Intel Core i7-10700K CPU Review & Benchmarks: Gaming, Overclocking vs. 3700X, 3900X, More

Intel Core i7-10700K CPU Review & Benchmarks: Gaming, Overclocking vs. 3700X, 3900X, More

Here’s our review and benchmarks of the Intel i7-10700K CPU, with a focus on the 10700K vs. AMD Ryzen 7 3900X, 3700X, and Intel i5-10600K. Tests for thermals, overclocking, production, & more.

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This is our third installation of Intel 10-series (“10th Gen,” by Intel standards) of CPUs, now focusing on the Intel Core i7-10700K that we bought on launch of the processors. Our previous reviews include the Intel i9-10900K, i5-10600K, and benchmarks of the i5-10600K with additional tuning to show how high performance can go (within reason). For this one, the most apt price comparison for the Intel i7-10700K would be the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (at similar pricing) and AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (at cheaper pricing), or the Intel i5-10600K from a gaming standpoint. The 10900K is primarily interesting as a show of the top-end of Intel’s desktop parts, of course, and so the 10700K ends up awkwardly in the middle of Intel’s lineup, while also providing middling performance. In our search for the best CPUs, we tested video editing (Adobe Premiere rendering), Blender Cycles rendering, Handbrake transcoding, V-Ray, compression & decompression, and gaming at 1080p and 1440p, alongside power and thermals.

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00:00 – Recapping 10600K, 10900K, & Pricing of 10700K

03:10 – Intel i7-10700K Temperatures & Core-to-Core Delta

04:13 – Intel i7-10700K Intel Boost Settings

05:00 – Single-Thread & All-Thread Boosting Behavior

06:03 – Three Kingdoms Campaign 10700K Gaming Benchmark

07:10 – Hitman 2 CPU Scaling for 10700K vs. 10600K, 3900X, etc

07:45 – F1 2019 1080p & 1440p CPU Gaming Benchmarks

09:27 – The Division 2 CPU Benchmarks & GPU Bind

10:35 – Shadow of the Tomb Raider CPU Benchmark

12:18 – Red Dead Redemption 2 CPU Benchmark (2020)

13:09 – GTA V CPU Benchmarks

14:00 – Best CPUs for Blender Cycles 3D Rendering (Benchmarks)

16:15 – Adobe Premiere Rendering CPU Benchmarks

16:56 – 7-Zip Compression & Decompression CPU Benchmarks

18:52 – Code Compile CPU Benchmark (Chromium)

19:38 – Handbrake Transcoding CPU Benchmarks

20:07 – Chaos Group V-Ray CPU Benchmarks

20:44 – Intel i7-10700K Power Consumption

21:25 – Conclusion of if Intel i7-10700K is Worth It

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