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Intel Core i7 10700K 8-Core CPU Review

With the Core i7-10700K, Intel has managed to redeem themselves with the Core i9-9900K, Despite that the though, the appeal of getting that level of performance for less is certainly intriguing but Intel’s choice to not make Comet Lake compatible with Z390 is really a waste. Intel cites reason of power delivery hence the socket change but with the core i7-10700K the glowing example of the exact same chip as the past-release, but in the spirit of making motherboard makers happy, decided to continue with the socket change. Given that, motherboard makers are pushing some really nice boards this generation, albeit a bit pricey, but still might be worth checking out. The main argument here is that Intel could’ve done a better job in keeping their current customers happy, saving them face from the tech community. But profit, profit.

Performance-wise, nobody seems to be excited about 8-cores nowadays thanks to AMD but as they are, the Core i7-10700K manages to bring a high-clock rate 8-core into the mainstream.  It is undoubtedly the best gaming CPU in the market right now, and given its 8-core, anyone who dabbles into a bit of content creation or streaming will like this CPU. This is why I noted that I was very enthused about this CPU more than the i9. That and coupled with the potential of having a 5.1Ghz overclock on all 8-cores, is a great milestone for any enthusiast. This CPU actually gives you that true overclocking feel of pushing your CPU past its price point. It’s a hollow victory but still worth noting nonetheless.

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Intel wanted to hold onto the gaming crown and with this CPU, they do. Its not by a mile, but again, the Core i7-10700K managed to squeeze out a higher clock rate on all core loads than the i9 and its better temps makes this even more ideal. For games that like higher clocks, the 10700K is ideal, in our case the 10700K sat around 4.5Ghz versus the 4Ghz of the i9, giving some extra oomph when it comes to clock-friendly games. This is pretty much the primary appeal of the Core i7-10700K. A nice balance of higher clocks, decent OC potential and core count make it an ideal CPU for an upper-mainstream gaming machine.

If you’re upgrading from a 9th-gen, this definitely isn’t it and you’re better off living with the temps of your 9900K until Intel comes out from with a new architecture. For 6900K, 6950X or 8700K users that may benefit from the slight core count increase, the Core i7 10700K is definitely a good choice but this is a very congested market at the price point the 10700K is playing at. The Ryzen 7 3700X is pretty much neck-to-neck in multi-threaded applications and can compromise a few percent FPS difference. Again, the platform cost is easily the barrier in making this board a  quick recommendation.

Ultimately, it’s a nice chip. I like it. Do I need it? As a 9900K user, not really. But as I mentioned, you really don’t need to be attached to Intel by the hip to like the 10th-gen release and they still do hold value particularly if you make the wise choice of assessing your use-case and if you tend to game more than you do work stuff, particularly multimedia work and content creation, the Core i7 10700K can definitely deliver.


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BossMac Suba

Owner and lead reviewer for Back2Gaming. More than 10-year of corporate IT experience as well as consumer IT journalism. His extensive skill set and experience in communicating complicated technical details into easily understandable bits. He's been with you since dial-up and the ISA slot. His favorite animal is the scapegoat.

4 Comments

  1. Monster Hunter World 1080p stable 144fps is still a dream 🙁
    Hopefully the new RTX GPUs at the end of the year will be able to solve this.

  2. Really useful review. Replacing my 9 year old i7 2600k rig shortly and was considering whether to go i9 10900k with 16GB RAM or i7 10700k with 32GB. On the evidence, going i7 again (clocked to 5.1Ghz).

  3. True but as I play MHW IB on both PS4 and PC, I’ve gotten used to just G-syncing on the PC for the smoothness. I doubt Capcom will do anything about it soon but I appreciate the content they’re putting out and I really don’t mind the framerate just as long as we get decent content 🙂

  4. Only 10-15% frame rates vs. a 3700X at almost half the price? Winner AMD. Just wait until the 4000 series comes out this fall. It will beat the 10700K and still cost $150 less and may not require a new motherboard. Winner AMD again!

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