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Our first look at Intel Core i7-8700K performance is here

The leaks are continuing to roll in for Intel’s upcoming 8th generation desktop processors. Last week word of an October 5th launch date began circulating and now, the first Core i7-8700K benchmark scores have leaked, giving us a good idea of the performance to expect from Intel’s first 6-core CPU on a mainstream platform.

This latest leak comes from Karl Morin, a French speaking tech YouTuber based on Montreal. Over the weekend, he attended a HWBot event and managed to come across a HP Omen PC already equipped with an Intel Core i7-8700K. Naturally, the first thing Morin did was run Cinebench and some CPU-Z multi-threaded and single-threaded tests to get the scoop on performance.

In the Cinebench R15 run, the Core i7 8700K scored 1230 points on the multithread test and 196 points for single core performance while running at 3.7GHz. By comparison, our Core i7 7700K review shows the Kaby Lake chip scoring 983 points in the same multithread test while running at 4.5GHz. In single threaded performance, Kaby Lake essentially matches the new 8700K, with a single-core score of 195 points.

In Morin’s CPU-Z tests, the Core i7 8700K scored 13,680 points in the multithread test and 2345 in the single thread one. Β You can see the full video of the tests being run over on Morin’s Facebook page.

We don’t know what clock speeds Intel plans to ship its Coffee Lake desktop processors with, so we could end up seeing some improvements in that area by the time launch rolls around. Either way if you are planning a new PC build at the moment, it seems worth it to hold off a little bit longer to see how Coffee Lake fares in reviews.

KitGuru Says: AMD’s success with Ryzen seems to have spurred Intel along at this point. Coffee Lake is going to roll in less than a year after Kaby Lake landed on the desktop with higher core counts than before. In my opinion, that is a clear sign that AMD struck a nerve over at Intel this year, sparking competition once again.Β 


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  • Thomas Gx

    A few years back, i may of qualified as being knowledgeable about number crunching of computer chips. As a senior now, i have followed this whole process of computing power on a desk top. ” as a lot of you have ” to my unease, is the now blurring of performance merit by the suppliers. ” it is not so much as technology development now, as it is a Money business ” we are now at a Master point of computer using, that is getting blurred in many areas, as, raw number crunching, as power consumption, as software for multi thread, and system architecture, ” OH my Pcie-4.0 is coming ” What that means to most of us, is that, our machines, are way more powerful and capable, than our needs. What the? Gaming aside, most of us use only 1 to 10 percent of our computing power on a Single Thread. ” internet types ” , us hooked up to a Poor cable or fiber interconnect, So this number differential here on Kabby to Coffee is Insignificant. meaningless, blurring the understanding for need of Pcie lanes, 40 or more, Pcie 3.0 to 4.0 twice the bandwidth, for video and mining cards, and super ssd performance. ” lets get on to the future, ” in just a short time say 12 months, and get your internet up to 1 Giga bits per second. ” i just think comparing numbers here in this article is near meaningless ” why i rant, is because i want to build a 3 liter desktop with a 4 core processor and clock at 4 plus Ghz. and have a Pcie 4 buss for video, ” even gaming ” and ssd performance ” it is close to coming, ” click like recommend, if you would like the future also . πŸ™‚ cheers from Ralph Thomas in Vancouver Canada. OH yes, i have a 4 lane Nic card for my 4 Ghz internet connections, so i can have some Real Cloud Performance. ” see you on the internet games. we are so close to getting this right.

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  • Ron Peppers

    Is this satire?

  • Jemma

    “i just think comparing numbers here in this article is near meaningless ”

    I know exactly what you mean – that almost no-one with a 7700K is going to buy an 8700K.

    But to what else can they compare it? Any other Intel CPU choice would be arbitrary! πŸ˜€ If they compare it to the 2500K, or 3770K, or 166MMX, it’s going to be too niche a comparison. This is the only way they can do it: show progression over any CPU’s predecessor, plus comparison to current market alternatives (either from a price or a tech point of view).

    And in-depth reviews can feature, time permitting, some older CPUs now and again.

    Everyone gets that Coffee Lake is not aimed at Kaby Lake owners – but it’s looking like a great choice for the Sandy/Ivy (Savvy?) Bridge crowd, who ALSO get the benefits of loads of great new features at the same time, like NVMe, USB3.1/USB-C, etc. But wait for final reviews, of course!

  • Thomas Gx

    the 8700K, is a stop gap processor, a knee jerk reaction by Intel, that mishandled their business plan, and progress in chip plan,

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    thank you for reading my thoughts, i just would like us techi’s to think about what we need, and how to stay with a 3 to 4 year time line, in personal upgrades. internet use, has now been reached, as i think cloud computing and storage is a JOKE, that is a strong opinion i know,

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  • Aleksey Senyatkin

    Naturally almost noone with a 1 year old processor would look to upgrade that quickly.

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    i am sure the CB15 is out but if it is 196 ST at max turbo 1C that is 4.5gh and max all core is 4.3 and 1230 at 4.3ghz is pathetic given out the box a ryzen 5 1600 scores that