CPU & Motherboards

Intel Core i7 10700K 8-Core CPU Review

Multi-core enhancement is disabled by default on our test motherboard hence the 9th-gen which has it on by default, has been disabled as well.

Test Setup: Intel “10th-Gen”
Processor Intel Core i9-10900K
Motherboard ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME
RAM Gskill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB (8GB)x4 CL16
VGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
Storage Seagate FireCuda 510 1TB
Power Supply Seasonic Platinum 1050w

Test Setup: Intel “10th-Gen”
Processor Intel Core i9-10900K
Motherboard ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME
RAM Gskill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB (8GB)x4 CL16
VGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
Storage Seagate FireCuda 510 1TB
Power Supply Seasonic Platinum 1050w
Test Setup: AMD
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS PRIME X570
RAM Gskill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB (8GB)x4 CL16
VGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
Storage Seagate FireCuda 510 1TB
Power Supply Seasonic P1000 Platinum 1000w

All tests are performed in an open bench with ambient room temperature kept at 35*C (Because its summer in the Philippines.)

Motherboards are updated to the latest BIOS during time of testing kept at their out-of-box settings aside from XMP frequencies when running stock benchmarks.

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As many already know, most motherboards will have varying frequency multipliers and this may affect performance overall. As this is part of their out of the box configuration we see it fit to use them as is.

As always, we’ll let the numbers do the talking.

Best Practices

  • Same thermal paste and same application method used on all cooler mounting. A pre-benchmark stress test is performed to let the TIM settle. We use Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut for all our testing.
  • A fresh install of Windows 10 Pro is used for every sample testing. The OS image contains all benchmarks and games. Drivers are installed after image is installed.
  • An average of 3 benchmark runs is used for test sampling.

Benchmarks Used

  • Maxon Cinebench R20 – Multi-threaded CPU benchmark
  • Blender 3D – BMW 2.7 CPU Render benchmark
  • POV-Ray 3.7.1 – Multi-threaded Render benchmark
  • HWBot x265 – 1080p and 4K x265 CPU encoding benchmark
  • 7zip Benchmark – a compression benchmark
  • wPrime 1024M – multi-threaded prime benchmark
  • SuperPI 32M – single-threaded prime benchmark
  • PugetBench for Photoshop – an Adobe Photoshop benchmark developed by PugetSystems
  • Adobe Media Encoder – an NLE encoding benchmark
  • Corona Bench 1.3 – a rendering benchmark
  • V-ray 4.10.07 – a raytracing benchmark
  • 3DMark Time Spy – a DirectX12 gaming benchmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike – a DirectX 11 gaming benchmark
  • PCMark10 Extended – a complete system benchmark
  • PCMark10 Digital Content Creation – the content creator sub-score from the Extended test

Other Software

  • Latest LAN Speed Test via LST Server
  • Latest AIDA64 (Stress Test) or
  • Prime95 26.6 non-AVX version – Custom 12K (Stress Test)
  • Latest CPU-Z
  • Latest GPU-Z
  • Latest HWnfo 64-bit

Test OS Environment

  • Windows 10 Pro 1909
  • Latest NVIDIA GeForce Game-Ready drivers
  • Latest AMD Chipset/Radeon drivers (when applicable, AMD boards)
  • Latest DirectX end-user runtime

Measuring Equipment:

  • Flir One USB Thermal Camera via Thermal Imaging+ app
  • HP-9800 AC wattmeter with USB interface for app logging
  • Sound level meter

Network Hardware

  • ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Router

We would like to thank the following for our reviews:

Thanks to UL Benchmarks for providing access to their benchmarks for our reviews.


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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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