Core i7 vs. i9: What’s the Difference?

Core i7 vs. i9: What's the Difference?

If you’re considering upgrading your computer or just want to stay on top of the latest tech trends, the i7 vs. i9 debate is one of the most common CPU questions.

Which CPU is the right pick?

Let’s take a look.

Intel Core i7 vs. Core i9

The Intel Core i7 and Core i9 are both high-end desktop processors designed to use your computer for complex operations.

They are both built for multi-threading, which means they can run multiple tasks at once without lagging or slowing down.

In terms of power and speed, the i7 and i9 have a lot in common.

So what really sets them apart?

Let’s start with a few similarities:

Both CPUs have six cores. This lets your computer run several programs simultaneously without struggling or getting stuck.

Both CPUs have a maximum Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 140 Watts.

This limits overheating and gives you a comfortable amount of headroom to work with each component inside your computer case.

Both support DDR4 RAM. This lets you multitask even more efficiently by running several programs simultaneously without losing speed or experiencing slowdowns during any of them.

Technically, they both support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory per stick, but in practicality, most computers limit this number so there’s really no need to worry about it unless you have a very powerful computer with a lot of storage space and other components inside like drives and graphics cards.

Intel has developed both CPUs to be compatible with computers that support LGA 1151 socket types.

The i7 and i9 are both 16-nanometer processors. This means they’re extremely fast and extremely efficient in terms of power use.

And now, let’s take a look at how these two CPUs differ:

Core i9 can be unlocked, which lets you overclock the processor. Core i7 can only be overclocked up to 4.5 GHz, while Core i9 can be overclocked up to 4.8GHz.

This gives you the ability to push your machine beyond its limits and get better performance without spending too much money on new hardware or taking any extra steps in setting up your system.

Note: Overclocking is when you push your computer beyond its limits to get it to work faster.

A lot of people like this option because it lets them maximize their investment in new hardware. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing, or if your computer isn’t compatible with overclocking, then this feature can cause more problems than benefits.

Core i9 has Hyper-Threading. This gives your computer the ability to run virtual threads, which can let you multitask more efficiently. Core i7 does not have Hyper-Threading.

Only i9 features HT, which lets the CPU run certain apps and programs at double speed.

Note: In essence, Hyper-Threading allows tasks to be split up into parts that can be executed simultaneously by different cores.

So if your computer needs to run several programs that all require high speeds but aren’t too complicated, then i9 could make this process a little smoother and faster in comparison.

Virtual Threads lets your computer run more than one thread of a program or process at once.

For example, if you were editing two videos (or working on two projects) that require high CPU usage simultaneously, then the i9 could help make this process smoother and faster by letting each task use up 100% of the CPU’s power instead of 50%.

Core i9 has a maximum Turbo Boost of 4.8 GHz. This is much faster than the Core i7’s Turbo Boost of 4.2 GHz.

Note: Turbo Boost is when your CPU can temporarily speed up in response to high demand for performance, which makes multitasking more efficient.

For example, if you were running several programs that all require fast speeds at once but aren’t very complicated, then the i9 could help make this process less stressful on the components inside your computer case by giving each program 100% of your computer’s power instead of 50%.

Another difference is L3 Cache size. Core i7 has 8 MB of L3 cache while Core i9 has 12MB of L3 cache.

This only affects the amount of memory your CPU can access when it’s performing really complex or high-demand tasks like running several games at once with multiple graphics cards installed. If you don’t rely on computationally intensive programs, then there’s no difference.

Another difference is L2 Cache. Core i7 has 256KB of L2 Cache while Core i9 has 1MB of L2 cache.

This only affects the amount of memory your CPU can access when it’s performing really complex or high-demand tasks like running several games at once with multiple graphics cards installed. If you don’t rely on computationally intensive programs, then there’s no difference.

There are several other differences that affect performance between these two CPUs as well: The type and speed of RAM support, number and type of USB 3.0 ports, number and type of SATA ports, and maximum Thermal Design Power (TDP) to name a few important ones we didn’t list here.

Remember, though, that you can use software to emulate some of these features if you don’t have the hardware they’re associated with.

For example, i7 CPUs do not support VT-d or VT-x technologies, but you can still use them in a virtualized environment by using something like VirtualBox.

Overall, Core i9 is better at multitasking and high-performance computing while Core i7 excels in single-threaded applications and is a little less power-hungry.

It’s also worth noting that Intel® Turbo Boost Max 3.0, which lets each processor decide which core will run the most demanding tasks so it can maximize efficiency, isn’t available on either one.

 

Core i7 vs. Core i9: Desktop Performance

The Core i7 and the Core i9 chips are really good on desktop systems, because of their high power draw and thermal output (compared to options in the Core i3 and i5 lines).

Their serious power is better managed in desktop PC builds that can utilize custom cooling and larger power supplies.

Here’s a comparative look at the Core i7 and Core i9 desktop CPUs that we have tested in the last few years, on four key tests that outline pure CPU power with all cores and threads in play.

Let’s start with the i9.

