Average Bench: 97.3% (15th of 1276)

Based on 332,643 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000906EC, BFEBFBFF000906ED 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 six threads, so at $350 (25% cheaper than the 9900K), the 9700K offers far better value for money to gamers. That said gamers have very little reason not to consider the i5-9600K which, when overclocked, offers almost equivalent performance at a 35% discount[Oct '18 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-9700K averaged just 2.6% 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 140Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,036Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-9700K is just 18.7%. 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 1,046Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 92.1Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 332,643 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.4 Memory 92.1 97
111 1-Core 140 153
222 2-Core 279 306
96.4% 170 Pts
Min Avg Max
440 4-Core 550 611
790 8-Core 1,036 1,185
98.4% 793 Pts
Min Avg Max
813 64-Core 1,046 1,188
70.2% 1,046 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.4
1-Core 146
2-Core 292
101% 178 Pts
4-Core 579
8-Core 1,071
103% 825 Pts
64-Core 1,084
73% 1,084 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.9
1-Core 143
2-Core 285
100% 176 Pts
4-Core 567
8-Core 1,068
101% 817 Pts
64-Core 1,105
74% 1,105 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.9
1-Core 146
2-Core 290
100% 177 Pts
4-Core 572
8-Core 1,133
105% 853 Pts
64-Core 1,128
76% 1,128 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.6
1-Core 143
2-Core 268
96% 168 Pts
4-Core 551
8-Core 1,117
102% 834 Pts
64-Core 1,096
74% 1,096 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 85
1-Core 135
2-Core 277
92% 166 Pts
4-Core 559
8-Core 1,016
98% 787 Pts
64-Core 1,027
69% 1,027 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $380 @ launch in Oct '18
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Workstation 110%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME Z390-A - $172

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $1,205

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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 2 years ago.

Excellent

2 days ago.

one of the best processors i ever had


Good

2 months ago.

It's a great processor paired with GTX 2070S


Poor

1 day ago.

Little pricey but has good performance.


Excellent

4 days ago.

Do any of you who are saying that its not have hiperthreading and only 8 cores know that it performs same that an 8700k with 6/12 threads? Moreover, gaming wise, a cpu with hiperthreading will ALWAYS perform better at gaming disabling it! Just get some information befor misguiding people


Good

2 years ago.


Good

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

simply better no fks given about a lower capability


Liked

3 hrs ago.

Comment 

Great for most application due to having 8 cores. Hyperthreading only increases performance in highly multi-threaded workloads like video editing. Background apps like discord or chrome usually only consumes 1% - 5% of the CPU so hyperthreading will not make a difference. In fact, (some) games are more dependent on latency than the actual performance of the cores. The 9700k has one of the lowest latency cores in a CPU so for gaming, the 9700k is excellent and should be more than enough to futureproof as games are only recently optimizing for 6 cores, leaving headroom for future games that can use 8 cores. Overall the 9700k is a great value for the price (but it depends on where you live) if you game frequently on your computer and do not wish to bottleneck the next GPU you put in your system, something that will happen on the 3700x or 3600 for example, due to having high latency between cores.—Nov '20


Excellent

11 months ago.

I have this processor and its a beast!


Terrible

19 months ago.

price SUCKS


Good

2 years 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.


Excellent

23 months ago.

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


Terrible

2 years ago.

발열


Excellent

9 months ago.

Its coffee lake processor and i must use it because for gaming will be best than AMD


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

14 months ago.

yezr ill have 3 more plz


Poor

2 years 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.


Poor

2 years 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.


Good

16 months ago.

Spectacular gaming CPU that can overclock very well


Excellent

1 month ago.

bought for $200. replacing 8700k to get rid of hyperthreading. very nice processor for not an extreme core count and keeping latency down. the i5-9600k just don't got those 2 extra cores that help a lot @the esp-user guy: this performs better than an 8700k. it has issues with high core workloads, but obviously that's not its main selling point.


Excellent

12 months ago.

My current CPU, it was a huge Upgrade from my Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and i'm very happy with it.


Excellent

22 months ago.

Very fast overclocksble cpu


Excellent

12 months ago.

So nice ^^


Good

9 months ago.

Good Gaming performence but to expensive.(not HT)


Excellent

21 months ago.

Fast, powerful and cool


Excellent

13 months ago.

its great and powerful it does out preform my old i7 8700k. The only downside is no hyperthreading technology. Its still a beast.


Excellent

19 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

Super Nice


Excellent

6 months ago.

One of the best processor. The price is now good to buy it


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