Average Bench: 91.8% (13th of 1182)

Based on 344,930 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 8.1% 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 136Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 269Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-8700K is 30.4%. 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 1,051Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 841Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 344,930 samples)
Min Avg Max
116 1-Core 136 155
229 2-Core 269 308
95.5% 203 Pts
Min Avg Max
432 4-Core 517 611
711 8-Core 841 985
86.2% 679 Pts
Min Avg Max
884 64-Core 1,051 1,216
70.6% 1,051 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 159
2-Core 317
112% 238 Pts
4-Core 629
8-Core 894
99% 761 Pts
64-Core 912
61% 912 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
1-Core 153
2-Core 303
107% 228 Pts
4-Core 599
8-Core 938
98% 768 Pts
64-Core 1,206
81% 1,206 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
1-Core 127
2-Core 255
90% 191 Pts
4-Core 489
8-Core 843
84% 666 Pts
64-Core 1,026
69% 1,026 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $380 @ launch in Oct '17
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Typical Core i7-8700K Builds (Compare 26,151 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Desktop 112%
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Workstation 91%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $472

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $1,826

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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 24 months ago.

Terrible

27 days 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


Excellent

5 days ago.

overpriced compared with 3600, even considering overclocking


Terrible

10 days ago.

asd


Terrible

20 days ago.

Its great


Excellent

3 days ago.

All six cores @5,2 GHz without water cooling :-D Great for overclocked GTX1080Ti feeding and of course for good feeling. And yes it cost more than AMD


Terrible

18 days ago.

best and top cpu before servering chipset


Terrible

28 days ago.

cost to much for its performance


Terrible

27 days ago.

It is top of the i7 charts for now


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Poor

2 months ago.

It is expensive and no cpu cooler


Good

24 months ago.


Liked

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 days ago.

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


Excellent

16 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

3 months ago.

too expensive for its performance


Good

23 months 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

24 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

2 months ago.

price


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Good

20 months ago.

ok


Poor

21 months ago.

weak multi


Terrible

15 months ago.

high price, too much heat


Good

10 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

8 months ago.

intel cpu is so expensive.


Terrible

2 months ago.

freezes up when overclocked 100 mhz with intel fan


Excellent

14 months ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

monster


Good

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

Beast cpu


Terrible

5 months ago.

Intel


Excellent

3 months ago.

gucci


Terrible

2 months ago.

Overpriced


Excellent

15 months ago.

Absolute beast!!!


Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

Extremely quick single core processing!


Good

9 months ago.

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


Good

17 months ago.

what a perfect


Excellent

14 months ago.

Best intel processor for this time!


Poor

20 months ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

FAST


Excellent

2 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

23 months ago.

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


Excellent

21 months ago.

hoy dia el mejor CPU


Excellent

19 months ago.

would recommend easily more reliable and stable. Even OCed.


Excellent

7 months ago.

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


Good

9 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

21 months ago.

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


Excellent

18 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

17 months ago.

Best 500$ CPU for games.


Terrible

13 months ago.

Keep changing sockets, underperforms


Good

11 months ago.

like


Terrible

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

Smashes any task thrown at it


Excellent

3 months ago.

le top du top


Good

23 months 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

23 months 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

23 months ago.

high performance in both single and multi thread


Excellent

21 months ago.

132% oc'd to 5.2 ghz


Excellent

19 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

17 months ago.

5.1ghz@1.33v


Good

10 months ago.

beast


Excellent

9 months ago.

Awesome for anything.


Excellent

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

Everything you need for the next 3-4 years


Excellent

5 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

3 months ago.

superhero cpu


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


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