Average Bench: 99.2% (3rd of 1182)

Based on 63,960 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EC Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9700K CPU @ 3.60GHz

Intel’s Core i7-9700K is an unlocked 9th generation Coffee Lake CPU. It is an 8 core, 8 thread processor. The 9700K features 12 MB of cache, a 95W TDP and Intel UHD 630 graphics. 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 stock base / boost clocks of 3.6 / 4.6 GHz and a single core boost of 4.9 GHz (compared to 3.6, 4.7 and 5.0 GHz for the flagship 9900K). This translates to almost identical single, quad and octa core performance between the 9900K and 9700K. Mainstream PC games do not benefit from more than eight threads, so at $350 (25% cheaper than the 9900K), the 9700K offers far better value for money to gamers. That said for purely gaming there is very little reason not to consider the i5-9600K which, when overclocked, offers almost equivalent gaming performance but at a 35% discount[Oct '18 CPUPro]

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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-9700K averaged just 0.7% lower 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.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 142Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,043Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-9700K is 31.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-9700K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,057Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 283Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 63,960 samples)
Min Avg Max
112 1-Core 142 156
224 2-Core 283 312
100% 213 Pts
Min Avg Max
445 4-Core 559 622
817 8-Core 1,043 1,187
99.6% 801 Pts
Min Avg Max
839 64-Core 1,057 1,196
70.9% 1,057 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
1-Core 156
2-Core 312
110% 234 Pts
4-Core 625
8-Core 1,183
112% 904 Pts
64-Core 1,220
82% 1,220 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 152
2-Core 306
108% 229 Pts
4-Core 592
8-Core 1,110
106% 851 Pts
64-Core 1,132
76% 1,132 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 140
2-Core 289
100% 214 Pts
4-Core 574
8-Core 1,001
99% 788 Pts
64-Core 1,117
75% 1,117 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
1-Core 125
2-Core 282
94% 204 Pts
4-Core 552
8-Core 987
96% 770 Pts
64-Core 1,043
70% 1,043 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $380 @ launch in Oct '18
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Desktop 135%
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Workstation 110%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING - $235

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $1,429

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 Specifications

Essentials

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)

Graphics

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

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 11 months ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

1 day ago.

Great CPU extremely fast and efficient


Good

7 days ago.

Amazing CPU, so much power.


Excellent

3 days ago.

It's a great processor paired with GTX 2070S


Terrible

9 days ago.

f/p


Excellent

1 day ago.

Whoever buys this non-hyper-threaded piece of trash at 500 bucks needs serious help.


Terrible

13 days ago.

best cpu for price and performance ratio


Poor

4 days ago.

dsdsd


Excellent

11 days ago.

10/10 would recommend


Terrible

8 days ago.

excelente


Poor

4 days ago.

INTEL FAKE NEWS alert i7 without Hyper threading only 8 Cores


Good

13 days ago.

Better


Terrible

26 days ago.

Intel just does it better . . .


Terrible

7 days ago.

Its one of the most powerfull CPUs i have ever seen!


Good

11 months ago.


Terrible

11 days ago.

I have this processor and its a beast!


Good

3 months ago.

I am testing this site veracity


Terrible

1 month ago.

This is a i7 8700K with 2 more cores, although in actual multi-core performance they are nearly identical. This is pretty much a rebrand and it has the same multi-core performance thanks to the 8700K's 12 threads compared to 8. Rebrand crap.


Good

10 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.


Terrible

3 months ago.

price SUCKS


Excellent

6 months ago.

Bought on the 29th of Jan 2019 - I'll let you know (computer: Osiris)


Terrible

8 months ago.

발열


Poor

8 months ago.

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


Poor

1 month ago.

Fast now but limited for the future by only having eight threads. AMD does not even offer gaming CPUs with less then 12 threads anymore.


Poor

10 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.


Terrible

2 months ago.

No hyperthreding


Poor

10 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.


Excellent

6 months ago.

Very fast overclocksble cpu


Excellent

4 months ago.

Fast, powerful and cool


Excellent

3 months ago.

hell yeah this f******* fired up at 5.2ghz 1.3v core lmao


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