We are fast approaching Intel’s eagerly awaited response to AMD’s incredibly popular Ryzen processors family in the form of Coffee Lake. It is a new generation of Intel’s processor that will be bringing higher core counts and higher clock speeds to the mainstream platform of the company.
The flagship for the upcoming lineup is Core i& 8700K a six core 12 thread CPU. The Coffee Lake chips are flag-shipped by 8700K and are expected to land by next month; it is supposed to be launch on 5th of October. Due to some marvelous sleuthing by Canadian tech journalist Karl Morin, you won’t have to wait for the end of the month to know how fast this chip is.
Karl was in attendance at DreamHack 2017 in Montreal where he happened to stumble upon an i7 8700K equipped system from HP. In a truly marvelous bid to find out exactly how fast the 8700K is he proceeded to benchmark the system right there on the spot, in front of the HP representative. Somehow, he got away with it, and we’ve got the numbers for you!
Intel Core i7 8700K 6 Core CPU Benchmarked
In Cinebench R15 the 8700K scores 196 points in single threaded portion and 1230 points in the multithreaded option of the test. That is highest single-threaded score ever for stock clocked CPU, If we compare 7700K scores that are 192 points and AMD’s 8-core 1800X flagship Ryzen chip 156 points. It outclasses the 7700K scores in multi-threaded option which are 950 points and matched Ryzen 5 1600X and left behind by AMD’s Ryzen 1800X which have 1600 points.
In CPU-Z the i7 8700K manages to match both the Ryzen 7 1800X and i7 7700K in the single-threaded portion of the test. In the multithreaded part of the same test, it also manages to surpass the i7 7700K easily but struggles to match AMD’s 6-core Ryzen 5 1600X and is significantly behind the 8-core 1800X flagship.
In geekbench, the i7 8700K delivers single threaded performance that’s nearly 30% ahead of AMD’s Ryzen chips which score around ~4250 points and multi-threaded performance that’s slightly faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X which scores around ~22500 points. Very impressive indeed.
The Core i7 8700, the locked/un-overclockable variant of the 8700K, appears to share an identical pin layout to the current LGA 1151 compatible 7th generation Kaby Lake chips, which is to be expected as both are based on the same Skylake core micro architecture. Although it does raise questions as to why Intel is breaking Coffee Lake compatibility with existing 200 series motherboards. There isn’t any clear good reason for it from where we’re sitting.
Intel Coffee Lake 8th Gen Core Lineup:
|CPU Name||Intel Core i3-8100||Intel Core i3-8300||Intel Core i3-8350K||Intel Core i5-8400||Intel Core i5-8600K||Intel Core i7-8700||Intel Core i7-8700K|
|CPU Family||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S|
|Base Clock||3.60 GHz||4.00 GHz||4.00 GHz||2.80 GHz||3.50 GHz||3.20 GHz||3.70 GHz|
|Boost Clock (Max)||N/A||N/A||N/A||3.90 GHz||4.40 GHz||4.60 GHz||4.70 GHz|
|Boost Clock (6 Core)||N/A||N/A||N/A||3.50 GHz||4.20 GHz||4.20 GHz||4.30 GHz|
|L2 Cache||1 MB (256 KB per Core)||1 MB (256 KB per Core)||1 MB (256 KB per Core)||1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)||1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)||1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)||1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)|
|L3 Cache||6 MB||6 MB||8 MB||9 MB||9 MB||12 MB||12 MB|
|Socket Support||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151|