IntelBX80684I59600K
IntelBX80684I78086K

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

6 Cores, 12 Threads @4.00 GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date ≈ Q2 2018.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 30,149 user samples
17,509 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 120% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 93% Base clock 0.8 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 93% Great: 120%
SPEED RANK: 24th / 1146
Gaming
Gaming 105%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 101%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 76%
Battleship
12,640 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 126% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 5.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 95% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 1.9 GHz (avg)
Poor: 95% Great: 126%
SPEED RANK: 15th / 1146
Gaming
Gaming 111%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 108%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 97%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
105 % 111 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+5%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
138 Pts 142 Pts +3%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
532 Pts 536 Pts +1%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
766 Pts 1100 Pts Much faster multi-core speed.
+44%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
156 Pts 160 Pts +3%
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
610 Pts 624 Pts +2%
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
886 Pts 1263 Pts Much faster OC multi-core speed.
+43%
Market Share
Based on 14,839,181 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.18 % Hugely higher market share.
+556%
0.18 %
Value
Value For Money
109 % Better value.
+18%
92.4 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
65 % +2% 64 %
Price
Price (score)
$260 Much cheaper.
+45%
$470
Age
Newest
4 Months Much more recent.
+50%
8+ Months
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
150 Pts 155 Pts +3%
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
162 Pts 165 Pts +2%
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
585 Pts 609 Pts +4%
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
648 Pts +1% 643 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
842 Pts 1160 Pts Much faster multi-core int speed.
+38%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
956 Pts 1353 Pts Much faster multi-core fp speed.
+42%
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q2'18
Cache
Cache
9 MB SmartCache 12 MB SmartCache
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$262.00 - $263.00 N/A
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.15 GHz 1.20 GHz
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Yes No

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The hex-core i5-9600K is third in the latest line-up of Intel’s 9th generation of unlocked CPUs based on their refreshed Coffee Lake 14nm architecture. This round of releases also includes the 8 core, 8 thread i7-9700K and the flagship 8 core, 16 thread i9-9900K, out of which the 9600K at USD $280 is the value leader. The 9600K supersedes last year’s similarly priced 6 core 8600K and out of the box operates at higher clocks: base 3.7 GHz vs 3.6 GHz, all core 4.3 GHz vs 4.1 GHz and single 4.6 GHz vs 4.3 GHz. The 9600K has a TDP of 95W and will require a large cooler to match. The new Z390 or last years Z370 chipset with a BIOS update are both supported. Intensive multi-threaded task masters would do better to spend a similar amount on the Ryzen 7 2700X, where an extra USD $10 buys 2 more cores and 10 more threads resulting in multi-core benchmarks 70% higher than for the 9600K. However, for the vast majority of users that undertake up to quad-core workloads, the 9600K offers very reasonable bang for your buck, and when fully overclocked, almost second to none performance for gamers. [Oct '18 CPUPro]

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Intel are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their x86 architecture and 8086 processor with the launch of their high-end i7-8086K. Just 50,000 units of this hex core, twelve threaded Coffee Lake processor have been made available globally. Exactly like the i7-8700K, the 8086K features 12MB of smart (L3) cache, 2 channels of DDR4 RAM and has a TDP of 95W. Essentially, the 8086K is Intel’s current Coffee Lake flagship, the i7-8700K, with a single-core turbo frequency factory overclocked by 300 MHz. Thermals permitting, out of the box, the i7-8086K achieves a single core boost speed of 5.0 GHz – which is a new record for Intel. That said, you would be unlucky if you were unable to achieve a 5.0 GHz single core OC with an 8700K. For everything other than single core, the turbo clock speeds on the 8086K exactly match the 8700K which puts the 8086K firmly into gimmick territory. Directly comparing the 8086K and 8700K shows that for a $100 (24%) price premium you get around a 5% performance improvement which drops to around 2% when both chips are overclocked. If the price gap between the 8086K and the 8700K were to fall to less than 20 USD it may be worth considering the 8086K. [Jun '18 CPUPro]

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