It's been less than a year since Intel released their 7th gen 7700K CPU and already we are seeing the new 8700K in stores. This review features a simple unboxing & runs through some of the performance benefits. I hope to provide tests in the future which reveal improvements in the thermal design as I've experienced some pretty high temps
with it's predecessor in the past.
Differences between the 7th Gen
What are the main differences between the 8700K & the 7700K?
Turbo speed increased from 4.5GHz to 4.7GHz.
2 Additional Cores.
4 Additional threads.
Slightly lower wattage (0.1w).
Slightly faster Quad Core speed (+10%).
Much faster multi-core speed (+53%).
Is it compatible?
The new 8th Gen 8700K sits on the same LGA1151 socket as the 7700K. It will fit any LGA1151 socket Motherboard with ease, but sadly it won't work on all LGA1151 Motherboards. While the shape is the same, the internal architecture appears to have changed & at this time no vendor has announced any plans for a BIOS update to make it compatible, like they did during the 7th Gen roll out. Currently you need a Z370 Motherboard which thankfully are now readily available. It does make me wonder though, why didn't they just change the socket shape then?
The box is identical in size to the previous generation, with a slightly darker design. They have also finally added thicker carboard so the CPU doesn't get pushed inside the box easily.