Binned Intel Core i7-10700K at 5.1 GHz Selling for $559

Intel Core i7-10700K (Image credit: Intel)

Silicon Lottery (opens in new tab) is selling pre-binned Intel Core i7-10700K processors on its online store. If CPU overclocking on your own isn't your cup of tea, Silicon Lottery's offerings are a dream come true -- if you're willing to pay a premium. 

Binning specialist Silicon Lottery shared its binning (opens in new tab) stats for the Core i7-10700K. Sadly, the company didn't specify the size of its sample. Still, Silicon Lottery found that 100% of its samples achieved a 4.9 GHz all-core overclock. Out of the tested chips, 68% managed to hit 5 GHz or higher. Suprisingly, 20% of Silicon Lottery's Core i7-10700K CPUs (opens in new tab) could run at 5.1 GHz stably. The figure might look underwhelming, but it's actually pretty impressive if you compare it to AMD's Ryzen 3000-series (Matisse) processors lack manual overclocking headroom (opens in new tab).

Overall, the data looks pretty encouraging, since more than half of the Core i7-10700K chips reached or surpassed the 5 GHz mark. Silicon Lottery's results seem to contrast MSI's early findings (opens in new tab). MSI's data showed that only 5% of its Core i7-10700K was Level A grade, while the other 58% and 32% were Level B and Level C grades, respectively.

The Core i7-10700K, which hails from the 10th Generation Comet Lake-S (opens in new tab) family, comes with eight CPU cores (opens in new tab), 16 threads (opens in new tab) and 16MB of L3 cache (opens in new tab). Intel markets the 14nm K-series chip with a 3.8 GHz base clock (opens in new tab) and 5.1 GHz boost clock. The all-core boost clock speed, which Intel doesn't publicly advertise, is rated for 4.7 GHz. 

For reference, the processor has a PL1 (Power Level 1) (opens in new tab) of 125W and a PL2 (Power Level 2) that scales up to 229W. Although Intel lists an MSRP of $374 - $387 for a stock Core i7-10700K, the octa-core Comet Lake-S processor typically sells for as high as $409.99 (opens in new tab).

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ProcessorAll-Core Boost Clock (GHz)4-Core BoostVcore (V)Pricing
Core i7-10700K @ 5.1 GHz5.15.2 / 5.11.400$559.99
Core i7-10700K @ 5.0 GHz5.05.1 / 5.01.375$469.99
Core i7-10700K @ 4.9 GHz4.95.0 / 4.91.350$429.99
Stock Core i7-10700K4.7??$374 - $387

The highest-clocked Core i7-10700K from Silicon Lottery runs at 5.1 GHz across all eight cores with a 1.4V Vcore. Alternatively, it can do 5.2 GHz on four cores and 5.1 GHz on the other four cores. This premium part carries a $559.99 price tag, which is up to $150 more expensive than the Core i7-10700K's street price. 

Lower binned versions of the Core i7-10700K feature all-core boost clock speeds up to 4.9 GHz and 5.0 GHz and cost $429.99 and $469.99, respectively.

For the binned Comet Lake-S parts, Silicon Lottery sticks with a AVX offset value of 1 that subtracts 100 MHz from the advertised speeds when the processor is engaged in AVX workloads. The company specifies a Load-Line Calibration (LLC) value of 3 for Asus' ROG Maximus XII series of motherboards (opens in new tab) (Apex, Extreme, Formula, Hero). For Z490 motherboards from other brands, Silicon Lottery recommends a value of 4.

As expected, Silicon Lottery offers the delidding (opens in new tab) treatment for the Comet Lake-S chips. The service, which costs $49.99, should help decrease the operating temperatures anywhere from 5 degrees to 10 degrees Celsius when the overclocked Core i7-10700K is submitted to heavy workloads.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • NightHawkRMX
    I don't understand why someone would pay 10900k money for a 10700k with higher clocks. The 10900k would end up having same clocks all core most likely in addition to more cores.
  • arjun90
    This is sick, so someone paying $409 for the Core i7-10700 could by luck be getting the binned version for a fraction of the $559 price