Intel Core i7-8700K Review: The New Gaming King

It has been nearly eleven years since Intel launched its first quad-core desktop CPU, the glued-together Core 2 Quad Q6600, and what an excellent processor it was. The 65nm quad-core chip operated at 2.four GHz, however again then enhance clocks weren’t a factor and CPUs operated on a entrance aspect bus.

Since then we have seen eight main architectural updates and 4 die shrinks spanning a decade. But in spite of everything that point, Intel nonetheless solely affords as much as 4 cores on its mainstream processors, the most recent of which was launched in January because the $340 Kaby Lake Core i7-7700Ok.

Shortly after that, AMD did one thing all of us hoped they’d do (even when we weren’t satisfied they might) by releasing a extremely aggressive CPU structure. Ryzen actually disrupted Intel’s ‘enterprise as ordinary’ kind of perspective within the PC market and it’s been fireworks ever since.

AMD hit Intel the toughest by providing extra cores for much less cash, which was form of the technique with Bulldozer, however this time the cores did not fully suck. IPC efficiency is barely beneath Intel’s newest and best however Ryzen’s effectivity is great, so AMD is not giving something up right here. The largest benefit Intel has proper now’s its superior clock speeds and that is one thing AMD hopes to deal with subsequent yr.

Earlier than AMD can try this, Intel is hitting again with its eighth-generation Core collection, which counters Ryzen with cores, numerous cores. Though Ryzen 7 will nonetheless have a core depend benefit, Intel is now making six cores the usual for his or her higher-end elements. The new Core i5 and Core i7 processors now pack six cores and that is going to have a substantial influence.

Available right now we now have a flagship half, the Core i7-8700Ok, which relies on Intel’s new “Espresso Lake” structure. We even have the Core i5-8400, however we’ll be taking a look at that CPU individually within the coming days. We would not have the Core i5-8600Ok but, however the plan is to get a type of shortly, too. For now, let’s give attention to the massive man and with six cores and 12 threads, the 8700Ok actually means enterprise.

Designed to function no slower than three.7 GHz, it can enhance a single core as excessive as four.7 GHz, and beneath full load ought to preserve an working frequency of four.three GHz. Every of the six-core processors encompasses a 256KB L2 cache whereas there’s a a lot bigger 12MB L3 cache. Intel has given the chip a 95 watt TDP score and as soon as once more they’re utilizing the LGA 1151 socket, although this may be thought of a second model that’s on no account suitable with earlier Kaby Lake or Skylake CPUs.

Pricing has been adjusted from the 7700Ok because the 8700Ok, a $20 value hike which is available in at a moderately steep $360.

That additionally makes the 8700Ok $60 costlier than AMD’s Ryzen 7 1700, the corporate’s most cost-effective and unlocked Ryzen 7 half. The 1700X can be priced at $360, however good customers will go for the cheaper non-X mannequin and I’ve had simply as a lot luck overclocking each to four GHz.

Not like the high-end desktop Skylake-X elements on the LGA 2066 platform, the brand new Espresso Lake CPUs nonetheless use the ring bus and never the mesh inter-connect technique of the upper core depend elements. That is nice information and it means the 8700Ok will preserve the 7700Ok’s gaming prowess and may in actual fact have the ability to take issues to the subsequent degree on this class. So with out losing any extra time, let’s examine how this factor handles…

Benchmark Time

Reminiscence and Software Efficiency

First up let’s try the reminiscence bandwidth efficiency. These DDR4 dual-channel reminiscence controllers look to be good for round 31-39GB/s of reminiscence bandwidth when utilizing 3200 reminiscence. Please word all configurations have been examined with the identical DDR4-3200 CL4 reminiscence.

First up, let’s try the reminiscence bandwidth efficiency. Please word all CPUs have been examined utilizing DDR4-3200 CL14 reminiscence. That in thoughts, it is fascinating to notice that the Core i7-8700Ok takes a step ahead right here from the 7700Ok and is now on par with the Ryzen 5 CPUs with round 36GB/s of reminiscence bandwidth. That stated, it is nonetheless trailing the Ryzen 7 fashions by round 2GB/s.

Okay so let’s try the Cinebench R15 scores. As luck would have it, after a 3 run common the 8700Ok matched the R7 1700 with a multi-threaded rating of 1423 pts. That did imply it was 13% slower than the 1800X, however nonetheless a formidable outcome all the identical.

Really, what was spectacular is its single core rating and this explains how a six-core Intel CPU saved tempo with an eight-core AMD CPU. The 8700Ok gives the identical 195 level single thread rating because the 7700Ok and by extension the 7740X. So the 8700Ok is trying fairly stable all spherical, it additionally fully dusts the Core i7-7800X as nicely so our condolences if you happen to purchased a type of just lately.

Shifting on we now have PCMark 10 and this offers us a have a look at how the CPUs evaluate in additional common use case eventualities. Core depend is not that necessary for essentially the most half, it is actually all about frequency. Because of this the Core i7-8700Ok does extraordinarily nicely, outscoring the 7700Ok by a 5% margin.

Excel is an workplace kind benchmark which may make the most of many threads, particularly when working the intense Monte Carlo simulation. The 8700Ok finds itself located between the Ryzen 7 1700 and 1800X with a completion time of two.55 seconds. This additionally makes it round 13% sooner than Intel’s six-core 7800X.

Testing with VeraCrypt we see that this time the 8700Ok trails the Ryzen 7 1700 although it’s nonetheless round 10% sooner than the Core i7-7800X and 14% sooner than AMD’s 6-core R5 1600.

Subsequent up we now have non-encrypted compression and decompression efficiency utilizing 7-Zip. The Core i7-8700Ok was capable of out carry out the Ryzen 7 1700 by a good margin when compressing information whereas it was solely a fraction slower when decompressing. The 8700Ok additionally edged out the 7800X for the compression check as nicely.

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