Core i9

Mainstream Desktops

Core i9 Mainstream Desktops

 

High-End Desktops (Core X-Series)

Core i9 High-End Desktops (Core X-Series)

 

Laptop/Mobile (H-Series)

core i9 Laptop/Mobile (H-Series)

 

The Latest Core i9 CPUs

Intel Core i9-11900K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 5.3 GHz Unlocked LGA1200 (Intel 500 Series & Select 400 Series Chipset) 125W

Intel Core i9-11900K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 5.3 GHz Unlocked LGA1200 (Intel 500 Series & Select 400 Series Chipset) 125W


Intel Core i9-10900K Desktop Processor 10 Cores up to 5.3 GHz Unlocked  LGA1200 (Intel 400 Series Chipset) 125W

Intel Core i9-10900K Desktop Processor 10 Cores up to 5.3 GHz Unlocked  LGA1200 (Intel 400 Series Chipset) 125W


Intel Core i9 i9-10980XE Octadeca-core (18 Core) 3 GHz Processor – 24.75 MB Cache – 4.60 GHz Overclocking Speed – 14 nm – 165 W – 36 Threads

Intel Core i9 i9-10980XE Octadeca-core (18 Core) 3 GHz Processor - 24.75 MB Cache - 4.60 GHz Overclocking Speed - 14 nm - 165 W - 36 Threads

 

 

Core i7

Mainstream Desktops

core i7 mainstream desktop

High-End Desktops (Core X-Series)

core i7 High-End Desktops (Core X-Series)

 

Laptop/Mobile (H-Series)

core i7 Laptop/Mobile (H-Series)

 

Core i7 and Core i9 in Laptops

With laptops, the same logic applies. If you want to play games in 4K or VR with settings cranked up, go for i9.

Otherwise, i7 will do just fine.

However, the laptop market trails the desktop market when it comes to high-powered CPUs.

Currently, not a ton of laptops offer Core i9 processors.

Intel’s processors to supercharge laptops are called the H-Series with names that end is either H or HK.

Core i9 shows up in the H or HK. Some Core i7 processors do as well.

Core i7s are heavily used in the U-Series, which are common in thinner laptops.

In the 11th Generation line of H-Series chips – which are called “Tiger Lake-H” – Intel offers:

  • Core i9-11900H
  • i9-11950H, and
  • i9-11980HK (for larger laptops that can accommodate them)

Core i7 computers are more common.

Core i7 models will be popular over the course of Intel’s 11th Generation laptop-CPU launch relative to i9s. This has been the case in previous generations as well (e.g., i7 vs. i5, i5 vs. i3).

Both Core i7 and i9 CPUs are great for production laptops or in gaming laptops.

However, their power draw and greater thermal outputs often mean heavier designs that make these machines less portable relative to i3- or i5-based machines.

It’s ultimately up to the user, but Core i7 is generally more than enough.

Exceptions might be those who do heavy-duty video editing, software development, gaming, and other extremely CPU-intensive tasks.

 

Gaming: Do You Need a Core i7 or a Core i9 for Desktop Fragging?

In a review from PC Gamer, it was found that their Core i9 laptop exhibited better performance over its Core i7 cousin in select games across both 1080p and 4K resolutions.

Test titles included Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Overwatch, Far Cry 5, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Dota 2, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Rocket League, Civilization VI, Rainbow Six Siege, Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition, Grand Theft Auto V, Total War: Warhammer II and X-Plane 11.

On average throughout these titles, the Core i9 laptop was an average of around 15 percent faster than the Core i7 machine.

The biggest discrepancy between the two machines occurred in PUBG and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, where the Core i9 laptop was as much as 35 percent faster than the Core i7 model.

On average, both units were found to be more or less equal when it came to 1080p gaming at high frame rates, with both clocking respectable scores hovering around 60 frames per second (fps).

When it came to 4K resolution, however, this is where the differences became apparent.

The Core i9-powered laptop averaged around 45 fps on these test titles; while its lower-spec cousin could only manage around 25fps on similar tests.

As for desktops, it really comes down to preference… do you need hyperthreading? Do you want i7 or i9? Are you overclocking your machine regardless of what it is?

Generally speaking, if you are on a budget and can’t reach higher than an i5, get that instead. If not, look into either getting an i5 or i7 depending on your answer to the questions above.

For gaming: Core i9 > Core i7 > Core i5 > Core i3

Lots of Apple MacBook Air’s run on Core i3 and MacBook Pros run on Core i5.

Everyone knows the MacBook Pro runs a bit better than the MacBook Air, but the differences are generally not much to worry about for those who use their computer for basic tasks only.

 

The Latest Core i7 CPUs

Intel Core i7-10700K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 5.1 GHz Unlocked LGA1200 (Intel 400 Series Chipset) 125W (BX8070110700K)

Intel Core i7-10700K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 5.1 GHz Unlocked LGA1200 (Intel 400 Series Chipset) 125W (BX8070110700K)


Intel Core i7-9700K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 3.6 GHz Turbo unlocked LGA1151 300 Series 95W

Intel Core i7-9700K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 3.6 GHz Turbo unlocked LGA1151 300 Series 95W


Intel Core i7-8700K Desktop Processor 6 Cores up to 4.7GHz Turbo Unlocked LGA1151 300 Series 95W

Intel Core i7-8700K Desktop Processor 6 Cores up to 4.7GHz Turbo Unlocked LGA1151 300 Series 95W

 

 

Intel Core i7 vs. Core i9: Which Processor Is Better?

