Average Bench: 93.2% (18th of 1206)

Based on 383,533 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EA Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70GHz

The i7-8700K is Intel’s latest, top of the range, 8th generation Coffee Lake processor. Like Kaby Lake and Sky Lake before that, Coffee Lake is based on Intel’s 14nm architecture which has been slightly optimized on each iteration. Following AMD’s modus operandi, Intel has upped the cores and threads across the range of their CPUs. In previous generations, a 6-core processor would have been a high-end desk-top (HEDT) processor, however the i7-8700K is the first Intel CPU with 6 cores and 12 threads to be classified (and priced) as a mainstream consumer processor. Specifically, the i7-8700K features a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz which boosts to 4.7 GHz (4.5 GHz for the previous generation i7-7700k), 12MB of smart (L3) cache and 2 channels of DDR4 RAM. The majority of the performance improvements over the 7th generation stem from the higher core count which results in a 50% increase in multi-core speed between the i7-7700k and i7-8700k. A new motherboard will need to be factored into the budget when upgrading to the 8700K as it requires a new Intel Z370 chipset which has supposedly been designed to better deliver power to CPUs with a greater number of cores. Also available in this latest release of CPUs is the 6 core 6 thread i5-8600k which is a more rational option (around $100 cheaper) for the vast majority of users that don’t require hyper-threading. Sandy bridge owners can finally justify an upgrade but with the next iteration of AMD's Zen architecture just around the corner the CPU market will be a lot faster moving now that Intel, once again, has to compete. [Sep '17 CPUPro]

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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-8700K averaged just 6.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-8700K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 137Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 269Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-8700K is 28.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-8700K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,053Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 845Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 383,533 samples)
Min Avg Max
115 1-Core 137 155
226 2-Core 269 308
95.8% 203 Pts
Min Avg Max
426 4-Core 521 612
719 8-Core 845 981
86.7% 683 Pts
Min Avg Max
897 64-Core 1,053 1,225
70.7% 1,053 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 155
2-Core 304
108% 229 Pts
4-Core 596
8-Core 930
97% 763 Pts
64-Core 1,186
80% 1,186 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 143
2-Core 285
101% 214 Pts
4-Core 569
8-Core 887
93% 728 Pts
64-Core 1,082
73% 1,082 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 141
2-Core 282
99% 211 Pts
4-Core 562
8-Core 894
93% 728 Pts
64-Core 1,088
73% 1,088 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 139
2-Core 272
97% 205 Pts
4-Core 536
8-Core 890
90% 713 Pts
64-Core 1,071
72% 1,071 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 134
2-Core 259
93% 197 Pts
4-Core 530
8-Core 800
85% 664 Pts
64-Core 1,046
70% 1,046 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 24,106,424 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $380 @ launch in Oct '17
AmazonUS $35521 days
OutletPCUS $3703 months
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Typical Core i7-8700K Builds (Compare 29,299 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 113%
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Desktop 113%
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Workstation
Workstation 92%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $232

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $1,580

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-8700K Processor (12M Cache, up to 4.70 GHz)
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch DateQ4'17
Processor Numberi7-8700K
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Cache12 MB
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.70 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.70 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP95 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C (130W)

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.20 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2666
Memory Channels2
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NIYes
vPro TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes

 Comments

8th generation Coffee Lake processor...

Added 2 years ago.

Disliked

1 day ago.

Comment 

Just needs to be a little cheaper. Ryzen 1600 for instance is more than £150 cheaper, includes a cooler, cheaper motherboards and is very competitive in multithreading workloads. In gaming, it's only around 9% slower than a 7700K and I doubt a 8700K would be much better in gaming since the vast majority of games cannot effectively utilize these extra cores. Just needs to be slightly cheaper.—Sep '17


Good

7 days ago.

bad choice vs AMD new ryzen series


Terrible

4 days ago.

What 6 core and 12 threads and more money


Excellent

9 days ago.

La verdad muy contento, cuando ponga IHS de cobre, renueve el delid y cambie rl lo pondre a 5.2ghz :D


Good

2 months ago.

best and top cpu before servering chipset


Good

27 days ago.

cost to much for its performance


Poor

23 days ago.

This processor has everything for casual and pro usage I think =) Atleast at music creation.


Average

2 months ago.

The time it'll be $100, I'll vote for it.


Excellent

3 months ago.

5.3ghz stable. Next stop 5.4ghz.


Poor

7 months ago.

It is expensive and no cpu cooler


Good

2 years ago.


Disliked

3 months ago.

Comment 

6C/12T with an awesome single core performance good move intel but we all know that AMD was the reason behind this so thx AMD 3—Sep '17


Terrible

4 months ago.

8700k is a no-brainer, unless7800k is considered as just a stop-by for a further upgrade to a greater core count


Excellent

21 months ago.

my benchmark on this 94.7% my cpu has turbo on it also is it normal ?? i just bought it 4 days ago


Average

7 months ago.

too expensive for its performance


Good

2 years ago.

It could be a consideration if the price went down about 50 dollars. *EDIT* (10/4) The prices for it might be cheaper than 380. And it's apparently one of the best consumer processors on this website. So it'll probably be a good buy.


