Average Bench: 104% (27th of 1158)

Based on 37,231 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EC Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9600K CPU @ 3.70GHz

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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Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i5-9600K averaged 4.1% higher 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

Quad Core Floating Point Speed 557Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 528Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is 26.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-9600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 132Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 137Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 37,231 samples)
Min Avg Max
119 SC Int 132 149
121 SC Float 143 162
123 SC Mixed 137 155
110% 137 Pts
Min Avg Max
437 QC Int 504 581
493 QC Float 557 642
463 QC Mixed 528 604
120% 530 Pts
Min Avg Max
608 MC Int 718 836
683 MC Float 816 948
651 MC Mixed 762 882
114% 765 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 149
SC Float 168
SC Mixed 161
127% 159 Pts
QC Int 604
QC Float 674
QC Mixed 612
143% 630 Pts
MC Int 832
MC Float 989
MC Mixed 882
135% 901 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 134
SC Float 142
SC Mixed 138
110% 138 Pts
QC Int 508
QC Float 557
QC Mixed 511
119% 526 Pts
MC Int 670
MC Float 808
MC Mixed 733
110% 737 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 128
SC Float 140
SC Mixed 133
107% 134 Pts
QC Int 478
QC Float 553
QC Mixed 514
117% 515 Pts
MC Int 656
MC Float 732
MC Mixed 633
101% 674 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 124
SC Float 138
SC Mixed 85
92% 116 Pts
QC Int 520
QC Float 567
QC Mixed 540
123% 542 Pts
MC Int 735
MC Float 826
MC Mixed 780
117% 780 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,143,694 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $260 @ launch in Oct '18
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Typical Core i5-9600K Builds (Compare 4,711 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 102%
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Desktop
Desktop 95%
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Workstation
Workstation 75%
Battleship

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 125% - Outstanding Total price: $898

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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 7 months ago.

Good

7 days ago.

Bb


Good

2 days ago.

Single core performance is really good.


Poor

23 days ago.

great for its price and great for gaming


Excellent

3 days ago.

wow


Poor

6 days ago.

Ótimo custo benefício para jogos


Poor

10 days ago.

top 1 i got 1 and is so perfect !


Excellent

1 month ago.

Great


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Good

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 days ago.

good


Excellent

1 month ago.

3


Excellent

6 days ago.

love


Poor

2 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

7 months ago.


Terrible

15 hrs ago.

Muy sobre valorado


Excellent

29 days ago.

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


Terrible

4 months ago.

6 treads? NO!!!


Good

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

Very nice for the price


Excellent

6 months ago.

gREAT


Excellent

18 days ago.

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


Excellent

6 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.


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 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

4 months ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.


Excellent

1 month ago.

Overclocks to 5GHz at 1.35V easily


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