Intel Core i7-10700K Review

High-end desktop processor released in 2020 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 5.1GHz, and a 125W power rating. Core i7-10700K is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and part of the Core i7 series.
Price 56.6%
Speed 95%
Productivity 86%
Gaming 98%
Category Desktop
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility LGA1200
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 1 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 410 USD
Number of Cores 8 Cores
Number of Threads 16 Threads
Core Frequency 3.8 GHz
Boost Frequency 5.1 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 5.2 GHz
Power Consumption 125 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 16 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 56.6 %
Speed Score 95 %
Productivity Score 86 %
Gaming Score 98 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 4.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 2.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 1.2 %
Overall Score 58/100

The Core i7-10700K is one of Intel's high-end Desktop processors. It was released in 2020 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 3.8GHz, max speed at 5.1GHz, and a 125W power rating. The Core i7-10700K is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and is part of the Core i7 series.

Core i7-10700K is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i7-9700K processor that was based on the Coffee Lake Refresh and 14nm process and was released in 2018.

The Intel Core i7-10700K is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 8 cores, 16 threads and high price tag. If you’re looking for the absolute best processor money can buy on a mainstream processor, then look no further. Whether you’re playing PC games or even doing hardcore video and 3D work, the Intel Core i7-10700K can handle them with ease.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i7-10700K is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i7-10700K.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the Ryzen 7 processor. The base performance we showed for the Core i7-10700K can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen 7 3800X will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i7 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 98% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i7-10700K proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent high-end chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade H410, 4470, Z490 motherboard.