Average Bench: 93.2% (129th of 1459)

Based on 321,194 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 6.7% 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. Quad Core Speed 525Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 135Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is 20.8%. 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 Speed 717Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 688Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 321,194 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.5 Memory 91 96.5
114 1-Core 135 153
232 2-Core 268 306
91.3% 165 Pts
Min Avg Max
437 4-Core 525 604
542 8-Core 688 822
77.2% 606 Pts
Min Avg Max
570 64-Core 717 848
44.3% 717 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.1
1-Core 135
2-Core 271
91% 165 Pts
4-Core 533
8-Core 792
82% 663 Pts
64-Core 792
49% 792 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.8
1-Core 134
2-Core 227
85% 149 Pts
4-Core 517
8-Core 740
79% 629 Pts
64-Core 752
47% 752 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.1
1-Core 132
2-Core 263
88% 160 Pts
4-Core 523
8-Core 723
79% 623 Pts
64-Core 704
44% 704 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.7
1-Core 93.6
2-Core 175
71% 119 Pts
4-Core 283
8-Core 361
41% 322 Pts
64-Core 370
23% 370 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $260 @ launch in Oct '18
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Workstation 91%
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Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $246

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 110% - Outstanding Total price: $716

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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 5 years ago.

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4 days ago.

Comment 

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

Comment 

I got this for 10$ cheaper than I would’ve paid for an i5 8600k and this thing outdoes itself in every department. 10/10—Dec '20

Comment 

Beats the new consoles hands down.—Dec '20


Liked

3 days ago.

Comment 

die cpu kostet 160 euro neu aktuell und hat 6 schnelle kerne mit 6 threads die auf 5 , 3 ghz kommen können pro kern pro kern mindestens 4 ,6 ghz —Jul '21


Liked

14 days ago.

Comment 

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


Liked

3 months ago.

Comment 

High performance, minimal price!—Nov '20


Poor

1 month ago.

its pretty good when overclocked


Liked

15 days ago.

Comment 

nearly same perf in game as 5600x but literaly more than twice cheaper—Mar '21

Comment 

cheap and insane performance—Mar '21


Good

2 months ago.

had it for years done me well with my gtx 1060

Comment 

Best CPU for price/performance—Nov '20


Liked

8 days ago.

Comment 

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


Terrible

13 months ago.

Best ever since 2018 for overall rate


Liked

2 months 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


Poor

2 months ago.

For gaming with RTX 3090 is perfect. Cheap and super fast


Good

5 months ago.

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


Good

4 months ago.

for more price better everything


Good

1 month ago.

it has worked perfectly for me with no issues


Good

5 years ago.


Disliked

1 month ago.

Comment 

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


Good

15 days ago.

Better than i7 4770k and i7 4790k :D


Terrible

2 years ago.

cope


Average

3 years ago.

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


Terrible

4 years ago.

overpriced


Good

5 years ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

Great processor for price but struggle in 1080p on cyberpunk 2077


Excellent

4 years ago.

Easily overclocks to 5Ghz and is just good enough.


Excellent

4 years ago.

Overclocked at 4.6Ghz is very nice


Terrible

3 years ago.

in my opinion too slow for gaming


Excellent

4 years 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

4 years ago.

wow i5 9600k oc to 5.4 ghz


Excellent

5 years ago.

Very nice for the price


Excellent

5 years ago.

gREAT


Excellent

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

Good price / performance ratio


Excellent

4 years 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

3 years ago.

Easy OCing to 5.0GHz


Good

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

Good for overclocking


Excellent

3 years ago.

cheap cpu and runs amazing!..


Excellent

21 months ago.

best cpu all time :))


Excellent

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

5 years 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

5 years ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.


Excellent

5 years ago.

Overclocks to 5GHz at 1.35V easily


Excellent

4 years 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

4 years ago.

NICE


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

good


Excellent

19 months ago.

Cheap and effective, still kicks ass to this day


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