ProsGreat for high end gaming Beats AMD 8 cores in performance 4.7 GHz single core Great at multi threading Unlocked multiplier
ConsZ-series motherboard requirement Uses lot of power Tendency to overheat
Intel Core i7 8700K is a complete package for gamers in terms of its incredible performance and overclocking. It runs at over 4GHz by default and the power consumption is also very impressive which makes it most popular processor in gaming rig !!!
It falls under category of Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPU’s with the Core i7 having six distinct physical cores. They are desktop processors and will only work in motherboards having Z370 chipset.
We recommend following Z370 motherboards for core i7 8700K, based on their features and budget:
|Best for Overclocking||Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 7||Check Price|
|Best in budget||AS Rock Z370 Extreme 4||Check Price|
|Best ITX motherboard||Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac||Check Price|
|Best for VRM quality||ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex||Check Price|
The Core i7 8700K has a base frequency of 3.7 GHz with a maximum turbo speed of 4.7 GHz for single threaded applications, with a thermal design power (TDP) of 95W. The designation K implies that Core i7 8700K is unlocked and can be overclocked by adjusting the frequency multiplier upto maximum of 4.7 GHz if appropriate cooling and voltage is maintained .
Intel Core i7 8700k – Specifications
Intel Core i7 8700k has some unique and power packed features which makes it efficient. Following are the major specifications which takes its performance to next level:
|No. of Cores||6|
|No. of Threads||12|
|Processor Base Frequency (in GHz)||3.7 GHz|
|Cache||12 MB SmartCache|
|Bus Speed||8 GT/s DMI3|
|Max Turbo Frequency (GHz)||4.7 GHz|
|Max Memory Size||64 GB|
|Max number of memory channels||2|
|Max Memory Bandwidth||41.6 GB/s|
|ECC Memory supported||No|
|Processor Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 630|
|Intel Quick Sync Video||Yes|
|Graphics Video Max Memory (GB)||64|
|Graphics Base Frequency (MHz)||350.0|
|Max Resolution (HDMI 1.4) (Hz)||4096*[email protected]|
|No. of displays supported||3|
|Graphics Maximum Dynamic Frequency||1.20 GHz|
Intel Core i7 8700k Review
Intel Core i7 8700K is Intel’s best gaming processor with six Hyper-Threaded cores, highest clock rates and Turbo boost speed accelerating upto 4.7 GHz. Its 3.7 GHz specification is 500 MHz lower than the -7700K, offsetting the increased power consumption and heat generated by a 6C/12T configuration. To handle threaded workloads Core i7 8700K has multi-core bins which gives stellar gaming experiences and hyper-threading performance surpassing AMD Ryzen .
If we compare the Core i7-8700K with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 X , Intel’s multi-core performance is well above the high benchmark Ryzen has set this year. It overtook Ryzen with several thousands points higher – by extension.
If we compare core i7 8700K to industry’s most powerful CPU’s like Intel Core i9-7980XE and AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X it’s strong processing power can convert video as fast as them.
In terms of gaming performance, the core i7-8700K has increased frame rates across the board, with the greatest improvement seen in titles running at Full HD and Ultra quality settings.
Overclocking is one of Intel Core i7s biggest advantages as compared to Ryzen’s limited scaling capability. Overclocking each core is possible in this generation but per-core voltage and P-state controls are missing.
Live memory timing adjustments without rebooting along with memory multipliers upto 8400 MT/s are enabled for this processor so BCLK frequency does not need to be adjusted.
Finally, enhanced GT and Ring PLL Trim controls add more granular control.
Below comparison table between core i7-8700K, AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and core i7-7700K clearly shows that specifications of core i7-8700K are better .
|Processor Name||Intel Core i7-8700K||AMD Ryzen 7 1700X||Intel Core i7-7700k|
|CineBench R15 Single/Multi (Index)||204/1,543||147/1,521||194/982|
|GeekBench4 Single/Multi (Index)||5,831/25,811||4,207/21,108||5,625/18,968|
|Handbrake Fast/Normal (fps)||57/114||53/83||42/101|
|PCMark8 Home (Inex)||4,460||3,785||4,305|
|Min/Max temperature (degrees C)||21/76||34/79||23/75|
Intel Core i7 8700k Price Comparison
|Cost Per Core/Thread||Intel Core i7-8700K||Intel Core i5-8600K||AMD Ryzen 7 1700X|
Here, Intel’s 1K unit pricing is being used for comparisons to its other models and AMD’s MSRP used for comparison to other Ryzen chips. However, at retail Intel chips sell at higher price while AMD chips sell below their MSRP.
There is an additional $20 premium for K series Intel variants compared to other models, however cost per core is less.
Intel i7 8700k (as on amazon.in) prices varies in India starting from Rs.27,499 to Rs.30,000.