IntelBX80684I99900K
IntelBX80633I74960X
$1,189

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

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6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.6GHz, Ivy Bridge-E.
Release date: Q3 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 117,748 user samples
114,916 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 78% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 78% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 3rd / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 99%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 99%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 100%
Nuclear submarine
2,832 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 60% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 60% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 112th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
99 % Much faster effective speed.
+38%
72 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
143 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+38%
104 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
284 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+37%
208 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
560 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+38%
407 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
1041 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+59%
653 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+23%
126 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
309 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+23%
252 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
617 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+24%
496 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
1197 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+50%
798 Pts
Market Share
Based on 22,645,910 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.63 % Insanely higher market share.
+8,050%
0.02 %
Value
Value For Money
85.5 % Much better value.
+77%
48.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
158 % Hugely more popular.
+187%
55 %
Price
Price (score)
$475 Much cheaper.
+60%
$1,189
Age
Newest
13 Months Hugely more recent.
+83%
75 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts More energy efficient.
+27%
130 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
8 cores Much higher core count.
+33%
6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
16 threads Much higher thread count.
+33%
12 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+36%
22 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
5 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+25%
4 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1674 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+72%
973 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1498 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+83%
817 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Ivy Bridge-E
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA2011
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q3'13
Cache
Cache
16 MB SmartCache 15 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2 SSE4.2, AVX, AES
Lithography
Lithography
14 nm 22 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$488.00 - $499.00 N/A
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
8 GT/s DMI3 5 GT/s DMI2
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-2666 DDR3 1333/1600/1866
Memory Channels
Max # of Memory Channels
2 4
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
41.6 GB/s 59.7 GB/s
Package Size
Package Size
37.5mm x 37.5mm 52.5mm x 45.0mm
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
16 40

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