I’ve recently upgraded to a new Core i7 8700K processor. OK, not recently, I bought it about four months ago. I previously had a Core i5 3570K that was overclocked to 4.4 GHz and I had that for nearly five years. Unfortunately that older system just wasn’t keeping up with the demands that I had on my system. With the Core i7 8700K, even at stock boost speeds of 4.3 GHz, it’s miles ahead of what I had before. It positively smokes the 3570K in every single task that I have thrown at this new system. If this new system could talk it would tell me that it’s not even sweating whereas my older 3570K-based system would have been breathing heavily.
With that said, the Intel Core i7 8700K represents the best damn processor Intel has come out with in the last six years. What more could you want? It’s got six cores and twelve threads, more computing power than most users would ever need. But I have to hand it to AMD though, without AMD Ryzen nipping at Intel’s heels I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that the 8700K would have been just another four core, eight thread processor; same as the old. It’s funny, now that we have competition in the processor space with AMD back in the headlines, PC sales have shown some actual growth. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be because there’s some actual improvements with actual new processors from Intel and not just the same warmed over crap that they’ve been shoveling our way for the last eight years? Yeah… I think so.
I love my new 8700K based system, it positively kicks ass in every way and chews through every computing task that I can hand this thing with ease. Thank you Intel, thank you for actually getting off your butts and putting out something that was worthwhile to upgrade to.