At the end of the day, there are a lot of reasons to like both CPUs. However, it all boils down to what you want to do with your computer and how you want to use it.

If speed is your primary concern, then Core i9 is going to be a better choice for you.

For example, if you edit video or play graphics-intensive games, then Core i9 offers a lot more power and gives programs a smoother experience.

If you mainly use your computer for everyday tasks (internet browsing, word processing) or run one program at a time that doesn’t require much horsepower from the CPU, then Core i7 will work just fine for you, too!

 

Conclusion

Both CPUs are great choices for their respective prices, but ultimately it comes down to personal preference.

The i7 is slightly less expensive. It is less powerful but it’s also more than sufficient for somebody who does lighter stuff on a computer – internet, spreadsheets, email, word processing, and similar tasks.

Going with a big powerful CPU is probably going to be overkill in that case.

The i9 is going to give you a bit more.

The Intel Core i7 and Core i9 are both high-performance CPUs built to give you optimal computing capabilities for complex tasking and multitasking.


Appendix

12th generation Core

Desktop (goes under the codename “Alder Lake”)
Processor
Family
Model Cores Clock Rate Integrated Graphics Cache TDP Price
(USD)
Launch
Base
clock rate
All-Core
Turbo
Max Turbo Turbo Max 3.0 GPU Max GPU
Clock Rate
EUs L2 Cache Smart
cache
Base Turbo
P Cores E Cores Threads P Cores E Cores P Cores E Cores
Core i9 12900K 8 8 24 3.2 GHz 2.4 GHz 5.1 GHz 3.9 GHz 5.2 GHz 5.2 GHz UHD 770 1.55 GHz 32 14 MB 30 MB 125 W 241 W $ 589 Q4 2021
12900KF $ 569
12900 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz 5.0 GHz 3.8 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.1 GHz UHD 770 1.55 GHz 32 65 W 202 W $ 489 Q1 2022
12900F $ 464
12900T 1.4 GHz 1.0 GHz 4.8 GHz 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 4.9 GHz UHD 770 1.55 GHz 32 35 W 106 W $ 489
Core i7 12700K 8 4 20 3.6 GHz 2.7 GHz 4.9 GHz 3.8 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.0 GHz 1.5 GHz 12 MB 25 MB 125W 190W $ 409 Q4 2021
12700KF $ 384
12700 2.1 GHz 1.6 GHz 4.8 GHz 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 4.9 GHz UHD 770 1.5 GHz 32 65W 180W $ 339 Q1 2022
12700F $ 314
12700T 1.4 GHz 1.0 GHz 4.6 GHz 3.4 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.7 GHz UHD 770 1.5 GHz 32 35W 95W $ 339
Core i5 12600K 6 16 3.7 GHz 2.8 GHz 4.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 1.45 GHz 9.5 MB 20 MB 125 W 150 W $ 289 Q4 2021
12600KF $ 264
12600 0 12 3.3 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.8 GHz UHD 770 1.45 GHz 32 7.5 MB 18 MB 65W 117W $ 223 Q1 2022
12600T 2.1 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 35W 74W
12500 3.0 GHz 65W 117W $ 202
12500T 2.0 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.4 GHz 35W 74W
12400 2.5 GHz UHD 730 1.45 GHz 24 65W 117W $ 192
12400F $ 167
12400T 1.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz UHD 730 1.45 GHz 24 35W 74W $ 192
Core i3 12300 4 8 3.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 5 MB 12 MB 60 W 89 W $ 143
12300T 2.3 GHz 4.2 GHz 35 W 69 W
12100 3.3 GHz 4.3 GHz 60 W 89 W $ 122
12100F $ 97
12100T 2.2 GHz 4.1 GHz UHD 730 1.45 GHz 24 35 W 69 W $ 122
Pentium G7400 2 4 3.7 GHz UHD 710 1.35 GHz 16 2.5 MB 6 MB 46 W $ 64
G7400T 3.1 GHz 35 W
Celeron G6900 2 3.4 GHz 1.3 GHz 4 MB 46 W $ 42

 

