Average Bench: 113% (12th of 1144)

Based on 11,442 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EC Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9700K CPU @ 3.60GHz

Intel’s Core i7-9700K is an unlocked 9th generation CPU, released alongside the i5-9600K and the i9-9900K. The 9700K is an 8 core, 8 thread processor based on the third iteration of Intel’s 14nm Coffee Lake architecture, which sees an increase in the number of cores available to mainstream consumers, in line with AMD’s Ryzen 7 offerings. The 9700K features 12 MB of cache, a 95W TDP and Intel UHD graphics 630. And like the other 9th generation chips, it is compatible with Intel’s new Z390 chipset as well as last years Z370 chipset (with an updated BIOS). The 9700K has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz, rising to 4.6 GHz when all 8 cores are engaged and a single core boost frequency of 4.9 GHz (compared to 3.6 GHz, 4.7 GHz and 5.0 GHz for the flagship 9900K). This translates to similar single and quad core performance to the 9900K, but due to the higher number of threads, the 9900K has around a 50% higher multi-core benchmark than the 9700K. Currently most PC games do not engage more than 4 cores, so at $420 (15% cheaper than the 9900K), the 9700K offers better value for money to gamers. If instead, great multi-core performance is a necessity, at $290, the 8 core 16 thread Ryzen 7 2700X is a more prudent choice, with a 30% higher multi-core benchmark than the 9700K.  [Oct '18 CPUPro]


Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i7-9700K averaged 12.8% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-9700K near the top of the comparison list.


Multi Core Integer Speed 1,003Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,139Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-9700K is 35.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-9700K performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Single Core Integer Speed 137Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 142Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 11,442 samples)
Min Avg Max
108 SC Int 137 151
117 SC Float 148 163
112 SC Mixed 142 156
114% 143 Pts
Min Avg Max
425 QC Int 535 597
467 QC Float 585 651
444 QC Mixed 557 621
127% 559 Pts
Min Avg Max
790 MC Int 1,003 1,129
900 MC Float 1,139 1,284
841 MC Mixed 1,062 1,196
160% 1,068 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 151
SC Float 162
SC Mixed 156
125% 157 Pts
QC Int 601
QC Float 652
QC Mixed 624
142% 626 Pts
MC Int 1,102
MC Float 1,274
MC Mixed 1,169
177% 1,182 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 146
SC Float 158
SC Mixed 147
120% 150 Pts
QC Int 568
QC Float 616
QC Mixed 586
134% 590 Pts
MC Int 1,068
MC Float 1,219
MC Mixed 1,136
171% 1,141 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 138
SC Float 152
SC Mixed 147
117% 146 Pts
QC Int 556
QC Float 601
QC Mixed 580
131% 579 Pts
MC Int 1,048
MC Float 1,177
MC Mixed 1,124
167% 1,116 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 133
SC Float 148
SC Mixed 140
112% 141 Pts
QC Int 517
QC Float 587
QC Mixed 549
125% 551 Pts
MC Int 920
MC Float 1,103
MC Mixed 1001
150% 1008 Pts
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Gaming 130%
Desktop 143%
Workstation 125%

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING - $239

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 120% - Outstanding Total price: $1,647

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DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-9700K Processor (12M Cache, up to 4.90 GHz)
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch DateQ4'18
Processor Numberi7-9700K
# of Cores8
# of Threads8
Cache12 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended Price$374.00 - $385.00
Clock Speed3.60 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.90 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 Frequency1.20 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 2 months ago.

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1 day ago.

Paired with MSI OC 8GB RTX 2080, 360mm Radiator with 55°c max at gaming ultra anything


1 day ago.

Exceptional performance, although high priced.


9 hrs ago.

Brand new CPU, Leaps and bounds ahead of 5 years ago (i5 4670k)


2 days ago.

Because of the overheating problem, and it doesn't perform better than 8700k at same clock speeds.


2 days ago.

INTEL FAKE NEWS alert i7 without Hyper threading only 8 Cores


1 day ago.

it is like a beast


2 months ago.


2 months ago.

I have this processor and its a beast!


2 months ago.

The cooling issue from previous generations is finally solved, and it's also gotten 8 cores now. Price is still a thing that has to be improved, but it definitely competes with AMD's Ryzen line-up.


1 day ago.



18 days ago.

It does not seem to give a noticeable improvement over the 8700k.


2 months ago.

Come on, Intel. I usually choose you over AMD, but don't push me too far. Double the price for less threads and a wimpy performance gain? I don't think so.


2 months ago.

The fact that they laucnhed it at a higher price than the 8700ks average launch price and the removal of Hyperthreading makes me question this "i7" in its name.

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