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Pros: Speed binned I7-8700K. I'm running all cores OC'd at 5GHz with a modest voltage down with a Corsair Hydro H100i V2. I was planning to delid the CPU, but even before swapping the stock thermal compound of the Corsair cooler I'm running all cores under 78°C. With these results I thought to replace the stock thermal and call it a day, but I'll likely delid the CPU, just to get a couple more years out of it. Loving my results with this chip so far.
Cons: This rebranded chip is $75 to $100 more for a guaranteed 'lottery win' I7-8700K. Essentially, this chip will run a more stable OC than most I7-8700K. That said, there are plenty of reviews online that suggest that there were many non-speed binned I7-8700K's capable of the same thing. If you plan to OC you could always play the I7-8700K lottery, but for $75 more it was worth knowing the chip was OC ready, to me. HOWEVER, If you don't plan to OC this chip, then save yourself the extra cost. Only one core ships with boosted clocks and those clocks are minimal increases.
Overall Review: It's nice knowing you will get one of the better chips in the batch. I like the idea of having the option to pay a little more for a better binned part, and it would be interesting to see this trend become mainstream (with the obnoxious rebranding). What I don't love is that this chip was advertised as if its architecture was different - not the truth, which was that it was a speed binned I7-8700K. I don't really understand this, because as I said I would have been happy to have the opportunity to purchase a higher binned part either way as, I believe, many others would have been as well.
For me, I did my research first so I knew this was an I7-8700K with a modestly increased bin. I even knew that buying an I7-8700K was likely to give me the same results, but I wanted to make sure that my chip would give me the OC I was after. Still I think if I hadn't had this information up front I likely would have been upset. Bottom line, always do your research and know what you're buying. 'Hype' and 'Newest' are never good reasons to purchase a product.
Pros: - FAST
Cons: - none!
Overall Review: - i have it paired with a Strix z370-e motherboard and 16gb of corsair dominator platnium memory @ 3200mhz
- mine easily hit 5ghz with no problems!!!!
Pros: 5.3 ghz all cores ran stable for 24 straight hours bench marking stress testing. I am running it now at 5.2 to keep it a little cooler. This bumps up the performance of my Titan Xp too.
Cons: You can get to 5.0 on most 8700Ks coming out right now so the extra cabbage you spend is not the best value.
Overall Review: When I received the CPU originally it was opened and a finger print on the chip. Contacted NewEgg customer service immediately and got another one sent out. As far as NewEgg customer service goes 5 stars all the way.
Pros: My chip hits 5.0GHz at 1.232v, Stays at 68-70c with H100i.
Cons: Price over regular 8700k.
Overall Review: Best gaming chip there is.
Pros: all cores at 4.9GHz no problem using a Kraken 280mm cooler 5GHz is not worth the heat and sometimes unstable.
Pros: -Easier to overclock at 5Ghz, but I've managed to overclock at 5.1Ghz w/ 1.41V
-It's compatible with Z370 Motherboard
Cons: -Intel still puts cheap TIM (Thermal Interface Material) which performs worse when overclocking CPU which can result extremely high temperature around 80 degrees celsius
-Not a huge jump from i7 8700k to i7 8086k
-A bit pricey, compared to i7 8700k
Overall Review: Coming from i7 7700k, this was my first time using 6-core CPU, and I have got to say that game feels more responsive, less stuttering, frame rate was consistent, I can encode videos faster on Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and it was worth the upgrade in my opinion. When it comes down to overclocking, it's highly recommended to have proper delidding/relidding tool to remove IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader), and then apply Liquid Metal Paste on the die which I strongly recommend Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut which is a must! Be sure not to apply too much silicon sealant glue; simply put less silicon on each corner of the PCB, and then let the silicon recover for about 8-12 hours, and finally put decent thermal paste on top of IHS which I recommended for the following ceramic paste: Arctic Silver 5, Arctic MX-4, or Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. Note that you will need decent CPU Air Cooler or AIO to ensure maximum overclocking performance and stability which I recommend Noctua NH-D15 or better. All in all, I'm happy with the overclocking results, and it was well worth the upgrade. And of course, celebrate Intel's 40th anniversary!
Pros: - Lightning fast
- Easy to install
- Stays very cool with CM Hyper 212. Never hit above 50C at base speed.
- Runs anything I want it to. My GTX 1060 6GB is now a bottleneck instead of my cpu.
Cons: None! Buy it!
Overall Review: Doesn't come with the stock cooler. You shouldn't use the stock cooler with this cpu anyway.
Pros: Overclock easily to 5ghz @ 1.28v without a sweat
Cons: Not a lake and doesn't make me coffee. :(
Overall Review: Highly recommended.