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Intel's Core i7-8700K desktop CPU gets benchmarked

The i7-8700K is expected to be released in October for around US$450. (Source: Intel)
The i7-8700K is expected to be released in October for around US$450. (Source: Intel)
The multi-threaded tests ran in CineBench R15 and CPU-Z reveal that the new i7-8700K is significantly outperformed by AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X. Nonetheless, Geekbench is where the i7-8700K shines, overtaking the AMD competition in both single-thread and multi-threaded tests.

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Everybody’s waiting to see Intel’s answer for the Ryzen CPUs from AMD. The 8th generation of desktop CPUs from Intel was officially announced almost 1 month ago, but the actual release dates are still uncertain. The core i7-8700K CPU will be Intel’s best high-end desktop solution with 6 cores / 12 threads clocked at 3.7 GHz (4.7 GHz boost) and 12 MB L3 cache. It will be the direct competitor for AMD’s Ryzen 7 CPUs, so its price should be in the US$400-500 range. Even though the new CPUs are expected to be available next month, Canadian tech journalist Karl Morin already got his hands on an i7-8700K-powered HP system at Dreamhack Montreal and ran a few benchmarks on the spot, revealing the results on the Videocardz site.

Morin first benchmarked the i7-8700K in Cinebench R15, where it scored 196 points for the single thread test and 1230 points for the multi-thread test. The i7-8700K is thus the fastest stock clocked CPU in single thread tests, being just a bit above the previous gen i7-7700K (192 points), but definitely beating the Ryzen 7 1800X 8-core from AMD (156 points). The multi-threaded tests present a different situation: the i7-8700K is above the 7700K (950 points), but significantly falls behind the Ryzen 7 1800X (~1600 points).

The CPU-Z test presents similar results. The i7-8700K matches the 7700K and the Ryzen 7 1800X in single thread tests, but the gen 8 CPU once again falls behind the 1800X in multi-thread tests.

However, the Geekbench tests clearly present the i7-8700K as being above the AMD’s CPUs. The single thread test score (5773 points) is almost 30% higher than the Ryzen 7 1800X (~4250 points), while the multi-thread score (24260 points) is superior to the Ryzen 7 1800X one (~22500 points).

The new Coffee Lake-S Core i7-8700K CPU is rumored to be launched on October 5. Some German retailers already leaked the prices for most upcoming models, so the 8700K is expected to cost around US$464 in Europe, probably less in the US.

The Cinebench R15 single thread results. (Source: Videocardz)
The Cinebench R15 single thread results. (Source: Videocardz)
The Geekbench results. (Source: Videocardz)
The Geekbench results. (Source: Videocardz)

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Bogdan Solca, 2017-09-12 (Update: 2017-09-12)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.