IntelBX80684I99900K
IntelBX80684I78700K

8 Cores, 16 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 417,926 user samples
77,416 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 79% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 79% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 2nd / 1184
Gaming
Gaming 101%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 101%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 100%
UFO
340,510 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 75% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Poor: 75% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 1184
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
101 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+10%
91.9 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
145 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+6%
137 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
287 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+7%
269 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
566 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+9%
518 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
1053 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+25%
843 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1495 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+42%
1053 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts 155 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
309 Pts +0% 308 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
618 Pts +2% 606 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
1206 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+23%
980 Pts
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1649 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+35%
1217 Pts
Market Share
Based on 20,953,136 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.97 % 2.02 % Hugely higher market share.
+108%
Value
Value For Money
87.3 % +2% 85.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
136 % +1% 135 %
Price
Price (score)
$468 $355 Cheaper.
+24%
Age
Newest
11 Months Much more recent.
+54%
24 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 Much higher thread count.
+33%
12 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
5 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+6%
4.7 GHz
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 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
$488.00 - $499.00 N/A
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015D (130W) PCG 2015C (130W)
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 Up to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4

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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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