Average Bench: 95.8% (14th of 1242)

Based on 138,800 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 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 CPU encoding 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, desktop and normal consumer workloads 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 4.2% 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 136Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 271Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is just 18.4%. 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 768Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 761Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 138,800 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.3 Memory 93.3 97.4
117 1-Core 136 154
241 2-Core 271 307
94.9% 167 Pts
Min Avg Max
455 4-Core 531 607
608 8-Core 761 888
83.6% 646 Pts
Min Avg Max
630 64-Core 768 888
51.6% 768 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.2
1-Core 147
2-Core 290
101% 178 Pts
4-Core 576
8-Core 856
92% 716 Pts
64-Core 838
56% 838 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.3
1-Core 142
2-Core 281
99% 173 Pts
4-Core 550
8-Core 802
87% 676 Pts
64-Core 819
55% 819 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.1
1-Core 136
2-Core 266
95% 166 Pts
4-Core 531
8-Core 748
83% 639 Pts
64-Core 753
50% 753 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.5
1-Core 137
2-Core 270
95% 167 Pts
4-Core 525
8-Core 620
76% 573 Pts
64-Core 746
50% 746 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.6
1-Core 107
2-Core 266
88% 156 Pts
4-Core 357
8-Core 575
59% 466 Pts
64-Core 478
32% 478 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 28,882,363 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $260 @ launch in Oct '18
EbayUS $1964 mins
AmazonUS $19925 mins
BHPhotoUS $2204 hrs
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Typical Core i5-9600K Builds (Compare 24,412 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 99%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship

Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $951

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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 19 months ago.

Liked

2 days ago.

Comment 

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


Excellent

12 hrs ago.

good performance for the price


Good

1 day ago.

hahahahah intel sucks mad nuts

Comment 

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


Terrible

11 days ago.

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


Good

19 months ago.


Excellent

11 hrs ago.

it gud


Good

4 days ago.

Ddldlø


Excellent

1 month 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

12 days ago.

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


Excellent

8 months ago.

best for ea sports


Terrible

5 months ago.

overpriced


Good

16 months ago.

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


Terrible

8 months ago.

not enough threads


Poor

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

8 months ago.

wow i5 9600k oc to 5.4 ghz


Excellent

6 months ago.

Overclocked at 4.6Ghz is very nice


Excellent

16 months ago.

Very nice for the price


Excellent

18 months ago.

gREAT


Excellent

5 months ago.

Easily overclocks to 5Ghz and is just good enough.


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

Good price / performance ratio


Excellent

6 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


Good

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

18 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

10 months ago.

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


Poor

24 days ago.

poo'


Excellent

18 months ago.

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


Excellent

17 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

17 months ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.


Excellent

13 months ago.

Overclocks to 5GHz at 1.35V easily


Excellent

7 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

1 month ago.

NICE


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


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