It appears that the first third-party gaming benchmarks have been leaked online. While Intel has not lifted yet the embargo for the third-party benchmarks, Expreview has hit the ‘Publish’ button sooner than anticipated. Expreview has taked its article down, however the benchmarks have already been leaked and can be found below.
Expreview has tested Intel’s latest CPU with both default and overclock frequencies. And while the team claimed that the i7 8700K can offer up to 25% performance increase over the i7 7700K, the real results are not that great.
On default clocks, the i7 8700K is 1-2% faster than the i7 7700K in 5 modern games and two 3DMark tests. When clocked at 4.5Ghz, the i7 8700K is 7% faster than the i7 7700K in the very same benchmarks/tests.
As we can see, and while there is a noticeable performance boost in games like The Witcher 3 and HITMAN, the new CPU appears to be performing similar to the i7 7700K in some other games like The Division and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
There is a high probability that The Division is GPU limited in Expreview’s tests. After all, this is what the results suggest as there is no performance difference at all between an overclocked and a stock i7 8700K. On the other hand, the Rise of the Tomb Raider results are a bit awkward.
But anyway, until we get our hands on 720p tests (that eliminate any GPU limitation) we can’t be certain about these results. Still, they can give you an small idea of the performance that you can expect from Intel’s new CPU. Our guess is that the gap between the i7 8700K and the i7 7700K in games that are not scaling ideally on multiple CPU cores/threads will not be that great. On the other hand, games that favour a lot of CPU cores/threads will, most probably, see a noticeable performance increase.
Stay tuned for more!