11th generation Core

Desktop (goes under the codename “Rocket Lake”)
Processor
Family
Model Cores
(Threads)
Clock rate IGPU Smart
cache
TDP Price
(USD)
Launch
Base
clock rate
All-Core
Turbo
Turbo
Boost 2.0
Turbo Boost
Max 3.0
GPU Max GPU
clock rate
EUs
Core i9 11900K 8 (16) 3.5 GHz 4.8 GHz 5.1 GHz 5.2 GHz UHD 750 1.3 GHz 32 EUs 16 MB 125 W $ 539 Q1 2021
11900KF $ 513
11900 2.5 GHz 4.7 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.1 GHz UHD 750 1.3 GHz 32 EUs 65 W $ 439
11900F $ 422
11900T 1.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.9 GHz UHD 750 1.3 GHz 32 EUs 35 W $ 439
Core i7 11700K 3.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 5.0 GHz 125W $ 399
11700KF $ 374
11700 2.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.9 GHz UHD 750 1.3 GHz 32 EUs 65W $ 323
11700F $ 298
11700T 1.4 GHz 3.6 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.6 GHz UHD 750 1.3 GHz 32 EUs 35 W $ 323
Core i5 11600K 6 (12) 3.9 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.9 GHz N/A 12 MB 125 W $ 262
11600KF $ 237
11600 2.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.8 GHz UHD 750 1.3 GHz 32 EUs 65 W $ 213
11600T 1.7 GHz 3.5 GHz 4.1 GHz 35 W
11500 2.7 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.6 GHz 65 W $ 192
11500T 1.5 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.9 GHz 1.2 GHz 35 W
11400 2.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz UHD 730 1.3 GHz 24 EUs 65 W $ 182
11400F $ 157
11400T 1.3 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.7 GHz UHD 730 1.2 GHz 24 EUs 35 W $ 182

 

10th generation Core

Desktop (goes under the codename “Comet Lake”)
Model Price (USD) Cores Threads Clock rate (GHz) Cache (MB) IGP TDP (W) Codename Socket Release
base max turbo L1 L2 L3 processor Clock rate (MHz)
base max dynamic
i9-10910 OEM (Apple) 10 20 3.60 5.00 N/A N/A 20 UHD 630 350 1200 125 Comet Lake LGA 1200 Q3 2020
i9-10900K $488 10 20 3.70 5.30 N/A N/A 20 UHD 630 350 1200 Comet Lake Q2 2020
i9-10900KF $463 10 20 3.70 5.30 N/A N/A 20 N/A N/A N/A Comet Lake
i9-10900 $439 10 20 2.80 5.20 N/A N/A 20 UHD 630 350 1200 65 Comet Lake
i9-10900E $440 10 20 2.80 4.70 N/A N/A 20 UHD 630 350 1200 Comet Lake
i9-10900F $422 10 20 2.80 5.20 N/A N/A 20 N/A N/A N/A Comet Lake
i9-10900T $439 10 20 1.90 4.60 N/A N/A 20 UHD 630 350 1200 35 Comet Lake
i9-10850K $453 10 20 3.60 5.20 N/A N/A 20 UHD 630 350 1200 125 Comet Lake
i7-10700K $374 8 16 3.80 5.10 N/A N/A 16 UHD 630 350 1200 Comet Lake
i7-10700KF $349 8 16 3.80 5.10 N/A N/A 16 N/A N/A N/A Comet Lake
i7-10700 $323 8 16 2.90 4.80 N/A N/A 16 UHD 630 350 1200 65 Comet Lake
i7-10700E $330 8 16 2.90 4.50 N/A N/A 16 UHD 630 350 1150 Comet Lake
i7-10700F $298 8 16 2.90 4.80 N/A N/A 16 N/A N/A N/A Comet Lake
i7-10700T $323 8 16 2.00 4.50 N/A N/A 16 UHD 630 350 1200 35 Comet Lake
i7-10700TE $330 8 16 2.00 4.40 N/A N/A 16 UHD 630 350 1150 Comet Lake
i5-10600K $262 6 12 4.10 4.80 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 125 Comet Lake
i5-10600KF $237 6 12 4.10 4.80 N/A N/A 12 N/A N/A N/A Comet Lake
i5-10600 $213 6 12 3.30 4.80 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 65 Comet Lake
i5-10600T $213 6 12 2.40 4.00 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 35 Comet Lake
i5-10500 $192 6 12 3.10 4.50 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1150 65 Comet Lake
i5-10500E $195 6 12 3.10 4.20 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1150 65 Comet Lake
i5-10500T $192 6 12 2.30 3.80 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1150 35 Comet Lake
i5-10500TE $195 6 12 2.30 3.70 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1150 35 Comet Lake
i5-10400 $182 6 12 2.90 4.30 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 360 1100 65 Comet Lake
i5-10400F $155 6 12 2.90 4.30 N/A N/A 12 N/A N/A N/A 65 Comet Lake
i5-10400T $182 6 12 2.30 3.60 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 35 Comet Lake
i3-10320 $154 4 8 3.80 4.60 N/A N/A 8 UHD 630 350 1150 65 Comet Lake
i3-10300 $143 4 8 3.70 4.40 N/A N/A 8 UHD 630 350 1150 65 Comet Lake
i3-10300T $143 4 8 3.00 3.90 N/A N/A 8 UHD 630 350 1100 35 Comet Lake
i3-10100 $122 4 8 3.60 4.30 N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1100 65 Comet Lake
i3-10100E $125 4 8 3.20 3.80 N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1100 65 Comet Lake
i3-10100F $79 4 8 3.60 4.30 N/A N/A 6 N/A N/A N/A 65 Comet Lake
i3-10100T $122 4 8 3.00 3.80 N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1100 35 Comet Lake
i3-10100TE $125 4 8 2.30 3.60 N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1100 35 Comet Lake

