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The Core i7-8086K Review: 40 Years Of x86

Far Cry Primal, GTA: V & Hitman

Far Cry Primal

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Tuning provided small average frame rate boosts to Intel's six-core Coffee Lake-based CPUs. Meanwhile, Core i7-8086K only offered a slight advantage versus the less expensive eighth-gen Core i7s. 

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V favors Intel architectures and, more generally, multi-core designs with high clock rates.

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The stock and overclocked Core i7-8086K yielded a small advantage over the Core i7-8700K.

Hitman

Our Hitman benchmark was rendered almost useless by a patch that imposed a 90 FPS cap on performance. A few weeks ago, though, a subsequent update restored our Hitman test to its prior glory.

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With the frame cap removed, Intel's overclocked processors hit a performance ceiling that may be imposed by available graphics horsepower.

Shifting focus to the stock configurations, Intel's six-core CPUs were clearly faster than last generation's quad-core flagship.


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Paul Alcorn

Paul Alcorn is the Deputy Managing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage and enterprise hardware.