Average Bench: 114% (8th of 1137)

Based on 674 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]

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Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i7-9700K averaged 13.8% 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.

Strengths

Multi Core Integer Speed 1,013Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,152Pts

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.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 138Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 143Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 674 samples)
Min Avg Max
109 SC Int 138 153
117 SC Float 149 164
112 SC Mixed 143 157
115% 144 Pts
Min Avg Max
427 QC Int 538 603
468 QC Float 591 655
446 QC Mixed 563 625
128% 564 Pts
Min Avg Max
804 MC Int 1,013 1,146
914 MC Float 1,152 1,291
850 MC Mixed 1,072 1,206
161% 1,079 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 142
SC Float 153
SC Mixed 148
118% 147 Pts
QC Int 539
QC Float 601
QC Mixed 574
129% 571 Pts
MC Int 1,056
MC Float 1,177
MC Mixed 1,111
167% 1,115 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 138
SC Float 149
SC Mixed 144
115% 144 Pts
QC Int 521
QC Float 597
QC Mixed 563
127% 560 Pts
MC Int 966
MC Float 1,066
MC Mixed 1,052
154% 1,028 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $380 @ launch in Oct '18
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) - $290

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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 26 days ago.

Poor

2 days ago.

❤❤❤❤


Excellent

15 days ago.

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


Terrible

2 days ago.

very bad


Good

26 days ago.


Good

11 days 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.


Poor

18 days 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.


Poor

6 days 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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