Mobile (goes under the codename “Comet Lake,” “Ice Lake,” and Amber Lake)
Model Price (USD) Cores Threads Clock rate (GHz) Cache (MB) IGP TDP (W) Codename Socket Release
base max turbo L1 L2 L3 processor Clock rate (MHz)
base max dynamic
i7-1065G7 $426 4 8 1.30 3.90 N/A N/A 8 Iris Plus 300 1100 15 Ice Lake BGA 1526 Q3 2019
i7-1060G7 N/A 4 8 1.00 3.80 N/A N/A 8 Iris Plus 300 1100 9 Ice Lake BGA 1377 Q3 2019
i7-10750H $395 6 12 2.60 5.00 N/A N/A 12 UHD 350 1150 45 Comet Lake BGA 1440 Q1 2020
i7-10710U $443 6 12 1.10 4.70 N/A N/A 12 UHD 300 1150 15 Comet Lake BGA 1528 Q3 2019
i7-10610U $409 4 8 1.80 4.90 N/A N/A 8 UHD 300 1150 15 Comet Lake BGA 1528 Q2 2020
i7-10510U $409 4 8 1.80 4.90 N/A N/A 8 UHD 300 1150 15 Comet Lake BGA 1528 Q3 2019
i7-10510Y $403 4 8 1.20 4.50 N/A N/A 8 UHD 300 1150 7 Amber Lake Y BGA 1377 Q3 2019
i5-10500H $250 6 12 2.50 4.50 N/A N/A 12 UHD 350 1050 45 Comet Lake BGA 1440 Q4 2020
i5-10210U $297 4 8 1.60 4.20 N/A N/A 6 UHD 300 1100 15 Comet Lake BGA 1528 Q3 2019

 

9th generation Core

Desktop (goes under the codename “Coffee Lake Refresh”)
Model Price (USD) Cores Threads Clock rate (GHz) Cache (MB) IGP TDP (W) Codename Socket Release
base max turbo L1 L2 L3 processor Clock rate (MHz)
base max dynamic
i9-9900KS $524 8 16 4.00 5.00 N/A N/A 16 UHD 630 350 1200 127 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2019
i9-9900K $499 8 16 3.60 5.00 N/A N/A 16 UHD 630 350 1200 95 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2018
i9-9900 $449 8 16 3.10 5.00 N/A N/A 16 UHD 630 350 1200 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i9-9900T $439 8 16 2.10 4.40 N/A N/A 16 UHD 630 350 1200 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i7-9700K $385 8 8 3.60 4.90 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 95 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2018
i7-9700 $335 8 8 3.00 4.70 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i7-9700T $323 8 8 2.00 4.30 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i7-9700TE $323 8 8 1.80 3.80 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1150 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i5-9600K $263 6 6 3.70 4.60 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1150 95 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2018
i5-9600KF $262 6 6 3.70 4.60 N/A N/A 9 N/A N/A N/A 95 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2019
i5-9600 $224 6 6 3.10 4.60 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1150 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i5-9600T $213 6 6 2.30 3.90 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1150 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i5-9500 $202 6 6 3.00 4.40 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1100 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i5-9500E $192 6 6 3.00 4.20 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1100 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i5-9500F $192 6 6 3.00 4.40 N/A N/A 9 N/A N/A N/A 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i5-9500T $192 6 6 2.20 3.70 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1100 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i5-9500TE $192 6 6 2.20 3.60 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1100 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i5-9400 $182 6 6 2.90 4.10 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1050 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i5-9400F $149 6 6 2.90 4.10 N/A N/A 9 N/A N/A N/A 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2019
i5-9400T $182 6 6 1.80 3.40 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1050 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i3-9350K $184 4 4 4.00 4.60 N/A N/A 8 UHD 630 350 1150 91 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2019
i3-9350KF $184 4 4 4.00 4.60 N/A N/A 8 N/A N/A N/A 91 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2019
i3-9320 $162 4 4 3.70 4.40 N/A N/A 8 UHD 630 350 1150 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i3-9300 $152 4 4 3.70 4.30 N/A N/A 8 UHD 630 350 1150 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i3-9300T $143 4 4 3.20 3.80 N/A N/A 8 UHD 630 350 1100 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i3-9100 $122 4 4 3.60 4.20 N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1100 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i3-9100E $122 4 4 3.10 3.70 N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1050 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i3-9100F $88 4 4 3.60 4.20 N/A N/A 6 N/A N/A N/A 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i3-9100T $122 4 4 3.10 3.70 N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1100 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019
i3-9100TE $122 4 4 2.20 3.20 N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1050 35 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2019

 

8th generation Core

Desktop
Model Price (USD) Cores Threads Clock rate (GHz) Cache (MB) IGP TDP (W) Codename Socket hideRelease
base max turbo L1 L2 L3 processor Clock rate (MHz)
base max dynamic
i7-8700K $359 6 12 3.70 4.70 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 95 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2017
i7-8700 $303 6 12 3.20 4.60 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2017
i7-8086K $425 6 12 4.00 5.00 N/A N/A 12 UHD 630 350 1200 95 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2018
i5-8600K $257 6 6 3.60 4.30 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1150 95 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2017
i5-8500 $202 6 6 3.00 4.10 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1100 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q2 2018
i5-8400 $182 6 6 2.80 4.00 N/A N/A 9 UHD 630 350 1050 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2017
i3-8350K $168 4 4 4.00 N/A N/A N/A 8 UHD 630 350 1150 91 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2017
i3-8100 $117 4 4 3.60 N/A N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1100 65 Coffee Lake LGA 1151 Q4 2017

