Intel Core i7-9700K Performance Results Reportedly Leak

Credit:  El Chapuzas InformáticoCredit: El Chapuzas Informático

Spanish media outlet El Chapuzas Informático today published a review of the upcoming Intel Core i7-9700K octa-core processor detailing reported performance results. The review is a first of its kind and should be taking with a grain of salt as it it was published before Intel has even announced an official release date for the new CPU.

El Chapuzas Informático looks to confirm what we expected all along. Its Intel Core i7-9700K is an eight-core processor that lacks Hyper-threading capabilities. The chip is clocked at a modest 3.6GHz base clock, but it's capable of boosting to 4.9GHz on a single core or 4.6GHz on all cores. It also has 12MB of L3 cache, 16 PCIe lanes, Intel HD Graphics 630 and a 95W TDP (thermal design profile). The Core i7-9700K comes with support for the typical mix of instructions set, such as MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EMT64, VT-x, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3 and TSX. So no surprises there.

The Spanish media paired the Intel Core i7-9700K processor with an unreleased Z390 motherboard (probably an Asus or MSI, judging by the color and design of the VRM heatsinks and rear I/O cover), a pair of G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 modules at 3,600MHz and an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Z graphics card.

Credit: El Chapuzas InformáticoCredit: El Chapuzas Informático

As tradition dictates, El Chapuzas Informático began its review with a mix of synthetic benchmarks. The Core i7-9700K came out on top on wPrime's single-threaded test, beating Intel's own i7-8700K and AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X. However, it fell behind the Core i7-8700K and Ryzen 7 2700X in wPrime's muli-thread test. As a matter of fact, the Core i7-9700K was no match for the Ryzen 7 2700X or even Ryzen 7 1700X in Cinebench 15 or  AIDA64's memory test. The processor did manage to edge out the Ryzen 7 2700X in the x264 benchmark; however, the difference was small and within the margin of error. So, it could have been a fluke. 

The Core i7-9700K topped the synthetic graphics benchmarks and real world gaming charts as expected. But to be fair, the Core i7-9700K was only marginally faster than the i7-8700K in gaming; however, it was likely bottlenecked by its 1070 graphics card. El Chapuzas Informático got its sample to 5GHz on all eight cores by bumping the voltage up to 1.4V. Unfortunately, the Spanish media failed to mention if the processor was completely stable.

Don't forget to follow Tom's Hardware over the coming weeks for our official review of the processor, which is rumored to debut in October. 

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  • btmedic04
    Just buy it?
  • bit_user
    Are there any signs indicating whether this is an engineering sample? It seems rather early for a review sample, though seems to perform better than most engineering samples.

    I also wonder whether they used a ring bus or the mesh interconnect from Skylake-SP. I'm betting it's a ring.
  • AlistairAB
    These new CPU's are a bust without a price drop. I prefer my 8086k/8700k thank you. The only problem with the 8700k was the price. If this 9700k is the same price, it's pretty boring.