Average Bench: 113% (13th of 1147)

Based on 24,164 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 13.5% 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 1,006Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,146Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-9700K is 35.2%. 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 138Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 143Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 24,164 samples)
Min Avg Max
111 SC Int 138 152
118 SC Float 149 164
116 SC Mixed 143 157
115% 144 Pts
Min Avg Max
428 QC Int 537 599
468 QC Float 590 654
446 QC Mixed 561 623
127% 563 Pts
Min Avg Max
811 MC Int 1,006 1,131
915 MC Float 1,146 1,284
845 MC Mixed 1,067 1,200
160% 1,073 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 4.65 GHz (avg)
SC Int 147
SC Float 158
SC Mixed 152
122% 152 Pts
QC Int 553
QC Float 569
QC Mixed 578
128% 566 Pts
MC Int 1,049
MC Float 1,194
MC Mixed 1,115
167% 1,119 Pts
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 147
118% 148 Pts
QC Int 538
QC Float 600
QC Mixed 568
129% 569 Pts
MC Int 1,026
MC Float 1,176
MC Mixed 1,097
164% 1,100 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 138
SC Float 153
SC Mixed 145
116% 145 Pts
QC Int 546
QC Float 608
QC Mixed 566
130% 573 Pts
MC Int 1042
MC Float 1,192
MC Mixed 1,084
165% 1,106 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 136
SC Float 148
SC Mixed 142
114% 142 Pts
QC Int 551
QC Float 597
QC Mixed 554
129% 568 Pts
MC Int 1,003
MC Float 1162
MC Mixed 1,094
162% 1,086 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 133
SC Float 143
SC Mixed 140
111% 139 Pts
QC Int 530
QC Float 593
QC Mixed 552
126% 558 Pts
MC Int 1,015
MC Float 1128
MC Mixed 987
156% 1,043 Pts
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Gaming 130%
Desktop 142%
Workstation 125%

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 120% - Outstanding Total price: $1,653

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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...

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7 hrs ago.

legit my dad right here


5 days ago.

No real improvment in performance compared to 8700k, with much higher pricetag


13 days ago.

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


9 days ago.

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


5 days ago.

It does great, super fast processor as well as my first processor for my first ever custom PC! XD


11 days ago.

A good processor with great price.


20 hrs ago.

INTEL FAKE NEWS alert i7 without Hyper threading only 8 Cores


4 months ago.


4 months ago.

I have this processor and its a beast!


19 days ago.



4 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.


19 days ago.

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


2 months ago.



2 months ago.

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


4 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.


4 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.


8 days ago.

Very fast overclocksble cpu

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