Average Bench: 92.5% (11th of 1182)

Based on 53,630 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 ($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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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-9600K averaged just 7.5% 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 272Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is 29%. 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 753Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 747Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 53,630 samples)
Min Avg Max
120 1-Core 137 156
243 2-Core 272 311
96% 204 Pts
Min Avg Max
455 4-Core 529 612
601 8-Core 747 888
82.7% 638 Pts
Min Avg Max
621 64-Core 753 889
50.6% 753 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 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 148
2-Core 301
105% 224 Pts
4-Core 592
8-Core 865
94% 729 Pts
64-Core 885
59% 885 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 145
2-Core 289
102% 217 Pts
4-Core 567
8-Core 799
89% 683 Pts
64-Core 801
54% 801 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 142
2-Core 280
99% 211 Pts
4-Core 551
8-Core 782
86% 666 Pts
64-Core 797
54% 797 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 138
2-Core 264
95% 201 Pts
4-Core 535
8-Core 778
85% 656 Pts
64-Core 782
52% 782 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,216,263 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $260 @ launch in Oct '18
AmazonUS $2197 days
EbayUS $23014 mins
OutletPCUS $2402 hrs
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Typical Core i5-9600K Builds (Compare 8,749 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 96%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $110

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $924

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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 11 months ago.

Good

3 days ago.

Very good Performance and low price


Good

17 hrs ago.

amazing value for the price


Terrible

4 days ago.

Single core performance is really good.


Poor

5 days ago.

Ótimo custo benefício para jogos


Terrible

22 days ago.

Very good for it's low price!


Excellent

5 days ago.

most valuable CPU for single-core program such as Minecraft(what?)


Good

4 days ago.

perfect for gaming without spending over $500 on cpu


Terrible

25 days ago.

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


Terrible

2 days ago.

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


Terrible

26 days 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


Terrible

17 days ago.

dvdsgsd


Good

11 months ago.


Terrible

1 month ago.

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


Terrible

8 months ago.

6 treads? NO!!!


Good

7 months ago.

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


Terrible

4 days ago.

not enough threads


Average

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

2 days ago.

wow i5 9600k oc to 5.2 ghz


Excellent

7 months ago.

Very nice for the price


Excellent

10 months ago.

gREAT


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 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

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 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

8 months ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.


Excellent

5 months ago.

Overclocks to 5GHz at 1.35V easily


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Intel Core i5-9400F $140Nvidia GTX 1660 $220Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $80
Intel Core i5-9600K $219Nvidia GTX 1660-Ti $278Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $105
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 $195Nvidia RTX 2060S (Super) $429Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $215
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $34G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $630SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $64Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $66SanDisk Extreme 16GB $24
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