IntelBX80684I59600K
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Real World Speed
Performance profile from 247,125 user samples
148,027 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 86% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.05 GHz (avg)
Poor: 86% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 18th / 1254
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Aircraft carrier
99,098 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 66% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 66% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 195th / 1254
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
95.4 % Faster effective speed.
+26%
75.4 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
92.8 Pts Lower memory latency.
+23%
75.2 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+26%
108 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
270 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+28%
211 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
530 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+30%
407 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
759 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+12%
678 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
97.2 Pts Lower OC memory latency.
+18%
82.3 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+31%
118 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
308 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+31%
235 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
609 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+32%
460 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
887 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+15%
770 Pts
Market Share
Based on 30,428,816 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.35 % Hugely higher market share.
+366%
0.29 %
Value
Value For Money
105 % Better value.
+27%
82.6 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
211 % Hugely more popular.
+82%
116 %
Price
Price (score)
$195 +3% $200
Age
Newest
20 Months Much more recent.
+47%
38 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz +3% 3.6 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+15%
4 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
893 Pts 985 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+10%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
766 Pts 884 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
+15%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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The hex-core i5-9600K is third in Intel’s line-up of 9th generation Coffee Lake CPUs. It has a TDP of 95W and requires an aftermarket cooler (such as the $20 GAMMAXX 400). The 9600K was designed to be overclocked. Once this is enabled in the BIOS (requires a Z-series motherbaord), the 9600K runs 10% faster. In terms of performance, the i5-9600K is almost unbeatable for desktop users and it has sufficient multi-core performance to handle all but the most demanding workstation tasks. For CPU encoding (Cinebench, Blender, Handbrake etc.) the Ryzen 3000 series offers great 64-core performance. For example the overclocked Ryzen 3600 is approximately 13% worse for gaming, desktop and normal consumer workloads but it is 27% faster for 64-core processing. CPU encoding is akin to using hair clippers on a lawn, encoding tasks are far better performed by dedicated hardware such an NVENC or QuickSync. At stock clocks the i5-9600K is around 8% slower than Intel’s flagship i9-9900K but when both are overclocked, the 9600K closes the gaming gap to within two or three percent. Considering that the 9900K is the fastest gaming processor available, and almost twice the price of the 9600K, this is no small feat. The i5-9600K is aimed squarely at gamers who are not willing to compromise on performance but don't want to pay more than they need to. [Oct '18 CPUPro]

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The Ryzen 5 1600X is the flagship processor from AMD's latest generation of Ryzen 5 processors which feature the Zen architecture. Following on from last month's release of the Ryzen 7 series, the Ryzen 5 series is positioned as a less expensive mid-performance alternative to Intel's i5 mainstream offerings. Once again, AMD excels in multi-core technology. Like the Ryzen 5 1600, the 1600X features 6 cores and 12 threads, but has roughly 11% higher clock speeds (out of the box) for a 14% premium. Like all Ryzen CPUs the 1600X is unlocked. The 1600X is the only Ryzen 5 CPU with a TDP of 95W, the 1600, 1500X and 1400 all have 50% lower power consumption of 65W. Due to its high thread count, UserBenchmarks show that at stock clocks the 1600X outperforms the i7-7700k on multi-threaded tasks by 23%, but it lags behind by 23% for single and 14% for quad-core performance. The 1600X is priced keenly at $249 so a more appropriate CPU comparison is the i5-7600k where the 1600X wins on stock multi-core by a whopping 81%. The 1600X does represent great value for workstation users that also game but its $30 cheaper sibling, the 1600 (non x version), which includes a cooler and has great overclocking potential out of the box is arguably the the value king in this segment. [Apr '17 CPUPro]

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We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical users. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]

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