IntelBX80684I59600K
AMD100-100000022BOX
CSGO
Dust 2 1080p Max
280 EFps Better CSGO EFps.
+20%
233 EFps
GTAV
Franklin & Lamar 1080p Max
110 EFps Slightly Better GTAV EFps.
+9%
101 EFps
Overwatch
Temple of Anubis 1080p Max
138 EFps Slightly Better Overwatch EFps.
+5%
131 EFps
PUBG
M249 Training 1080p Max
135 EFps Better PUBG EFps.
+13%
119 EFps
Fortnite
UserBenchmark Island 1080p Max
133 EFps +2% 131 EFps
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 378,801 user samples
208,209 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 83% Base clock 0.8 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 83% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 23rd / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 79%
Battleship
170,592 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 93% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 76% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 76% Great: 93%
SPEED RANK: 70th / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 85%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 81%
Aircraft carrier
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
94.5 % Faster effective speed.
+11%
85.5 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
92.1 Pts Lower memory latency.
+16%
79.3 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
135 Pts 135 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
268 Pts +1% 265 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
524 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+7%
492 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
751 Pts 820 Pts Slightly faster octa-core speed.
+9%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
97 Pts Lower OC memory latency.
+10%
88.1 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
154 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+8%
142 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
306 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+9%
282 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
610 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+12%
546 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
886 Pts 886 Pts
Market Share
Based on 36,268,840 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.27 % 1.53 % Higher market share.
+20%
Value
Value For Money
104 % Better value.
+18%
88.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
217 % Hugely more popular.
+82%
119 %
Price
Price (score)
$195 Cheaper.
+22%
$249
Age
Newest
25 Months 16 Months Much more recent.
+36%
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 7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+50%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz +5% 4.4 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
889 Pts 1138 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+28%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
756 Pts 1073 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+42%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen2
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 motherboard), 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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Early Q3 of 2019 sees the release of the new Ryzen 5 3600X: a hex-core, 12-thread processor. AMD are releasing five new CPUs based on their latest Zen 2 microarchitecture which delivers approximately 13% better IPC than the previous 12nm Zen+. For workstation builds the 3600X is viable, however, the $200 USD Ryzen 5 3600 represents a far better value proposition. The additional $40 USD for the 3600X basically buys a better cooler (Spire vs Stealth). This allows for an extra 200 MHz of extra base and boost clock: 3.8 / 4.4 GHz on the 3600X vs 3.6 / 4.2 GHz on the 3600, this translates to approximately 2% higher overclocked performance for 20% more money. Neither of the stock coolers on the 3600 or 3600X are as effective as a $20 USD aftermarket cooler such as the Gammaxx 400. The 3600 with a Gammaxx 400 outperforms the 3600X with a Spire cooler and when both use a Gammaxx 400 they are more or less identical. The 3600X SKU is basically a marketing gimmick designed to milk unsuspecting consumers. Comparing the 3600X to Intel’s overclocked flagship i5-9600K shows that although the 3600X has 29% faster 64-core speed, it is around 11% worse for gaming (sub eight core performance). Additionally, the 3600X's memory controller, although significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations, still has limited bandwidth and high latency which can also impact gaming. The arrival of Zen 2 marks the end of the "Sandy Bridge (i5-2500K)" era, Intel can no longer rely exclusively on their single-core advantage to dominate the market, they must also compete on price. [Jul '19 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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