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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.

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)