Average Bench: 99.7% (4th of 1206)

Based on 133,860 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 but at a 35% discount[Oct '18 CPUPro]

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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-9700K averaged just 0.3% 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. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,077Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 143Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-9700K is 30.5%. 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 1,087Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 285Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 133,860 samples)
Min Avg Max
112 1-Core 143 156
224 2-Core 285 312
101% 214 Pts
Min Avg Max
448 4-Core 565 623
842 8-Core 1,077 1,220
102% 821 Pts
Min Avg Max
868 64-Core 1,087 1,223
73% 1,087 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 159
2-Core 316
112% 238 Pts
4-Core 637
8-Core 1,228
115% 932 Pts
64-Core 1,239
83% 1,239 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
1-Core 150
2-Core 290
104% 220 Pts
4-Core 570
8-Core 1,138
105% 854 Pts
64-Core 1,134
76% 1,134 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
1-Core 151
2-Core 296
105% 224 Pts
4-Core 563
8-Core 1,139
104% 851 Pts
64-Core 1,144
77% 1,144 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
1-Core 143
2-Core 286
101% 214 Pts
4-Core 572
8-Core 1,067
102% 819 Pts
64-Core 1,064
71% 1,064 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
1-Core 142
2-Core 279
99% 210 Pts
4-Core 551
8-Core 1,075
100% 813 Pts
64-Core 1,074
72% 1,074 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $380 @ launch in Oct '18
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Desktop 136%
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Workstation 113%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING - $230

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $1,468

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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 15 months ago.

Terrible

3 days ago.

It's a great processor paired with GTX 2070S


Good

5 days ago.

best choice for game


Poor

1 day ago.

Good for the price


Good

5 days ago.

Little pricey but has good performance.


Excellent

9 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

4 days ago.

It gave me herpes


Excellent

12 days ago.

Intel just does it better . . .


Poor

14 days ago.

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


Good

15 months ago.


Terrible

4 months ago.

I have this processor and its a beast!


Terrible

6 months 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.


Terrible

1 month ago.

anyone know why some reviews are getting deleted


Good

14 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

7 months ago.

price SUCKS


Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Terrible

12 months ago.

발열


Poor

6 months 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

13 months ago.

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


Poor

14 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

2 months ago.

yezr ill have 3 more plz


Poor

15 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

6 months ago.

No hyperthreding


Good

3 months ago.

Spectacular gaming CPU that can overclock very well


Excellent

10 months ago.

Very fast overclocksble cpu


Excellent

8 days ago.

So nice ^^


Excellent

9 months ago.

Fast, powerful and cool


Excellent

1 month 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

7 months ago.

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


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