Page 1:Intel Brings More Cores
Page 2:The Z370 Chipset & Graphics
Page 3:How We Test
Page 4:VRMark, 3DMark & AotS: Escalation
Page 5:Civilization VI, Battlefield 1 & Dawn of War III
Page 6:Grand Theft Auto V, Hitman & Shadow of Mordor
Page 7:Project CARS, Far Cry Primal & Rise of the Tomb Raider
Page 8:DTP, Office, Multimedia & Compression Performance
Page 9:2D & 3D Workstation Performance
Page 10:CPU Computing & Rendering Performance
Page 11:Scientific & Engineering Computations, & HPC Performance
Page 12:Overclocking, Cooling & Temperature
Grand Theft Auto V, Hitman & Shadow of Mordor
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V continues to favor Intel architectures and, more generally, multi-core designs. The Core i7-8700K offers 7.6% more performance than the -7700K at stock settings. This grows to a 11.5% lead after some tuning.
Kaby Lake- and Coffee Lake-based Core i7 processors set themselves apart from the pack during our benchmark, specifically offering a 16-25% performance advantage over the Ryzen models at stock settings.
Core i7-7800X finally shows up in the top half of our chart thanks to its effective architecture and 6C/12T configuration. It's still no match for the -8700K, though, probably due to its more conservative 4 GHz Turbo Boost ceiling.
The new -8700K offers the best performance in stock form, demonstrating a 9 FPS advantage over its nearest competitor. Meanwhile, Core i7-7700K turns the tables with a slight lead after overclocking. Given their similar architectures and manually-defined frequencies, a little variance there is expected. Consider the chips to be tied after tuning.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
The Core i7-8700K surprisingly falls behind its predecessor at stock settings. We examined each chip's Turbo Boost behavior and discovered that the -8700K ran through at a higher frequency. But, like the -7700K, it doesn’t reach peak frequencies. Rather, it drops to lower clock rates throughout our run.
As mentioned at the outset of our performance testing, we saw higher benchmark numbers from the lower-end Core i7-8700 in several games. Coffee Lake and its Z370 platform are new, so perhaps firmware tuning will iron out some of these issues over time.
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- Intel Brings More Cores
- The Z370 Chipset & Graphics
- How We Test
- VRMark, 3DMark & AotS: Escalation
- Civilization VI, Battlefield 1 & Dawn of War III
- Grand Theft Auto V, Hitman & Shadow of Mordor
- Project CARS, Far Cry Primal & Rise of the Tomb Raider
- DTP, Office, Multimedia & Compression Performance
- 2D & 3D Workstation Performance
- CPU Computing & Rendering Performance
- Scientific & Engineering Computations, & HPC Performance
- Overclocking, Cooling & Temperature