 

Mobile
Model Price (USD) Cores Threads Clock rate (GHz) Cache (MB) IGP TDP (W) Codename Socket Release
base max turbo L1 L2 L3 processor Clock rate (MHz)
base max dynamic
m3-8100Y $281 2 4 1.10 3.40 0.125 0.5 4 UHD 615 300 900 5 Amber Lake Y BGA 1515 Q3 2018
i9-8950HK $583 6 12 2.90 4.80 0.375 1.5 12 UHD 630 350 1200 45 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q2 2018
i7-8850H $395 6 12 2.60 4.30 0.375 1.5 9 UHD 630 350 1150 45 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q2 2018
i7-8750H $395 6 12 2.20 4.10 0.375 1.5 9 UHD 630 350 1100 45 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q2 2018
i7-8700B $303 6 12 3.20 4.60 0.375 1.5 12 UHD 630 350 1200 65 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q2 2018
i7-8665U $409 4 8 1.90 4.80 0.25 1 8 UHD 620 300 1150 15 Whiskey Lake BGA 1528 Q2 2019
i7-8650U $409 4 8 1.90 4.20 0.25 1 8 UHD 620 300 1150 15 Kaby Lake R BGA 1356 Q3 2017
i7-8569U $431 4 8 2.80 4.70 N/A N/A 8 Iris Plus 655 300 1200 28 Coffee Lake BGA 1528 Q2 2019
i7-8565U $409 4 8 1.80 4.60 0.25 1 8 UHD 300 1150 15 Whiskey Lake BGA 1528 Q3 2018
i7-8559U $431 4 8 2.70 4.50 0.25 1 8 Iris Plus 655 300 1200 28 Coffee Lake BGA 1528 Q2 2018
i7-8557U $431 4 8 1.70 4.50 0.25 1 8 Iris Plus 645 300 1150 15 Coffee Lake BGA 1528 Q3 2019
i7-8550U $409 4 8 1.80 4.00 0.25 1 8 UHD 620 300 1150 15 Kaby Lake R BGA 1356 Q3 2017
i7-8500Y $393 2 4 1.50 4.20 0.125 0.5 4 UHD 615 300 1050 5 Amber Lake Y BGA 1515 Q1 2019
i5-8500B $192 6 6 3.00 4.10 0.375 1.5 9 UHD 630 350 1100 65 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q2 2018
i5-8400H $250 4 8 2.50 4.20 0.25 1 8 UHD 630 350 1100 45 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q2 2018
i5-8400B $182 6 6 2.80 4.00 0.375 1.5 9 UHD 630 350 1050 65 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q2 2018
i5-8365U $297 4 8 1.60 4.10 0.25 1 6 UHD 300 1100 15 Whiskey Lake BGA 1528 Q2 2019
i5-8350U $297 4 8 1.70 3.60 0.25 1 6 UHD 620 300 1100 15 Kaby Lake R BGA 1356 Q3 2017
i5-8310Y $281 2 4 1.60 3.90 0.125 0.5 4 UHD 617 300 1050 7 Amber Lake Y BGA 1515 Q1 2019
i5-8300H $250 4 8 2.30 4.00 0.25 1 8 UHD 630 350 1000 45 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q2 2018
i5-8269U $320 4 8 2.60 4.20 0.25 1 6 Iris Plus 655 300 1100 28 Coffee Lake BGA 1528 Q2 2018
i5-8265U $297 4 8 1.60 3.90 0.25 1 6 UHD 300 1100 15 Whiskey Lake BGA 1528 Q3 2018
i5-8260U $297 4 8 1.60 3.90 N/A N/A 6 UHD 620 300 1100 15 Coffee Lake BGA 1528 Q4 2019
i5-8259U $320 4 8 2.30 3.80 0.25 1 6 Iris Plus 655 300 1050 28 Coffee Lake BGA 1528 Q2 2018
i5-8257U $320 4 8 1.40 3.90 0.25 1 6 Iris Plus 645 300 1050 15 Coffee Lake BGA 1528 Q3 2019
i5-8250U $297 4 8 1.60 3.40 0.25 1 6 UHD 620 300 1100 15 Kaby Lake R BGA 1356 Q3 2017
i5-8210Y $281 2 4 1.60 3.60 0.125 0.5 4 UHD 617 300 1050 7 Amber Lake Y BGA 1515 Q1 2019
i5-8200Y $291 2 4 1.30 3.90 0.125 0.5 4 UHD 615 300 950 5 Amber Lake Y BGA 1515 Q3 2018
i3-8145U $281 2 4 2.10 3.90 0.125 0.5 4 UHD 300 1000 15 Whiskey Lake BGA 1528 Q3 2018
i3-8140U $281 2 4 2.10 3.90 N/A N/A 4 UHD 620 300 1000 15 Coffee Lake BGA 1528 Q4 2019
i3-8130U $281 2 4 2.20 3.40 0.125 0.5 4 UHD 620 300 1000 15 Kaby Lake R BGA 1356 Q1 2018
i3-8109U $304 2 4 3.00 3.60 0.125 0.5 4 Iris Plus 655 300 1050 28 Coffee Lake BGA 1528 Q2 2018
i3-8100H $225 4 4 3.00 N/A 0.25 1 6 UHD 630 350 1000 45 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q3 2018
i3-8100B $133 4 4 3.60 N/A N/A N/A 6 UHD 630 350 1050 65 Coffee Lake BGA 1440 Q3 2018

