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Intel Core i7-10700K Review – Still The Best Gaming CPU?

Intel Core i7-10700K Review – Game Benchmarks

First, let’s see how the Intel Core i7-10700K performs by running some synthetic benchmarks. Below you can see synthetic benchmarks from 3DMark and Unigine’s Superposition.

intel core i7-10700k 3dmark benchmarks

The Intel Core i7-10700K is generally faster, however, notice that the 3700X is a bit faster in Fire Strike and Fire Strike Ultra compared to a 10700K running at stock speeds.

intel core i7-10700k superposition benchmarks

In Superposition, we can see a significant difference in 720p low settings. However, the performance difference between the 10700K and 3700X is very small in 1080p high and 1440p high.

Is it going to be the same case with real games? Let’s check out the graphs below.

intel core i7-10700k ACO 1080p game benchmark intel core i7-10700k ACO 1440p game benchmark

intel core i7-10700k DXMD 1080p game benchmark intel core i7-10700k DXMD 1440p game benchmark

intel core i7-10700k f1 2019 1080p game benchmark intel core i7-10700k f1 2019 1440p game benchmark

intel core i7-10700k gears 5 1080p game benchmark intel core i7-10700k gears 5 1440p game benchmark

intel core i7-10700k GRW 1080p game benchmark intel core i7-10700k GRW 1440p game benchmark

intel core i7-10700k MHW 1080p game benchmark intel core i7-10700k MHW 1440p game benchmark

intel core i7-10700k shadow of the tomb raider benchmark

intel core i7-10700k the division 2 1080p game benchmark intel core i7-10700k the division 2 1440p game benchmark

I am not going to explain the graphs one by one, since the conclusion are basically the same for most of the games. Generally speaking, the Intel Core i7-10700K is faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X when it comes to gaming. It’s no surprise actually, since Intel is always on top when it comes to gaming.

What’s surprising is the fact that the Ryzen 7 3700X is faster in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I’m not sure what happened there, but the results were similar after running the benchmark sequence several times.

There are some games where the performance difference between the 10700K and 3700X is very slim. And sometimes, the difference in average FPS and/or 1% lows are negligible. That’s actually good news for AMD. Well, time to wrap up this review.

Pricing and Availability

To put things in a better perspective. The Intel Core i7-10700K currently retails for around $410 to $426 USD. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 7 3700X sells for around $275 at the time of writing. When it comes to availability, the Ryzen 7 3700X is pretty much available everywhere. However, it’s very difficult to get a 10th gen K variant CPU. I was lucky enough to get a 10700K before they got sold out pretty fast. The i9-10900K and i5-10600K is literally nowhere to be found at this time.

If you are interested in getting one of these CPUs, you can check out the links below.

Intel Core i7-10700K Review conclusion

Intel Core i7-10700K Review Conclusion

Wrapping things, the Intel Core i7-10700K is generally faster than the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, especially in gaming. However, if we include the price in the equation, the i7-10700K becomes less appealing since there is a 49% to 55% price increase from the 3700X to the 10700K. To make matter worse for the 10700K, the Ryzen 9 3900X is currently selling for just around $417 USD. With the 3900X you get 4 more cores and 8 more threads for just about the same price as the 10700K.

I don’t have an i9-9900K since I skipped that, but based on other reviews, the i7-10700K is a bit or slightly faster than the previous gen’s flagship CPU. On top of that, the i7-10700K is cheaper than the i9-9900K, making the 10700K a better value. Also, Intel’s CPU are still better than AMD when it comes to overclocking.

Usually, with Intel’s K CPUs, you can push them by a few more hundred MHz. If you are lucky enough, 5.3GHz is achievable with these 10th gen CPUs. However, with AMD CPUs, usually the highest boost clock speed is pretty much the limit for an all-core overclock.

I was able to push the 10700K with an all core overclock of 5.1GHz. Actually, I was able to push it even further to 5.3GHz but with an AVX offset of 2. I haven’t fully tested that overclock yet so I decided not to include it in this review. Nevertheless, I think Intel’s CPUs are more fun to overclock than AMD’s Ryzen CPUs.

Price to performance is not the only problem that the current 10th gen Intel CPU faces. These 10th Gen CPUs doesn’t support PCIe Gen4 interface, which AMD already support in their Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Perhaps many of us do not need a fast Gen4 SSD right now, but another issue is availability. These 10th gen CPU are literally nowhere to be found at the time of writing. It’s almost impossible to get a 10900K or a 10600K, and even the non-K CPUs are either sold out or out of stock.

At the back of my mind, I can’t help but think that these 10th gen CPUs are just stopgap products. We’ll have to wait for the next gen Rocket Lake CPUs if we ever want to see more features in Intel’s platform, aside from the WiFi 6 standard offered in Z490 chipset.

TL; DR, the Intel Core i7-10700K is a good CPU for gaming and some productivity workload, but it is not very attractive when it comes to price/performance or value.

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