Average Bench: 105% (24th of 1147)

Based on 23,819 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]


Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i5-9600K averaged 4.8% 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.


Quad Core Floating Point Speed 562Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 532Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is 24.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-9600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Single Core Integer Speed 133Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 138Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 23,819 samples)
Min Avg Max
120 SC Int 133 150
127 SC Float 144 162
126 SC Mixed 138 155
110% 138 Pts
Min Avg Max
442 QC Int 508 580
494 QC Float 562 648
472 QC Mixed 532 606
121% 534 Pts
Min Avg Max
613 MC Int 721 836
689 MC Float 821 951
654 MC Mixed 764 883
115% 769 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 142
SC Float 152
SC Mixed 146
117% 147 Pts
QC Int 557
QC Float 605
QC Mixed 579
132% 580 Pts
MC Int 801
MC Float 901
MC Mixed 840
127% 847 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 136
SC Float 145
SC Mixed 142
113% 141 Pts
QC Int 526
QC Float 571
QC Mixed 548
124% 548 Pts
MC Int 733
MC Float 842
MC Mixed 787
118% 787 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 138
SC Float 149
SC Mixed 141
114% 143 Pts
QC Int 528
QC Float 565
QC Mixed 542
124% 545 Pts
MC Int 745
MC Float 831
MC Mixed 744
116% 773 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 128
SC Float 141
SC Mixed 134
107% 134 Pts
QC Int 490
QC Float 547
QC Mixed 520
118% 519 Pts
MC Int 689
MC Float 557
MC Mixed 722
99% 656 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 121
SC Float 135
SC Mixed 129
103% 128 Pts
QC Int 477
QC Float 536
QC Mixed 505
115% 506 Pts
MC Int 609
MC Float 694
MC Mixed 702
100% 668 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,598,472 CPUs tested.


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Gaming 118%
Desktop 137%
Workstation 98%
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Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 182% - Outstanding Total price: $609

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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)


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


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
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes


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

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes


9th generation Coffee Lake processor...

Added 5 months ago.


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6 days ago.

Single core performance is really good.


6 days ago.

great for its price and great for gaming


14 days ago.

Ótimo custo benefício para jogos


6 days ago.

top 1 i got 1 and is so perfect !


4 days ago.



11 days ago.

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


2 months ago.

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


3 days ago.

Just great works 10/10 would buy again


4 months ago.


9 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


2 months ago.

6 treads? NO!!!


1 month ago.

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


4 months ago.



1 month ago.

Very nice for the price


4 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.


3 months ago.

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


2 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!!!


2 months ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.

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