 

7th generation Core

Desktop (goes under the codename “Kaby Lake” and “Skylake-X”)
Model Price (USD) Cores Threads Clock rate (GHz) Cache (MB) IGP TDP (W) Codename Socket Release
base max turbo L1 L2 L3 processor Clock rate (MHz)
base max dynamic
i9-7980XE $1999 18 36 2.60 4.20 N/A N/A 24.75 N/A N/A N/A 165 Skylake LGA 2066 Q3 2017
i9-7960X $1699 16 32 2.80 4.20 N/A N/A 22.00 N/A N/A N/A 165 Skylake LGA 2066 Q3 2017
i9-7940X $1399 14 28 3.10 4.30 N/A N/A 19.25 N/A N/A N/A 165 Skylake LGA 2066 Q3 2017
i9-7920X $1189 12 24 2.90 4.30 N/A N/A 16.50 N/A N/A N/A 140 Skylake LGA 2066 Q3 2017
i9-7900X $989 10 20 3.30 4.30 N/A N/A 13.75 N/A N/A N/A 140 Skylake LGA 2066 Q2 2017
i7-7820X $589 8 16 3.60 4.30 N/A N/A 11.00 N/A N/A N/A 140 Skylake LGA 2066 Q2 2017
i7-7800X $383 6 12 3.50 4.00 N/A N/A 8.25 N/A N/A N/A 140 Skylake LGA 2066 Q2 2017
i7-7740X $339 4 8 4.30 4.50 N/A N/A 8 N/A N/A N/A 112 Kaby Lake LGA 2066 Q1 2017
i7-7700K $350 4 8 4.20 4.50 N/A N/A 8 HD 630 350 1150 91 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i7-7700 $303 4 8 3.60 4.20 N/A N/A 8 HD 630 350 1150 65 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i7-7700T $303 4 8 2.90 3.80 N/A N/A 8 HD 630 350 1150 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i5-7640X $242 4 4 4.00 4.20 N/A N/A 6 N/A N/A N/A 112 Kaby Lake LGA 2066 Q1 2017
i5-7600K $243 4 4 3.80 4.20 N/A N/A 6 HD 630 350 1150 91 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i5-7600 $224 4 4 3.50 4.10 N/A N/A 6 HD 630 350 1150 65 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i5-7600T $224 4 4 2.80 3.70 N/A N/A 6 HD 630 350 1100 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i5-7500 $192 4 4 3.40 3.80 N/A N/A 6 HD 630 350 1100 65 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i5-7500T $192 4 4 2.70 3.30 N/A N/A 6 HD 630 350 1100 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i5-7400 $182 4 4 3.00 3.50 N/A N/A 6 HD 630 350 1000 65 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i5-7400T $187 4 4 2.40 3.00 N/A N/A 6 HD 630 350 1000 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i3-7350K $179 2 4 4.20 N/A N/A N/A 4 HD 630 350 1150 60 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i3-7320 $157 2 4 4.10 N/A N/A N/A 4 HD 630 350 1150 51 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i3-7300 $147 2 4 4.00 N/A N/A N/A 4 HD 630 350 1150 51 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i3-7300T $147 2 4 3.50 N/A N/A N/A 4 HD 630 350 1100 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i3-7100 $117 2 4 3.90 N/A N/A N/A 3 HD 630 350 1100 51 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i3-7100T $117 2 4 3.40 N/A N/A N/A 3 HD 630 350 1100 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i3-7101E $117 2 4 3.90 N/A N/A N/A 3 HD 630 350 1100 54 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
i3-7101TE $117 2 4 3.40 N/A N/A N/A 3 HD 630 350 1100 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
G4620 $93 2 4 3.70 N/A N/A N/A 3 HD 630 350 1100 51 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
G4600 $82 2 4 3.60 N/A N/A N/A 3 HD 630 350 1100 51 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
G4600T $75 2 4 3.00 N/A N/A N/A 3 HD 630 350 1050 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
G4560 $64 2 4 3.50 N/A N/A N/A 3 HD 610 350 1050 54 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
G4560T $64 2 4 2.90 N/A N/A N/A 3 HD 610 350 1050 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
G3950 $52 2 2 3.00 N/A N/A N/A 2 HD 610 350 1050 51 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
G3930 $42 2 2 2.90 N/A N/A N/A 2 HD 610 350 1050 51 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017
G3930T $42 2 2 2.70 N/A N/A N/A 2 HD 610 350 1000 35 Kaby Lake LGA 1151 Q1 2017

 

