602 Pts +4% 580 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
640 Pts 645 Pts +1%
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
1518 Pts Hugely faster multi-core int speed.
+82%
832 Pts
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
1770 Pts Hugely faster multi-core fp speed.
+87%
949 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
16 MB SmartCache 9 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
$488.00 - $499.00 N/A
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015D (130W) PCG 2015C (130W)
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.20 GHz 1.15 GHz
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
Yes No
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 new consumer flagship CPU for 2018 is the i9-9900K, an 8 core, 16 thread, unlocked 9th generation Intel core desktop processor. It is based on the third round of optimization of Intel’s 14nm Coffee Lake architecture, which in this iteration, yields more cores. This is a retort to AMD’s 8 core 16 thread Ryzen 7 processors that launched in Q2 2018, to fill the gap before Intel releases it’s 10nm Cannon Lake based CPUs in, perhaps, late 2019. In direct proportion to the increased number of cores, average multi-core benchmarks are around 33% higher on the 8 core 9900K than the previous generation 6 core 8700K. The i9-9900K has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz, ramping up to an all-core turbo boost frequency of 4.7 GHz and a single-core turbo boost speed of 5.0 GHz (the highest frequency achieved yet from this class of Intel CPU). It features 16 MB of cache, a 95W TDP and Intel UHD graphics 630. The 9900K is compatible with the new Z390 chipset from Intel, and subject to a BIOS update, is also compatible with the Z370 chipset. This premium CPU is expected to retail at $500, which compares to around $300 for the 8 core, 16 thread Ryzen 7 2700X. Although the 9900K has around a 16% effective speed advantage over the 2700X, the Ryzen 2700X offers better value for money for most users. [Oct '18 CPUPro]

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The unlocked hex-core i5-8600K from Intel’s latest Coffee Lake generation of processors is the new flagship of the i5 series, succeeding the Kaby Lake quad-core i5-7600K. The 8th generation of processors brings the largest performance uplift since Sandy Bridge by adding more cores at each of the i3, i5 and i7 product lines. Like the other Coffee Lake processors, the i5-8600K is built upon optimized 14nm architecture, marginally improved upon from Kaby Lake and Skylake. The 8600K has a 95W TDP and a nominal stock clock of 3.6 GHz, which boosts to 4.1 GHz for all six cores, 4.2 GHz for dual/quad and 4.3 GHz for single core. Early benchmarks put the i5-8600K’s effective speed 15% ahead of the i5-7600K. A 50% increase in multi-core speed is explained by two additional cores and thanks to the quad-core clock bump from 4 GHz on the 7600K to 4.2 GHz on the 8600K there is also an additional 5% performance boost across all workloads. All Coffee Lake processors require a 300-series chipset, making a straight CPU upgrade unfeasible despite sharing the same socket as their Z270 predecessors. Even though most games still use less than 4 cores simultaneously, the i5-8600K is a great choice for gamers (especially streamers) but for $80 less, the 8350K which is faster than last years 7600K and only marginally weaker for gaming than the 8600K is certainly well worth considering as well. [Oct '17 CPUPro]

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