Intel Core i9 9900X vs i7 8700K

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3.5 GHz Intel Core i9 9900X with 10-cores against the 3.7 GHz i7 8700K with 6-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 8700K and 9900X
Advantages of Intel Core i9 9900X
  • Supports quad-channel memory
  • Has 4 more physical cores
  • Has 8 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Newer - released 1-year later
Advantages of Intel Core i7 8700K
  • Consumes up to 42% less energy than the Core i9 9900X – 95 vs 165 Watt
  • Includes an integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • More than 8° C higher critical temperature
  • 7% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.7 GHz vs 4.4 GHz)

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
13916
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
21689
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
10729
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Intel Core i9 9900X and i7 8700K

General

Vendor Intel Intel
Released October 8, 2018 October 5, 2017
Type Desktop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Skylake Coffee Lake
Model number i9-9900X i7-8700K
Socket LGA-2066 LGA-1151
Integrated GPU No UHD Graphics 630

Performance

Cores 10 6
Threads 20 12
Base Frequency 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.4 GHz 4.7 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 35x 37x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s 8 GT/s
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 1MB (per core) 256K (per core)
L3 Cache 20MB (shared) 12MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes

Power

Fabrication process 14 nm 14 nm
TDP 165 W 95 W
Max. temperature 92°C 100°C

iGPU

Integrated Graphics - Intel UHD Graphics 630
GPU Base Clock - 350 MHz
GPU Boost Clock - 1200 MHz
Shading Units - 192
TMUs - 24
ROPs - 3
Execution Units - 24
TGP - 15 W
Max. Resolution - 4096x2304 - 60 Hz
iGPU FLOPS
0.38 TFLOPS

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 4 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth - 41.6 GB/s
ECC Support No No

Misc

Official site Intel Core i9 9900X official page Intel Core i7 8700K official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 44 16
Extended instructions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2, AVX-512 SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2

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