Mobile (goes under the codename “Kaby Lake” and “Apollo Lake”)
Model Price (USD) Cores Threads Clock rate (GHz) Cache (MB) IGP TDP (W) Codename Socket Release
base max turbo L1 L2 L3 processor Clock rate (MHz)
base max dynamic
i7-7920HQ $568 4 8 3.10 4.10 0.25 1 8 HD 630 350 1100 45 Kaby Lake BGA 1440 Q1 2017
i7-7820HQ $378 4 8 2.90 3.90 0.25 1 8 HD 630 350 1100 45 Kaby Lake BGA 1440 Q1 2017
i7-7820HK $378 4 8 2.90 3.90 0.25 1 8 HD 630 350 1100 45 Kaby Lake BGA 1440 Q1 2017
i7-7700HQ $378 4 8 2.80 3.80 0.25 1 6 HD 630 350 1100 45 Kaby Lake BGA 1440 Q1 2017
i7-7660U $415 2 4 2.50 4.00 0.125 0.5 4 Iris Plus 640 300 1100 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q1 2017
i7-7600U $393 2 4 2.80 3.90 0.125 0.5 4 HD 620 300 1150 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q3 2016
i7-7567U N/A 2 4 3.50 4.00 0.125 0.5 4 Iris Plus 650 300 1150 28 Kaby Lake Q3 2016
i7-7560U $415 2 4 2.40 3.80 0.125 0.5 4 Iris Plus 640 300 1050 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q1 2017
i7-7500U $393 2 4 2.70 3.50 0.125 0.5 4 HD 620 300 1050 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q1 2017
i7-7Y75 $393 2 4 1.30 3.60 0.125 0.5 4 HD 615 300 1050 4.5 Kaby Lake BGA 1515 Q1 2017
i5-7440HQ $250 4 4 2.80 3.80 0.25 1 6 HD 630 350 1000 45 Kaby Lake Q1 2017
i5-7300HQ $250 4 4 2.50 3.50 0.25 1 6 HD 630 350 1000 45 Kaby Lake BGA 1440 Q1 2017
i5-7360U $304 2 4 2.30 3.60 0.125 0.5 4 Iris Plus 640 300 1000 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q1 2017
i5-7300U $281 2 4 2.60 3.50 0.125 0.5 3 HD 620 300 1100 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q1 2017
i5-7287U N/A 2 4 3.30 3.70 0.125 0.5 4 Iris Plus 650 300 1100 28 Kaby Lake Q1 2017
i5-7267U N/A 2 4 3.10 3.50 0.125 0.5 4 Iris Plus 650 300 1050 28 Kaby Lake Q1 2017
i5-7260U $304 2 4 2.20 3.40 0.125 0.5 4 Iris Plus 640 300 950 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q1 2017
i5-7200U $281 2 4 2.50 3.10 0.125 0.5 3 HD 620 300 1000 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q3 2016
i5-7Y57 $281 2 4 1.20 3.30 0.125 0.5 4 HD 615 300 950 4.5 Kaby Lake BGA 1515 Q1 2017
i5-7Y54 $281 2 4 1.20 3.20 0.125 0.5 4 HD 615 300 950 4.5 Kaby Lake BGA 1515 Q1 2017
i3-7100H $225 2 4 3.00 N/A 0.125 0.5 3 HD 630 350 950 35 Kaby Lake BGA 1440 Q1 2017
i3-7167U N/A 2 4 2.80 N/A 0.125 0.5 3 Iris Plus 650 300 1000 28 Kaby Lake Q1 2017
i3-7130U $281 2 4 2.70 N/A 0.125 0.5 3 HD 620 300 1000 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q2 2017
i3-7100U $281 2 4 2.40 N/A 0.125 0.5 3 HD 620 300 1000 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q3 2016
m3-7Y32 $281 2 4 1.10 3.00 0.125 0.5 4 HD 615 300 900 4.5 Kaby Lake BGA 1515 Q2 2017
m3-7Y30 $281 2 4 1.00 2.60 0.125 0.5 4 HD 615 300 900 4.5 Kaby Lake BGA 1515 Q3 2016
N4200 $161 4 4 1.10 2.50 N/A 2 N/A HD 505 200 750 6 Apollo Lake BGA 1296 Q3 2016
4415U $161 2 4 2.30 N/A N/A N/A 2 HD 610 300 950 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q1 2017
4415Y $161 2 4 1.60 N/A N/A N/A 2 HD 615 300 850 6 Kaby Lake BGA 1515 Q2 2017
4410Y $161 2 4 1.50 N/A N/A N/A 2 HD 615 300 850 6 Kaby Lake BGA 1515 Q1 2017
N3450 $107 4 4 1.10 2.20 N/A 2 N/A HD 500 200 700 6 Apollo Lake BGA 1296 Q3 2016
N3350 $107 2 2 1.10 2.40 N/A 2 N/A HD 500 200 650 6 Apollo Lake BGA 1296 Q3 2016
3965U $107 2 2 2.20 N/A 0.125 0.5 2 HD 610 300 900 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q1 2017
3865U $107 2 2 1.80 N/A 0.125 0.5 2 HD 610 300 900 15 Kaby Lake BGA 1356 Q1 2017

 

 

 

 

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