The Intel Core i7 10700 8-core CPU is the locked variant of the 10700K with reduced clock speeds. While the Intel i7 10700 has a 1 GHz less base clock, it only has 100MHz less all-core turbo speeds than the overclockable variant. Being an i7 series processor, the Core i7 10700 supports Turbo Boost Max technology at 4.8Ghz for its two-best cores maximizing the processor’s performance for single and multi-threaded workloads despite being a locked variant.
The Intel Core i7-10700 performs admirably in gaming as it hits FPS numbers close to the Intel Core i9 10900K which has higher clock speeds, two more cores, and is overclockable, and is priced almost double the Core i7 10700. Intel has managed to balance compromises in terms of performance and pricing on the i7 10700 which makes it still a viable processor despite being a generation old considering how it can keep up even with the Nvidia RTX 3070. However, as seen in our benchmarks, for more efficient productivity, you may be better off with the 10900K. Although it’s worth mentioning that it still gets the job done, especially if you rarely do video editing here and there – it’s a processor that’s still intended for gaming.
All in all, the Intel Core i7 10700 is a solid option for gamers who don’t want but to spend much on a CPU but desires a no-frills, plug-and-play processor that maximizes gaming performance without the need to worry about thermals. Despite being launched last 2020, the Intel Core i7 10700 has no problem in keeping up with the latest graphics card, not to mention the different render resolutions. Yes, the price tag is an arguably steep price to pay for a last-gen processor, but the i7 10700 offers some savings as you don’t need a third-party cooler nor a VRM-heavy motherboard to run it.