Average Bench: 93.8% (9th of 1176)

Based on 45,712 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]


Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-9600K averaged just 6.2% 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.


Quad Core Floating Point Speed 564Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 138Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is 23.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-9600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 768Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 824Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 45,712 samples)
Min Avg Max
119 SC Int 133 150
123 SC Float 143 162
124 SC Mixed 138 156
95.7% 138 Pts
Min Avg Max
440 QC Int 510 588
505 QC Float 564 647
469 QC Mixed 534 615
96.1% 536 Pts
Min Avg Max
616 MC Int 724 843
714 MC Float 824 957
657 MC Mixed 768 890
51.8% 772 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 4.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 148
SC Float 160
SC Mixed 155
107% 154 Pts
QC Int 582
QC Float 640
QC Mixed 614
110% 612 Pts
MC Int 802
MC Float 954
MC Mixed 862
58% 872 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 146
SC Float 157
SC Mixed 151
105% 151 Pts
QC Int 581
QC Float 617
QC Mixed 604
108% 600 Pts
MC Int 850
MC Float 932
MC Mixed 890
60% 891 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 133
SC Float 148
SC Mixed 136
96% 139 Pts
QC Int 486
QC Float 576
QC Mixed 526
95% 529 Pts
MC Int 611
MC Float 781
MC Mixed 743
48% 712 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 129
SC Float 141
SC Mixed 131
93% 134 Pts
QC Int 474
QC Float 548
QC Mixed 523
92% 515 Pts
MC Int 710
MC Float 788
MC Mixed 730
50% 743 Pts
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Workstation 64%

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 124% - Outstanding Total price: $967

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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...

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4 days ago.

Got great overclocker. All core 5.2 max voltage little over 1.3.


22 hrs ago.



6 days ago.

Single core performance is really good.


8 days ago.

Ótimo custo benefício para jogos


18 hrs ago.



16 days ago.

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


6 months ago.

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


4 days ago.



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


9 months ago.


2 months ago.

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


6 months ago.

6 treads? NO!!!


5 months ago.

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


6 months ago.

Very nice for the price


8 months ago.



2 months ago.

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


8 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.


7 months ago.

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


7 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!!!


6 months ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.


3 months ago.

Overclocks to 5GHz at 1.35V easily

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