Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition CPU Review

Game Testing


3DMark – Fire Strike

“Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today”

3DMark’s Firestrike shows good performance, pretty close to the same numbers as the 8700K.

3DMark – Time Spy

“3Dmark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spay is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built “the right way” from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.”

Timespy is again just behind but very very close again.

Grand Theft Auto: V

“When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber, and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.”

GTA: V comes in at an average of 172 FPS, a bit behind the 8700K.

Metro: Last Light

“It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above.”

Developed by 4A Games and published by Deepsilver, Metro: Last Light uses the 4A game engine. At its highest settings, the 4A game engine is capable of bringing all but the most extreme gaming systems to their knees.

Metro: Last Light again comes in a hair slower at 117 FPS average.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.

Tomb Raider is very close, but thanks to rounding, we are able to go up to 223 FPS.

iGPU Testing

With the release of Coffee Lake-S, Intel updates its long-running HD series graphics solution to Ultra HD on the UHD 630 Graphics Technology. The changes from the last generation are minimal and really only extend to the name.

As you can maybe see, you still won’t be playing demanding 3D games with the integrated GPU. Lighter weight games, like several popular E-sports games, should play fine on lower settings though.

Tasks like video editing, streaming video and video chat, as well as photo editing can be performed with the integrated GPU just fine with great results.

The integrated GPU is the same Intel UHD Graphics 630 that is in the 8700K.

The PCM 8 Creative score is 4 points higher than the 8700K, well within the margin of error.

Firestrike comes in at 1372, about 150 points higher than the 8700K.

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