Intel’s upcoming Core i7-8700K “Coffee Lake” processor was run through Cinebench R15 where it is seen competing with much higher high-end desktop (HEDT) processors. This is thanks to its core count and relatively high clock speeds. Unlike those HEDT processors, the Core i7-8700K does not carry a bulky uncore, so its TDP is low at 95W, enabling high clock speeds.
In the multi-threaded test the chip scores 1230 points, which makes it faster than the quad-core chips it succeeds, and even faster than older 6-core HEDT chips. This is thanks to adding more cores, 4MB more of L3 cache, higher clock speeds, and a newer micro-architecture.
In the single-threaded test it scores 196, which makes it significantly faster than older 6-core HEDT chips, again we have faster clock speeds. There is a possibility the chip could lose out on single-threaded performance to the Core i7-7700K because of slightly slower clock speeds.
The Core i7-8700K is a 6-core, 12-thread part which features 12MB of L3 cache, a 95W TDP, and Intel’s new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology. It is expected to launch October 5th with a MSRP of around $380.