Real World Speed
Performance profile from 282,385 user samples
282,385 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 103% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 83% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 1.05 GHz (avg)
Poor: 83% Great: 103%
SPEED RANK: 42nd / 1316
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 79%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
94 % 95.2 % +1%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
91.4 Pts Slightly lower memory latency.
+6%
86.3 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
135 Pts 150 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+11%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
267 Pts 295 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+10%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
522 Pts 559 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+7%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
746 Pts 942 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+26%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
96.7 Pts +3% 93.6 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
153 Pts 158 Pts +3%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
303 Pts 314 Pts +3%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
600 Pts 613 Pts +2%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
881 Pts 1044 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+19%
Market Share
Based on 45,115,905 CPUs tested.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
87 % 93.8 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.98 % 1.54 % Much higher market share.
+57%
Price
Price (score)
$202 Much cheaper.
+36%
275 USD
Value
Value For Money
103 % Slightly better value.
+7%
96.1 %
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 91.7 Watts +4%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6.67 cores Higher core count.
+11%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 13.3 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+122%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 11.7 nm Newer manufacturing.
+20%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz +5% 3.53 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz 4.63 GHz +1%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
876 Pts 1,349 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+54%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
752 Pts 1,259 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+67%
Age
Newest
33 Months 12.7 Months Hugely more recent.
+161%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake   —
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151   —
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630   —
ADVERTISEMENT

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]

MORE DETAILS

Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 2021 CPU Rankings.

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]

ADVERTISEMENT

Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
How Fast Is Your CPU? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - SkillBench (space shooter) tests user input accuracy.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build.
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-11700K $394Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $183
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $34Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
Today's hottest deals
About  •  User Guide  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer  •  YouTube Feedback