Average Bench: 94.6% (22nd of 1276)

Based on 220,119 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000906EC, BFEBFBFF000906ED 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 motherboard), 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 CPU encoding (Cinebench, Blender, Handbrake etc.) the Ryzen 3000 series offers great 64-core performance. For example the overclocked Ryzen 3600 is approximately 13% worse for gaming, desktop and normal consumer workloads but it is 27% faster for 64-core processing. CPU encoding is akin to using hair clippers on a lawn, encoding tasks are far better performed by dedicated hardware such an NVENC or QuickSync. 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]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-9600K averaged just 5.4% 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 135Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 268Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is just 19.7%. 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 762Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 752Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 220,119 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.2 Memory 91.9 96.8
115 1-Core 135 154
235 2-Core 268 306
93.9% 165 Pts
Min Avg Max
454 4-Core 526 609
609 8-Core 752 879
82.7% 639 Pts
Min Avg Max
636 64-Core 762 888
51.2% 762 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 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.8
1-Core 150
2-Core 299
102% 182 Pts
4-Core 598
8-Core 869
95% 733 Pts
64-Core 857
58% 857 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.6
1-Core 136
2-Core 267
95% 166 Pts
4-Core 525
8-Core 758
83% 641 Pts
64-Core 773
52% 773 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.1
1-Core 137
2-Core 273
94% 167 Pts
4-Core 542
8-Core 800
86% 671 Pts
64-Core 783
52% 783 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.8
1-Core 128
2-Core 255
92% 159 Pts
4-Core 493
8-Core 662
75% 577 Pts
64-Core 642
43% 642 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $260 @ launch in Oct '18
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Desktop 95%
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Workstation
Workstation 100%
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Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $135

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $962

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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 2 years ago.

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9 hrs ago.

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Great CPU if you can find it for less than $200. Overclocks well and stays cool under load, provided a capable cooling solution is used. Gaming is what this CPU is designed for, and it does well at 1080p or 1440p, but 4K definitely squeezes all the performance possible out of this processor. I recommend DDR4-3600 C16 memory with this CPU. —Dec '20


Liked

3 days ago.

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Easy to O.C 5Ghz, TDP 95W = low Degrees Celcius on CPU —Mar '20


Excellent

9 days ago.

Comment 

High performance, minimal price!—Nov '20


Good

2 days ago.

Better than older i7 processors


Disliked

10 days ago.

Comment 

Awesome performance por the price and reaches easely 5ghz—Mar '20


Liked

3 days ago.

Comment 

Best CPU for price/performance—Nov '20


Liked

9 days ago.

Comment 

Love it's 5ghz oc really beats out most of the I gang. I really look forward buying this from what i see—Nov '20


Good

1 day ago.

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


Poor

11 days ago.

Great processor for gaming and game development. Especially with and great cooler and Overclock at 5Ghz


Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

12 days ago.

for more price better everything


Poor

1 month ago.

the in no game that needs more power than what this cpu can provide


Poor

23 days ago.

AMD A10 PRO-8850B (FM2+, ZD885BXBI44JC, rev.A1, 3.9GHz, 4C, L2:2M, 95W)


Excellent

13 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


Liked

3 days ago.

Comment 

Crazy OC can be done for that cheap price, and it is sooo great for 2019 PC gamers!!—Nov '20


Excellent

14 months ago.

best for ea sports


Average

3 months ago.

Great in performance but the price is not very good, especially that this is a 6 core 6 threaded CPU


Terrible

11 months ago.

overpriced


Good

22 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 months 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

11 months ago.

Easily overclocks to 5Ghz and is just good enough.


Terrible

2 months ago.

in my opinion too slow for gaming


Excellent

14 months ago.

wow i5 9600k oc to 5.4 ghz


Excellent

13 months ago.

Overclocked at 4.6Ghz is very nice


Excellent

22 months ago.

Very nice for the price


Excellent

2 years ago.

gREAT


Excellent

19 months ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

Good price / performance ratio


Excellent

5 months ago.

Don't listen to the nay-sayers, this thing will deliver all the gaming goodness you will need. For Gaming, clock speed is best and intel always has the highest clocks, lowest System latency in games and highest overclocking headroom, for all your components. If you want to render a monkey head then buy a higher end intel chip and you can game on it for years to come as well as render that image, although maybe 30 seconds slower maybe. There are many ways to overclock zintel boards, and all core is popular to hit 5.0-5.1 ghz with safe voltages, but also use per core overclock where you can set 5.4 /5.3 to 1 or 2 cores, and 5.1 to the rest or some combination. Use included fans for vrm (the things around the cpu) cooling, or add your own for cheap, $10. If you have asus, increase the cooler score as much as possible by adding push pull fan configs to your radiator etc, and increase the ai optimism scale as high as it goes, this will drop your voltages, if its not stable, add more cooling, or decrease the core ratios. Note: overclocking is safe and fun, I have gone through thousands of blue screens of death and many benchmarks and never had any issues.


Excellent

2 months ago.

Easy OCing to 5.0GHz


Good

11 months ago.

I'm on board with this its suits my middle needs


Excellent

10 months ago.

Good value for gaming, overclocked to a solid 4.9GHz without any effort or temperature problems.


Excellent

2 years 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

16 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

Good for overclocking


Excellent

3 months ago.

cheap cpu and runs amazing!..


Excellent

24 months ago.

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


Excellent

23 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

23 months ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.


Excellent

19 months ago.

Overclocks to 5GHz at 1.35V easily


Excellent

13 months 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.


Excellent

8 months ago.

NICE


Excellent

7 months ago.

Very nice CPU for Gaming!! Air Cooled OC up to 4,9Ghz, AIO up to 5,2Ghz..


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