IntelBX80684I59600K
Intel

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

  

4 Cores, 8 Threads @2.50 GHz, 45 W.
Release date ≈ Q1 2020.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 147,153 user samples
146,414 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 104% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 87% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 87% Great: 104%
SPEED RANK: 18th / 1256
Gaming
Gaming 96%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Aircraft carrier
739 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 91% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 62% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 1.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 62% Great: 91%
SPEED RANK: 124th / 1256
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
95.7 % Faster effective speed.
+19%
80.5 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
93.3 Pts Slightly lower memory latency.
+7%
87.1 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+13%
120 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
270 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
+18%
229 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
531 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+33%
400 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
760 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+28%
596 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
97.2 Pts +3% 94.3 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
153 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+13%
135 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
306 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+16%
263 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
609 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+24%
490 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
890 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+26%
706 Pts
Market Share
Based on 30,603,287 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.34 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,118%
0.11 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
216 % Hugely more popular.
+341%
49 %
Age
Newest
20 Months 5+ Months Much more recent.
+75%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
894 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+27%
706 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
766 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
+28%
598 Pts
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q2'20
Cache
Cache
9 MB SmartCache 8 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Max Turbo Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency
4.60 GHz 4.50 GHz
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
8 GT/s DMI3 8 GT/s
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
64 GB 128 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
41.6 GB/s 45.8 GB/s
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® UHD Graphics 630 Intel® UHD Graphics
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.15 GHz 1.05 GHz
Package Size
Package Size
37.5mm x 37.5mm 42mm x 28mm
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
3.0 3

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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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