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

5 months ago.

The 8700K is legend, just like 4790K was! Amazing performance, love it!


Good

24 months ago.

ok


Terrible

19 months ago.

high price, too much heat


Poor

2 years ago.

weak multi


Good

14 months ago.

Too bad it has such a high premium, because you can get similar performance for less with te 2700X. But it's still great as a CPU though.


Terrible

12 months ago.

intel cpu is so expensive.


Terrible

6 months ago.

freezes up when overclocked 100 mhz with intel fan


Excellent

18 months ago.

Great CPU for the price. Handles games great and workloads great as well.


Excellent

16 months ago.

monster


Good

6 months ago.

High priced but a good one. Has a good Effective speed. Good if you have a budget.


Good

14 months ago.

Probably intel's best in price for performance with plenty of gaming power.


Terrible

9 months ago.

Intel


Excellent

7 months ago.

gucci


Terrible

6 months ago.

Overpriced


Excellent

19 months ago.

Absolute beast!!!


Excellent

15 months ago.

For 350€ it's a top notch CPU even without oc but with - mama mia


Excellent

15 months ago.

Extremely quick single core processing!


Good

21 months ago.

what a perfect


Excellent

18 months ago.

Best intel processor for this time!


Good

3 months ago.

Not as good as a i7-9700K due to it getting hotter when overclocked, but still a powerhouse. Amazing for gaming plus it has hyper-threading for multicore tasks.


Poor

2 years ago.

You can get a 8C 16T CPU for a cheaper price from AMD, yielding overall higher performance.


Excellent

17 months ago.

FAST


Excellent

6 months ago.

Has to be the best desktop processor ever used, extremely fast and is overclockable making tasks even zippier. Would like to have seen more PCI lanes to accommodate MNVe storage, seems to stay within specs as far as temperature goes and still holds ground to some resource heavy tasks making it worthy to spend your money on.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Throws one hell of a punch in terms of pure clock speed. Expensive, but has longevity.


Excellent

2 years ago.

hoy dia el mejor CPU


Excellent

23 months ago.

would recommend easily more reliable and stable. Even OCed.


Excellent

11 months ago.

Best Gaming-CPU today, with a bit less voltage even cool enough.


Good

13 months ago.

The i7-8700K is a powerful processor that can overclock to 5 GHz on air, and even higher if water cooled. In most games, this processor still reigns supreme, as newer titles arrive that CAN utilize all cores of the processor, such as Assassin's Creed Odyssey. With a price tag of about $350 USD, it can still be hard to recommend this processor over the non 'K' variant, which still places this processor firmly in 'enthusiast' territory, even 14 months after it's initial release. However, it is the cheapest 'enthusiast' grade consumer processor you can buy from the Intel lineup, and with 6 cores and 12 threads, can also double for moderate workstation or server use.


Terrible

2 years ago.

results here have been skewed too much b y overclocking. This score can not be trusted.


Excellent

22 months ago.

I love this thing, super snappy and tackles every normal task like it's flicking a bug off it's arm. Is toasty but not too much to to handle with an AIO.


Good

21 months ago.

Best 500$ CPU for games.


Terrible

17 months ago.

Keep changing sockets, underperforms


Good

15 months ago.

like


Terrible

15 months ago.

intel is bad and doesnt make my wee wee hard i only mastrebute to amd


Excellent

14 months ago.

I mostly game and stream videos and I have had zero issues with it whatsoever.


Excellent

12 months ago.

Smashes any task thrown at it


Excellent

7 months ago.

le top du top


Good

2 years ago.

Probably wont upgrade anytime soon. My 7700k is perfect! Maybe something with more PCIe lanes so I can add more NVMe drives. http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/3833233


Good

2 years ago.

if anyone ever want the ultimate deal for multithread performance, you should check out the xeon 2nd hand market. I just built a dual e5-2696 v2. cost of both cpu ($580). cost of z9ped16 MB ($370). cost of 64GB DDR3 ($120). Here's the bench: http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/5285848 obviously the single and quad core number does suck but the multithread number is even slightly better than that of 1950X. on top of that, much cheaper ddr3 ecc ram...


Excellent

2 years ago.

high performance in both single and multi thread


Excellent

2 years ago.

132% oc'd to 5.2 ghz


Excellent

23 months ago.

5Ghz on all 6 cores with an H100i cooler. This processor is amazing and competes with the higher core/thread count of the Ryzen 1800X, while outperforming Ryzen in gaming. This is a fantastic processor!


Excellent

21 months ago.

5.1ghz@1.33v


Good

14 months ago.

beast


Excellent

13 months ago.

Awesome for anything.


Excellent

13 months ago.

Overclocks like a beast and doesn't double as a heater for the whole house


Excellent

11 months ago.

Everything you need for the next 3-4 years


Excellent

9 months ago.

Performance is incredible. Overclockability is amazing. CPU performs reliably and well. Recommend to anyone interested in overclocking without spending too too much money on the silicon.


Excellent

7 months ago.

superhero cpu


Excellent

7 months ago.

Superb CPU, I am very pleased with it's performance and stability.


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