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Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-9700 8-Core 3.0GHz Core i7-8700 6-Core 3.2GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 33% 31%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50% 49%
Halo: Reach 72% 72%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 26% 24%
Cyberpunk 2077 43% 42%
Borderlands 3 33% 31%
FIFA 20 52% 51%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 33% 31%
eFootball PES 2020 45% 44%
Detroit: Become Human 43% 41%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-9700 8-Core 3.0GHz is very slightly better than the Intel Core i7-8700 6-Core 3.2GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Core i7-9700 8-Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i7-8700 6-Core, and so the Core i7-9700 8-Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i7-9700 8-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i7-8700 6-Core. 8 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Core i7-8700 6-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Core i7-9700 8-Core, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Core i7-8700 6-Core has 4 more threads than the Core i7-9700 8-Core. The Core i7-9700 8-Core has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-8700 6-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i7-9700 8-Core and Core i7-8700 6-Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i7-8700 6-Core has a 0.2 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Core i7-9700 8-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-8700 6-Core, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Core i7-9700 8-Core wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

Both the Core i7-9700 8-Core and the Core i7-8700 6-Core have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake RCoffee Lake
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Apr 201905 Oct 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs6
CPU Threads8vs12
Clock Speed3 GHzvs3.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.7 GHzvs4.6 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i7-9700 8-Core 3.0GHz is a mid to high-end CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 4.7GHz using 8 cores with Turbo Boost. The i7-9900 has 12MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 128GB DDR-2666 MHz memory and utilises Intel UHD Graphics 630 onboard graphics. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, and Virtualization are activated, although this processor does not have its multiplier unlocked. This Core i7-9700 CPU offers fast gaming performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on ultra graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.The Core i7-8700 6-Core 3.2GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm Coffee Lake micro architecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 4.3GHz using 6 cores with Turbo Boost, or up to 4.6GHz boost clock on a single core. The i7-8700 has 12MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated. This processor does not have multiplier unlocked. Therefore, you cannot overclock the Core i7-8700. This Core i7-8700 CPU offers excellent gaming performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on high/ultra graphics performance without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.

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