Intel’s Core i7-8700K May Not Be Groundbreaking, But It’s A Fine Piece Of Hardware
When it comes to building a PC, some components are simply more important than others. Sure you can skimp on the case, to an extent, if you don’t really care how your computer looks, but CPUs are one component you don’t want to cut corners with. Unfortunately, they’re also one of the most expensive components you can buy and Intel’s CPUs are known for being particularly pricey. That’s why the Core i7-8700K, released as part of the Coffee Lake line, is so intriguing.
Priced at $379, it is clear that the Core i7-8700K was, at least partially, released as a response to the threat posed by AMD’s Zen-based CPUs. AMD has seen a bit of a resurgence in recent years so it is good to know that Intel is willing to rise to the challenge as increased competition means better more affordable products for the rest of us.
One of the most obvious benefits that the i7 line features over previous Intel incarnations is Intel has finally moved beyond its arbitrary quad-core limit for its mainstream CPUs. Granted, the budget-oriented I3 still only offers four cores, but the Core i7-8700K features 6/12 cores depending upon the clock speed making it a marked improvement over Intel’s Kaby Lake line.
In terms of system architecture, however, the basic design of Intel’s products hasn’t changed since the company released its Broadwell line back in 2014. Like Kaby Lake and Sky Lake before it, the Coffee Lake line is still based on the company’s 14nm process which was released about three years ago.
All that being said, many critics have complained that calling this the “8th generation” of Intel CPUs is a step too far. Technically speaking, they may be correct as the basic architecture hasn’t is getting a bit dated, but the Core i7-8700K is still a major improvement over previous Intel chips and offers a compelling balance of budget and power.
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