Core i7-8700K is a gaming beast, and so is the 8600K

Intel's next-gen Core i7-8700K and 8600K benchmarks leaked with promising results.

Published Sun, Oct 1 2017 5:27 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:54 AM CST

Intel is preparing its Core i7-8000 series processors that will be led by the flagship Core i7-8700K and joined by the Core i7-8600K, with these two CPUs having some benchmarks leaked. We have gaming results at 1080p which will be showing more of the brute strength of the CPU for gaming, as lower resolutions are more CPU dependent.

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The tests include most of the popular CPUs used today, with the Core i7-8700K a champion throughout the testing. The lower-end 8600K is a 6C/6T processor, but for gaming the six additional threads from Hyper Threading, like the Core i7-8700K has. This doesn't matter for gaming, and more so at 1080p and lower.

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Even though a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was used, the 8600K is a surprise performer and should make a bigger impact with many more sales than the 8700K given its price/performance ratio.

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That fact is highlighted by the fact that the Core i7-8600K still overclocks past 5GHz, only continuing to impress and best the 8700K on price/performance for gaming. The additional six threads on the 8700K will be great for higher-end enthusiast gamers who want to spend more, and will utilize the multi-threaded power from the 6C/12T offering.

There's also some power consumption and temperature details, with the 8700K using 145W of power, while the overclocked 8600K consumes 190W. Intel's new Core i7-8700K is 5C hotter than the 7700K, while the 8600K runs at the same temperature as the 7700K, but the overclocked 8600K was hitting the heights of 92C, up from 65C at stock clocks.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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