Intel Core i7-8700K vs Intel Xeon E5-2696 v3

Compare Intel 8th Generation Core i7 6 core CPU vs Intel 18 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

52 %
65 %
25% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

71 %
36% slightly better gaming score
52 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

45 %
71 %
57% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

44 %
76 %
72% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

71% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

39% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units

200% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

200% significantly more threads


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

95 W
52% significantly lower TDP
145 W

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

189th of 1,219
94th of 1,219


The product line

8th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

November 2017

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i7-8700K vs Xeon E5-2696 v3 benchmarks

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Xeon E5-2696 v3 is faster than the Core i7-8700K. Despite this, the Core i7-8700K has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

With info from our database, we find that the Xeon E5-2696 v3 has significantly more cores with 18 cores whereas the Core i7-8700K has 6 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i7-8700K. A Core i7-8700K CPU outputs less heat than a Xeon E5-2696 v3 CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i7-8700K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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