IntelBX80684I59600K
IntelBX80684I59400F

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

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6 Cores, 6 Threads @2.9GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q1 2019.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 78,641 user samples
54,985 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 79% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.7 GHz (avg)
Poor: 79% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 1182
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
23,656 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 73% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Poor: 73% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 44th / 1182
Gaming
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
92.8 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+14%
81.6 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+14%
120 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
272 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+14%
238 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
530 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+14%
465 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
750 Pts Slightly faster octa-core speed.
+13%
665 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
758 Pts Slightly faster 64-core speed.
+13%
669 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+23%
126 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
310 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+24%
249 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
612 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+25%
490 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
894 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+25%
714 Pts
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
888 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+24%
716 Pts
Market Share
Based on 20,342,940 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.03 % 1.05 % +2%
Value
Value For Money
98.4 % 98.6 % +0%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
150 % 158 % Slightly more popular.
+5%
Price
Price (score)
$225 $140 Much cheaper.
+38%
Age
Newest
11 Months 7 Months Much more recent.
+36%
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 6 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz Faster base frequency.
+28%
2.9 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+12%
4.1 GHz
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q1'19
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015D (130W) PCG 2015C (65W)
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
64 GB 128 GB
TSX-NI
Intel® TSX-NI
Yes No
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Yes No
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No

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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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Intel’s Core i5-9400F is a hex-core 9th generation Coffee Lake desktop processor. It features base / boost clocks of 2.9 / 4.1 GHz, 9 MB of cache, a 65W TDP and it ships with a cooler but it does not have integrated graphics like the “non-F” variants. Although the 9400F is compatible with the enthusiast grade Z390 chipset it is normally paired with a better value for money B360 motherboard. At its launch the i5-9400F retailed for $180 but prices have dropped to a point that it now represents an excellent value proposition to gamers. Comparing the i5-9400F to the Ryzen 3600 shows that the 3600 is 8% better for quad-core processing but it costs 40% ($50) more than the 9400F. Ordinarily higher quad-core performance would result in better gaming but the Ryzen 3000 memory controller, although significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations, still has limited bandwidth and high latency. Gamers can invest the $50 savings in a better GPU, for example by upgrading from an AMD RX 570 to an RX 580. Since the GPU makes the most difference to gaming, the end result is a system which offers far superior real world gaming performance for similar money. For those gamers who demand the best of the best, it is necessary to jump to one of the higher frequency SKUs such as the 9600K but for everyone else the i5-9400F offers unparalleled value. [Aug '19 CPUPro]

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