Average Bench: 95.4% (18th of 1265)

Based on 183,020 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]

Poor: 85%Average: 95.4% Great: 105%
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Aircraft carrier

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-9600K averaged just 4.5% 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 270Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is just 19.5%. 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 767Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 761Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 183,020 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.7 Memory 92.7 97.1
119 1-Core 136 153
241 2-Core 270 306
94.6% 166 Pts
Min Avg Max
458 4-Core 530 610
613 8-Core 761 893
83.5% 645 Pts
Min Avg Max
630 64-Core 767 888
51.5% 767 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 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.6
1-Core 138
2-Core 276
97% 170 Pts
4-Core 554
8-Core 791
87% 672 Pts
64-Core 796
53% 796 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.9
1-Core 138
2-Core 272
96% 168 Pts
4-Core 538
8-Core 796
86% 667 Pts
64-Core 787
53% 787 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.2
1-Core 132
2-Core 254
92% 160 Pts
4-Core 512
8-Core 758
82% 635 Pts
64-Core 752
50% 752 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 91
1-Core 134
2-Core 265
93% 163 Pts
4-Core 479
8-Core 586
71% 533 Pts
64-Core 606
41% 606 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.6
1-Core 122
2-Core 233
88% 151 Pts
4-Core 325
8-Core 410
48% 367 Pts
64-Core 595
40% 595 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 33,602,844 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $260 @ launch in Oct '18
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Typical Core i5-9600K Builds (Compare 17,991 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 109%
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Desktop
Desktop 96%
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Workstation
Workstation 93%
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Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $120

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $958

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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 23 months ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

2 hrs ago.

best cpu i have had to date so far.. that is at least affordable.


Good

8 days ago.

Overclocks well, great performance for price.


Liked

4 days ago.

Comment 

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


Good

1 day ago.

Great performance for less price


Liked

14 days ago.

Comment 

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


Good

8 days ago.

Beast single core processing


Average

2 months ago.

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


Good

23 months ago.


Poor

2 months 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

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

12 months ago.

best for ea sports


Average

1 month ago.

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


Terrible

9 months ago.

overpriced


Good

20 months ago.

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


Terrible

10 days ago.

in my opinion too slow for gaming


Excellent

12 months ago.

wow i5 9600k oc to 5.4 ghz


Excellent

10 months ago.

Overclocked at 4.6Ghz is very nice


Excellent

20 months ago.

Very nice for the price


Excellent

22 months ago.

gREAT


Excellent

10 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

9 months ago.

Easily overclocks to 5Ghz and is just good enough.


Excellent

17 months ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

Good price / performance ratio


Excellent

3 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

15 days ago.

Easy OCing to 5.0GHz


Good

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

8 months ago.

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


Terrible

1 month ago.

This CPU pro guy knows NOTHING, he's just an opinionated nerd, like the world needs more of those - neckbeard. He's going on every Intel CPU with 4C/4T or 6C/6T and saying they outperform the Ryzen chips and that they're future proof. For example he said the i5 9600K outperforms the Ryzen 5 3600. Google the i5 9600K benchmarking Flight sim 2020, it maxes out at 100% usage and causes lag spikes. I'm SO glad I didn't listen to this opinionated moron and be stuck with a 100% maxed out CPU that can't even play the new games. Do your own research. And why is this site recommending his opinion, are we in middle school?


Good

2 days ago.

parasina gore muazzam


Excellent

22 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

14 months ago.

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


Poor

4 months ago.

poo'


Excellent

3 months ago.

Good for overclocking


Excellent

1 month ago.

cheap cpu and runs amazing!..


Excellent

22 months ago.

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


Excellent

21 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

21 months ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.


Excellent

17 months ago.

Overclocks to 5GHz at 1.35V easily


Excellent

11 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

5 months ago.

NICE


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


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