IntelBX80684I59600K
Intel

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

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4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.3 GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 106,234 user samples
68,198 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 79% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 79% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1184
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
38,036 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 59% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 41% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 1 GHz (avg)
Poor: 41% Great: 59%
SPEED RANK: 241st / 1184
Gaming
Gaming 53%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
92.6 % Much faster effective speed.
+75%
52.9 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+52%
90.3 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
271 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+53%
177 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
528 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+61%
328 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
750 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+124%
335 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
753 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+124%
336 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+58%
97.8 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
309 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+59%
194 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
610 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+65%
370 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
889 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+143%
366 Pts
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
884 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+140%
368 Pts
Market Share
Based on 21,082,355 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.9 % Hugely higher market share.
+275%
0.24 %
Value
Value For Money
96.5 % Much better value.
+40%
69.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
156 % Hugely more popular.
+136%
66 %
Price
Price (score)
$240 $105 Much cheaper.
+56%
Age
Newest
12 Months Hugely more recent.
+83%
70+ Months
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q1'11
Cache
Cache
9 MB SmartCache 6 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Lithography
Lithography
14 nm 32 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$262.00 - $263.00 N/A
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
8 GT/s DMI3 5 GT/s DMI
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
64 GB 32 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-2666 DDR3 1066/1333
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
41.6 GB/s 21 GB/s
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® UHD Graphics 630 Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency
Graphics Base Frequency
350 MHz 850 MHz
# of Displays Supported
# of Displays Supported ‡
3 2
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.15 GHz 1.1 GHz
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
3.0 2.0

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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 ($30+). 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 Heavy workstation users the Ryzen 3000 series offers great 64-core performance at a very competitive price. For example the overclocked Ryzen 3600 is approximately 13% worse for gaming and desktop (sub octa-core tasks) but it is 27% faster for 64-core processing. 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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