Average Bench: 104% (23rd of 1144)

Based on 10,604 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]

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Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i5-9600K averaged 4.0% 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.

Strengths

Quad Core Floating Point Speed 558Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 528Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9600K is 24.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-9600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 132Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 137Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,604 samples)
Min Avg Max
118 SC Int 132 149
120 SC Float 142 162
119 SC Mixed 137 154
109% 137 Pts
Min Avg Max
432 QC Int 504 578
486 QC Float 558 648
466 QC Mixed 528 608
120% 530 Pts
Min Avg Max
609 MC Int 717 835
697 MC Float 817 950
638 MC Mixed 759 885
114% 764 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
SC Int 134
SC Float 146
SC Mixed 142
113% 141 Pts
QC Int 528
QC Float 569
QC Mixed 546
124% 548 Pts
MC Int 768
MC Float 830
MC Mixed 783
119% 794 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 134
SC Float 146
SC Mixed 139
112% 140 Pts
QC Int 505
QC Float 565
QC Mixed 518
120% 529 Pts
MC Int 743
MC Float 848
MC Mixed 774
118% 788 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 130
SC Float 143
SC Mixed 135
109% 136 Pts
QC Int 501
QC Float 566
QC Mixed 529
120% 532 Pts
MC Int 695
MC Float 774
MC Mixed 742
110% 737 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 128
SC Float 140
SC Mixed 134
107% 134 Pts
QC Int 502
QC Float 500
QC Mixed 517
115% 506 Pts
MC Int 700
MC Float 812
MC Mixed 745
112% 752 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 126
SC Float 136
SC Mixed 131
105% 131 Pts
QC Int 398
QC Float 438
QC Mixed 458
98% 431 Pts
MC Int 473
MC Float 552
MC Mixed 504
76% 510 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 13,915,157 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $260 @ launch in Oct '18
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Desktop 138%
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Workstation 98%
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Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 179% - Outstanding Total price: $613

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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 2 months ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

2 days ago.

works almost as well as i9


Excellent

3 days ago.

issa best


Excellent

37 mins ago.

great for its price and great for gaming


Good

7 days ago.

Ótimo custo benefício para jogos


Good

1 day ago.

so good


Good

1 day ago.

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


Excellent

15 days ago.

Just great works 10/10 would buy again


Terrible

1 month ago.

its stupid


Good

2 months ago.


Excellent

13 days ago.

Great overclocking capability


Terrible

13 days ago.

6 treads? NO!!!


Excellent

2 months ago.

gREAT


Excellent

1 month 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.


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

29 days 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

14 days ago.

Faster than my 7700k I replaced.


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