We're seeing great sales on Intel processors today, such as the Intel Core i9-10850K hitting all-time low prices. Among the best Cyber Monday CPU deals: Intel's Core i7-10700KF has dropped down to $289, a new all-time low price and far below its regular price of $361.
The Intel Core i7-10700KF is nearly-identical to the Core i7-10700K, with one tiny difference: it has no integrated GPU. However, if you're buying a high-end processor like this, you almost certainly have or were planning to get one of the best graphics cards.
This 125W CPU has 8 cores, 16 threads and a rated boost clock of 5.1 GHz. When we published our Intel Core i7-10700K review, we noted that it pretty much matched Intel's top-of-the-line Core i9-10900K for gaming when running at that 5.1 GHz speed. In other words, this is Intel's best value and it's now at its best price ever.
Intel Core i7-10700KF: was $361, now $289 at Amazon
In our tests, the Intel Core i7-10700K (which is the same as the KF just with integrated graphics) was as fast as the top-end Core i7-10900K when running at its 5.1 GHz boost clock. It has 8 cores, 16 threads and 16MB of cache. No integrated graphics and you must buy your own cooler.
When we tested the Intel Core i7-10700K (identical to the KF), on various tests in different games we found it tied, nearly-tied, or beat the Core i9-10900K, which costs $539, in gaming when both were clocked at 5.1 GHz. That's the same performance for almost half the price.
As you can see, Core i7-10700K actually had a higher frame rate on Warhammer 40K. It also pulled ahead on Final Fantasy XV.
Of course, the Core i9-10900K has more cores so it's going to do better with multi-threaded apps. However, with 8 cores and 16 threads, the Core i7-10700KF is also a strong performer.
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it should, in all likelihood, be about $249 in attempt to provide potentially more 'value' over the R5-3600....Reply
"if you're buying a high-end processor like this, you almost certainly have or were planning to get one of the best graphics cards. "Reply
Good Luck with finding a in stock GPU more powerful that the K included integrated graphics.
Shame Intel did not see "forward", I love my 8700k and oh boy if AMD Motherboards are TOTAL TRASH they are half baked and there are maybe 2 with all features you may want on a single card, but with RTX IO and storage speed convenience there is absolutely no reason to get Intel.Reply
I was looking now to z490 MSI as it supports PCIe 4.0 for Rocket Lake but
1) It is coming way way too late, March most likely end so nearly Q2 pointless...as then Alder Lake is coming out who is going to purchase that? Only if you already have a z490, then it is a good deal provided it delivers.
2) Buy that now you cannot still use 4.0 and would have to sell it, getting peanuts, and buy another CPU by Q2.
Even for someone using intel for the past 2 decade (before I mixed with AMD depending on period) it is impossible to justify to buy a new mobo and CPU, even with mobo being PCI 4.0 compatible... as you will end up having to buy another CPU and most likely x590 as Intel itself did not want support to the new bus.
Their only way to get some business is for AMD to fail big to deliver their CPU, however it seems that deliveries are ramping up as time goes, now is still a paper launch, UK got less than 1000 overall.
If that is the case doubt even Alder Lake will do anything as people do not purchase CPU yearly, unless they come up with a 20% IPC over Zen 3.
I would be interesting to quantify if how much improvement the average user or gamer actually gets out of a top tier chip instead of a low mid range one. When playing can I tell I have 18 blazing fast cores backing my play ? or will a stocker 5 series do?Reply
The best ability in a CPU or GPU this year may end up being availability.