Average Bench: 90.8% (25th of 1203)

Based on 144,464 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EA Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8600K CPU @ 3.60GHz

The unlocked hex-core i5-8600K from Intel’s latest Coffee Lake generation of processors is the new flagship of the i5 series, succeeding the Kaby Lake quad-core i5-7600K. The 8th generation of processors brings the largest performance uplift since Sandy Bridge by adding more cores at each of the i3, i5 and i7 product lines. Like the other Coffee Lake processors, the i5-8600K is built upon optimized 14nm architecture, marginally improved upon from Kaby Lake and Skylake. The 8600K has a 95W TDP and a nominal stock clock of 3.6 GHz, which boosts to 4.1 GHz for all six cores, 4.2 GHz for dual/quad and 4.3 GHz for single core. Early benchmarks put the i5-8600K’s effective speed 15% ahead of the i5-7600K. A 50% increase in multi-core speed is explained by two additional cores and thanks to the quad-core clock bump from 4 GHz on the 7600K to 4.2 GHz on the 8600K there is also an additional 5% performance boost across all workloads. All Coffee Lake processors require a 300-series chipset, making a straight CPU upgrade unfeasible despite sharing the same socket as their Z270 predecessors. Even though most games still use less than 4 cores simultaneously, the i5-8600K is a great choice for gamers (especially streamers) but for $80 less, the 8350K which is faster than last years 7600K and only marginally weaker for gaming than the 8600K is certainly well worth considering as well. [Oct '17 CPUPro]

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Poor: 80%Average: 90.8% Great: 106%
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-8600K averaged just 9.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-8600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 132Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 262Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8600K is 25.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-8600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 733Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 724Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 144,464 samples)
Min Avg Max
117 1-Core 132 153
236 2-Core 262 305
92.8% 197 Pts
Min Avg Max
447 4-Core 513 601
593 8-Core 724 867
80.2% 618 Pts
Min Avg Max
611 64-Core 733 874
49.2% 733 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 152
2-Core 303
107% 228 Pts
4-Core 603
8-Core 851
94% 727 Pts
64-Core 865
58% 865 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
1-Core 151
2-Core 304
107% 228 Pts
4-Core 590
8-Core 801
91% 696 Pts
64-Core 795
53% 795 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 131
2-Core 261
92% 196 Pts
4-Core 515
8-Core 745
81% 630 Pts
64-Core 745
50% 745 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $260 @ launch in Oct '17
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Workstation 59%
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Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $119

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $762

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-8600K Processor (9M Cache, up to 4.30 GHz)
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch DateQ4'17
Processor Numberi5-8600K
# of Cores6
# of Threads6
Cache9 MB
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.60 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.30 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP95 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C (130W)

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.15 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2666
Memory Channels2
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechNo
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NIYes
vPro TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes

 Comments

8th generation Coffee Lake processor...

Added 2 years ago.

Excellent

2 days ago.

BETTER THAN AN i9-9900 K LOVE THIS PC. ROBLOX 120 FPS. MOM CAN U SEE THIS


Good

11 days ago.

Fast, but crashes at least once a week @5.1Ghz crashes never on 4.9Ghz


Poor

2 months ago.

NEW MOTHERBOARDS FOR THIS CPU ARE SO EXPENSIVE


Excellent

13 days ago.

I think that it is really strong however it’s a bit overprised


Terrible

4 months ago.

Stronger in some gaming sutations than an I7 8700k!


Excellent

2 months ago.

best cpu is you get it msrp price , good cpu for gaming and multitasking with no problem , beast and rendering videos , btw i oc my cpu to 4.7ghz , for me i think it is sweet spot both in performence and quiet


Terrible

3 months ago.

Great CPU, was able to overclock to 4.6ghz with air cooling


Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

This WOULD be in my build if it was in stock and cheaper.


Excellent

16 months ago.

Love my new set up. Intel i5 8600K Enermax ETS-N31 Cpu cooler G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 V 16GB 3200MHZ MSI z370 sli plus Palit GTX 1080 8GB Dual OC HYDRO G 750W Modular PSU


Average

4 months ago.

Ehhhh


Good

13 months ago.

Price could be better, but it's still a very decent option, even for people on a tight budget.


Poor

19 months ago.

Bad value especially compared to what you can get on Ryzen


Good

5 months ago.

This is very good proccesor. But not cheape in Finland


Terrible

4 months ago.

Terrible for the money, gimped processor with no hyperthreading - only 6 threads. The 3600 (and 3600X) has 12 threads, for less, and performs better at just about everything.


Good

13 months ago.

while there is i7 8700 this is not good


Excellent

10 months ago.

Cheap and right behind the 8700k


Excellent

20 months ago.

Awesome cpu with future possible upgrade to king 8700k. But 8600k is just better for value of money.


Good

22 months ago.

best performance for less expensive than other the best choice actually


Excellent

7 months ago.

Great Value


Excellent

22 months ago.

Such power for that price, I love it!


Excellent

11 months ago.

Got mine for half the MSRP and OverClocked it to 5GHZ. got my money's worth


Excellent

22 months ago.

Aircooled 5.2GHz OC @ 1.4v with NH-D15


Excellent

22 months ago.

REALLY GOOD FOR GAMING!!!


Excellent

20 months ago.

Rly nice


Excellent

14 months ago.

Beating even some Extreme hexa core i7's


Excellent

23 months ago.

The Intel i5 8600K is a freaking monster! 4.8GHz @ 1.17v and it handles every game I throw at it with ease.


Excellent

22 months ago.

5kkz


Excellent

20 months ago.

perfecto for me gamero


Excellent

18 months ago.

outstanding value and performance


Excellent

12 months ago.

One of the best cpu's right now


Excellent

7 months ago.

Much better than a ryzen 7 2700x for gaming and matches the performance of 9900k with twice less the price of it imo the sweet spot gaming CPU for the next few years.


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