IntelBX80684I59600K
AMD100-100000065BOX

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.7GHz, Zen3.
Release date: Q4 2020.

CSGO
Dust 2 1080p Max
280 EFps 310 EFps Better CSGO EFps.
+11%
GTAV
Franklin & Lamar 1080p Max
110 EFps Slightly Better GTAV EFps.
+9%
101 EFps
Overwatch
Temple of Anubis 1080p Max
138 EFps +3% 134 EFps
PUBG
M249 Training 1080p Max
135 EFps +3% 131 EFps
Fortnite
UserBenchmark Island 1080p Max
133 EFps Better Fortnite EFps.
+11%
120 EFps
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 218,451 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%
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Desktop
Desktop 95%
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Workstation
Workstation 79%
Battleship
10,242 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 85% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.65 GHz (avg)
Poor: 85% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 96%
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Desktop
Desktop 99%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 91%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
94.5 % 96.4 % +2%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
92.1 Pts Slightly lower memory latency.
+5%
87.6 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
135 Pts 155 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+15%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
268 Pts 306 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+14%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
524 Pts 565 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+8%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
751 Pts 930 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+24%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
97 Pts +2% 95 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
154 Pts 162 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+5%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
306 Pts 321 Pts +5%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
610 Pts 633 Pts +4%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
886 Pts 998 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+13%
Market Share
Based on 36,361,658 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.45 % 1.48 % +2%
Value
Value For Money
105 % Better value.
+24%
84.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
219 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
203 %
Price
Price (score)
$193 Much cheaper.
+57%
$449
Age
Newest
25 Months 0 Months Hugely more recent.
+100%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
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 3.7 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz 4.6 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
889 Pts 1297 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+46%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
756 Pts 1203 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+59%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen3
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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The Ryzen 5 5600X is both the entry-level and best value for money 5000 series CPU. The 5600X is a hex-core 12 thread processor with a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz boosting to 4.6 GHz. It has 35 MB of cache and a TDP rating of 65W. A cooler is included in the RRP of $300 USD, but cheap after-market coolers (such as the $20 GAMMAXX 400) are far more effective and therefore worth the upgrade. Notably, AMD’s new Zen 3 architecture has vastly improved single-core performance and lower memory latency, which leads to a significant Effective Speed advantage over its predecessor, the 3600X. Last year, AMD’s marketers secured significant sales of the 3000 series CPUs despite a 15% performance deficit against lower priced Intel parts. The games, specific scenes, software/hardware settings and choice of competing hardware were often cherry picked, undisclosed, and inconsistent from one product to the next. Now that AMD have actually achieved both top tier performance and market share, their marketing machinery is focused on price hikes. Users that do not wish to pay a marketing premium should investigate Intel’s $190 USD i5-9600K, which, when paired with a 2060 Super, delivers higher EFps in four out of five of today’s most popular games. Allocating the savings to a higher tier GPU will result in an unquestionably superior gaming PC. [Nov '20 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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