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Intel i7-8700K Retrospective Cross-Sectional Analysis

I'm just a small-time guy working a normal job as a physician assistant. My passion is building PCs and testing/reviewing PC hardware.


Hello everyone. Will here. Today, I am going to be doing something that has me going back back to my physician assistant school days. I am going to be doing a hybrid retrospective and cross-sectional study of the i7-8700K CPU by Intel.

The current state of processors from Intel is not good. It’s not that they aren’t good processors, they actually appear to be great. However, there are none of the higher end CPUs available anywhere and if you do find them, retailers/sellers are gouging prices on them. With this in mind, I could not get my hands on one, so I decided to do this hybrid retrospective-type study. So, I have reached out to multiple TechTubers on YouTube to use their numbers and benchmarks in this study and Steve over at Hardware Unboxed was quick to get back to me and tell me that it was okay as long as I gave credit. So, thanks Steve and Hardware Unboxed.



In this study, I took the benchmarks of 6 different TechTubers which include Gamers Nexus, Hardware Unboxed, Paul’s Hardware, JayzTwoCents, Science Studio, and Linus Tech Tips. I then took those benchmarks and matched them by specific benchmark and took averages of those. So, for example, I took all of the Cinebench benchmarks and averaged them out and did the same for all others. So, here is what I observed with the i7-8700K.

Intel Core i7-8700K on Amazon

Hardware Unboxed

Cinebench was the most common benchmark completed and was run in every “study,” though, JayzTwo Cents did not run the single core test. The Cinebench multicore score average was 1451. The single core score average on Cinebench was 199. Neither of these scores are to shabby and put this processor near the top of the CPU hierarchy. Firstrike gave an average score of 15422 which again, put the 8700K near the top of the CPU hierarchy. These 2 benchmark tests were the most common and most meaningful in my opinion.

Gamers Nexus

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For gaming, I was able to extract enough data across the board to get averages on 3 games: GTA V, Battlefield 1, and Ashes of the Singularity. In GTA V the 1% low average across the studies was 111fps while the average was 146fps. In Battlefield 1, the 1% low average across the studies was 127fps while the average was 154fps. With Ashes of the Singularity, the 1% low average was 75fps while the average was 89fps. These scores once again show that the 8700K is on par/better than its predecessor the 7700K and the AMD Ryzen CPUs.

Science Studio

Conclusions and Thoughts

Well, there you have it. The i7-8700K is an absolute beast in productivity and gaming as it is on par or better than its predecessor and the AMD Ryzen line of processors. Right now, I’d be wrong in all ways to recommend someone run out and buy this CPU given it’s gouged prices and expensive Z370 motherboards. I do however, feel that if you have a Kaby Lake i5 processor or earlier, then upgrading to the Coffee Lake i5 or i7 line of processor will be a fantastic move once the stock of processors is replenished and even the nonoverclocking boards (for locked CPUs only) come into stock. At the same time, I would not recommend anyone upgrade from their current i7-7700K system.

Thank you everyone who has supported my hubbing experience and for taking the time to read this article. I do intend on doing my own review of this CPU in the near future once I am able to purchase a CPU of my own. I am currently in the process of scouting motherboards, one of which I will use for my testing of the 8700K. I am really excited about testing this processor and comparing it against my current 7700K setup. I'm really, really excited to see what this CPU can do streaming and playing Destiny 2 on Twitch/YouTube with uncapped frame rates. If you are a PC builder, now is an exciting time but at the same time, not so much excitement for the wallet. Again, thanks for stopping by and taking time to take a look at this retrospective, cross-sectional study of the Intel i7-8700K computer processor.

Intel Core i7-8700K



Special Thanks

Special thanks to Hardware Unboxed for their immediate reply back to my request. Thanks Steve. YouTubers like this deserve all the support we can give for their informative and quality over quantity content. I appreciate everything these guys do because they are responsible for getting me back into the PC building game. Everyone, please go check out Hardware Unboxed’s YouTube Channel.

Paul's Hardware

Linus Tech Tips

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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