Editors Liked

  • Two more cores than previous top Coffee Lake CPU
  • Performance in both single- and multi-threaded workloads
  • Works on existing LGA1151 platform, even with Z370 motherboards
  • Supports up to 128 GB memory
  • 5GHz peak one-core clock for single-threaded apps

Editors Didn't Like

  • Creates new, costlier price tier above former Core i7 flagship CPUs
  • Power consumption under heavy load
  • Only small gaming performance improvements
  • Lacks stock cooler