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Intel Core i7 8700k CPU Review

Enthusiast Performance at Mainstream Pricing

« A Closer Look at the Core I7 8700k | Testing and Performance »

 

System Configuration and Testing Procedure

 

Test System

  • Core i7 8700k
  • AORUS Z370 Gaming 7
  • 32 GB G. Skill Trident Z 3200 MHz. CAS 14
  • MSI Lightning GTX 1080 TI
  • Enermax Platimax 1350 Watt 80+ Platinum PSU
  • Samsung 250 GB 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSD
  • Samsung 1 TB 850 EVO M.2 SATA SSD
  • Swiftech H320 X2 Prestige Edition AIO Cooler
  • 3 x 120 MM Thermal Take Riing Fans
  • Primichill Praxis Wetbench

Synthetic Benchmarks

  • Aida64 Engineer
  • CineBench R15
  • Handbrake
  • PCMark 8
  • WinRAR
  • 264 FHD
  • 265

Gaming Benchmarks

  • 3DMark Firestrike
  • 3DMark Time Spy
  • Unigine Heaven
  • Assassins Creed Origins
  • GTA V
  • Shadow of War
  • Watchdogs 2

For the most part, all performance testing was with the CPU and GPU at stock speeds. I keep the ambient temperature at about 21°c, or about 70°f. All benchmarks were done at stock speeds. The exceptions to this were Cinebench R15 and the AIDA64 stress test. The AIDA64 stress test and Cinebench was used to validate the CPU overclock. Although the stock clock for the i7 8700K is 3.7 GHz, my chip ran at a constant 4.3 GHz. This was after resetting the bios to optimized defaults. So, all benchmarks run at stock, show the CPU at 4.3 GHz.

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Paul Malfy

Paul started building computers in 1994. He studied journalism and computer science in college. Paul loves gaming but hardware is his true passion. News Writer and Product Reviewer.

One Comment

  1. Right now I am running a I7-3770k 3.5Ghz Quad core that has been absolutely phenomenal since Q3 2012 when I built my computer.

    I am starting to see the sunset though on it’s ability to max out settings and keep the frame rates where I like them even paired to a 1060 GTX GPU.

    As soon as these intel back doors that hackers are using right now are closed in this line of CPU officially…then I will probably upgrade to this cpu.

    ….not until then though.

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