Average Bench: 93.5% (16th of 1206)

Based on 71,337 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EC Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9600K CPU @ 3.70GHz

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 (such as the $20 GAMMAXX 400). 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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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-9600K averaged just 6.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-9600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 137Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 270Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is 24.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-9600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 757Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 752Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 71,337 samples)
Min Avg Max
123 1-Core 137 156
238 2-Core 270 308
95.8% 203 Pts
Min Avg Max
449 4-Core 527 611
610 8-Core 752 880
82.9% 640 Pts
Min Avg Max
617 64-Core 757 880
50.8% 757 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
1-Core 156
2-Core 304
108% 230 Pts
4-Core 573
8-Core 827
90% 700 Pts
64-Core 833
56% 833 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
1-Core 141
2-Core 283
100% 212 Pts
4-Core 561
8-Core 699
83% 630 Pts
64-Core 708
48% 708 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 142
2-Core 274
98% 208 Pts
4-Core 535
8-Core 772
84% 653 Pts
64-Core 771
52% 771 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 139
2-Core 272
97% 206 Pts
4-Core 532
8-Core 772
84% 652 Pts
64-Core 764
51% 764 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 133
2-Core 244
90% 188 Pts
4-Core 477
8-Core 727
77% 602 Pts
64-Core 701
47% 701 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 22,641,976 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $260 @ launch in Oct '18
AmazonUS $2001 day
EbayUS $2054 mins
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Typical Core i5-9600K Builds (Compare 12,836 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 99%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $903

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-9600K Processor (9M Cache, up to 4.60 GHz)
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch DateQ4'18
Processor Numberi5-9600K
# of Cores6
# of Threads6
Cache9 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended Price$262.00 - $263.00
Clock Speed3.70 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.60 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP95 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015D (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
Memory Bandwidth41.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 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
TSX-NIYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1151

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes

 Comments

9th generation Coffee Lake processor...

Added 13 months ago.

Excellent

1 day ago.

exploded


Terrible

2 days ago.

Single core performance is really good.


Good

2 days ago.

Awesome performance por the price and reaches easely 5ghz


Good

16 days ago.

perfect for gaming without spending over $500 on cpu


Terrible

3 months ago.

It is a little bit more expansive than 8600k but it is a lot better


Excellent

8 days ago.

I use it since 3 months and I am totally in love with that CPU


Terrible

2 days ago.

é tão má mas tão má que até não a tenho


Average

1 day ago.

It's cheaper and pretty much the same


Excellent

3 days ago.

Running all games at Max settings paired with a 2060. Only game not running 144hz is Cod MW with RTX on. Very good CPU


Terrible

3 months ago.

easy auto overclock on lower end z390 board to 4800 on lcs with all power saving features enabled 3200 drr4 via xmp and a v fast ssd (970EVO )make this a monster gaming cpu at 1080P


Good

13 months ago.


Good

6 hrs ago.

Crazy OC can be done for that cheap price, and it is sooo great for 2019 PC gamers!!


Excellent

2 months ago.

best for ea sports


Poor

10 days ago.

Unless you are using this for gaming and for gaming ONLY, You could get much better options for the price.


Good

10 months ago.

for the price it looks like it would do good in a desktop build


Terrible

3 months ago.

not enough threads


Poor

6 days ago.

alright for its price but 6 threads is to little for the future.


Excellent

2 months ago.

wow i5 9600k oc to 5.4 ghz


Excellent

1 month ago.

Overclocked at 4.6Ghz is very nice


Excellent

10 months ago.

Very nice for the price


Excellent

13 months ago.

gREAT


Excellent

7 months ago.

Wath a good gaming cpu. The secret gaming chip! Nearly as good as a 9900K for half the price.


Excellent

1 month ago.

Good price / performance ratio


Excellent

21 days ago.

i have the 9600KF but it's the same If you have it for the same price take the 9600k, i got mine way cheaper sot i took the 9600KF With a 350$ RTX 2060s it's a bang for the buck at 1080p Full Ultra 144hz


Excellent

12 months ago.

Cheap and effective, comes with 4.6 single clock and it's easy as pie to make that all core with a single option enabled and if you're so inclined, make that 4.7 to 5.0 all core without a sweat depending on die.


Terrible

4 months ago.

ryzen 5 3600 destroy it with less cost and huge more performance. absolutely bad value


Excellent

12 months ago.

Great CPU -- My 123% and 124% Benches aren't showing, see bench /12697701/


Excellent

11 months ago.

Best CPU I've ever had. Absolutely blows away any of my other machines when installing new software or booting or loading into a game or even just running them. This thing is GNARLY for the price!!!


Excellent

11 months ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.


Excellent

8 months ago.

Overclocks to 5GHz at 1.35V easily


Excellent

1 month ago.

Great gaming CPU and powerful to handle every game with high FPS and allowing to play games with high and competitive framerates, being able to utilize your GPU to its maximum.


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Intel Core i7-9700K $369Nvidia GTX 1650S (Super) $160Samsung 850 Pro 512GB $230
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