Average Bench: 90.7% (102nd of 1385)

Based on 264,837 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 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]

Poor: 79%Average: 90.7% Great: 101%
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 74%
Battleship

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. Quad Core Speed 502Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 90.1Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8600K is 22.2%. 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 Speed 681Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 656Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 264,837 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.3 Memory 90.1 96.5
109 1-Core 129 151
225 2-Core 257 302
88.4% 159 Pts
Min Avg Max
425 4-Core 502 594
517 8-Core 656 798
73.8% 579 Pts
Min Avg Max
515 64-Core 681 828
42.1% 681 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 82
1-Core 146
2-Core 294
94% 174 Pts
4-Core 561
8-Core 725
82% 643 Pts
64-Core 669
41% 669 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.8
1-Core 128
2-Core 256
87% 157 Pts
4-Core 500
8-Core 690
75% 595 Pts
64-Core 651
40% 651 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.7
1-Core 128
2-Core 242
86% 153 Pts
4-Core 480
8-Core 671
72% 575 Pts
64-Core 600
37% 600 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.3
1-Core 122
2-Core 199
77% 134 Pts
4-Core 315
8-Core 464
48% 390 Pts
64-Core 564
35% 564 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $260 @ launch in Oct '17
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Gaming 56%
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Desktop
Desktop 93%
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Workstation
Workstation 48%
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Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $144

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 94% - Outstanding Total price: $547

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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 5 years ago.

Good

4 months ago.

I have it, it works well in most games :)


Excellent

14 months ago.

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


Good

19 months ago.

NEW MOTHERBOARDS FOR THIS CPU ARE SO EXPENSIVE


Good

2 months ago.

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


Good

15 months ago.

Stronger in some gaming sutations than an I7 8700k!


Excellent

2 years ago.

cheap and more than fast enough


Good

2 years ago.

works good and very good i5 for gaming


Good

5 years ago.


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 years 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


Good

4 years ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.

This is very good proccesor. But not cheape in Finland


Good

4 years ago.

while there is i7 8700 this is not good


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Good

5 years ago.

best performance for less expensive than other the best choice actually


Excellent

3 years ago.

Great Value


Good

22 months ago.

I've been using this since jan '18, paired with a 1060 6GB it delivers solid gaming performance with good OC margins. Also good for multitasking purposes, but not the best out there. It does not deserve 5 stars because actually i payed too much (297€) and also motherboards were brand new, but today I have no regrets.


Excellent

5 years ago.

Such power for that price, I love it!


Excellent

4 years ago.

One of the best cpu's right now


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

It gets what it needs to done. I stream with this chip and it does fine.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Aircooled 5.4GHz OC @ 1.488v with NH-D15


Excellent

5 years ago.

REALLY GOOD FOR GAMING!!!


Excellent

4 years ago.

Rly nice


Excellent

4 years ago.

Beating even some Extreme hexa core i7's


Excellent

5 years 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

4 years ago.

5kkz


Excellent

4 years ago.

perfecto for me gamero


Excellent

4 years ago.

outstanding value and performance


Excellent

3 years 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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