Average Bench: 114% (13th of 1158)

Based on 36,932 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 13.7% 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 1,008Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,148Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-9700K is 36.4%. 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 139Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 144Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 36,932 samples)
Min Avg Max
108 SC Int 139 151
117 SC Float 150 163
113 SC Mixed 144 157
115% 144 Pts
Min Avg Max
423 QC Int 538 599
468 QC Float 592 650
438 QC Mixed 561 623
128% 564 Pts
Min Avg Max
790 MC Int 1,008 1,139
905 MC Float 1,148 1,291
844 MC Mixed 1,068 1,200
161% 1,075 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 4.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 150
SC Float 162
SC Mixed 155
125% 156 Pts
QC Int 586
QC Float 615
QC Mixed 615
137% 605 Pts
MC Int 1,179
MC Float 1,280
MC Mixed 1,237
184% 1,232 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 140
SC Float 151
SC Mixed 145
116% 145 Pts
QC Int 546
QC Float 598
QC Mixed 564
129% 570 Pts
MC Int 1,024
MC Float 1,154
MC Mixed 1,070
162% 1,082 Pts
U3E1, 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 552
QC Float 598
QC Mixed 560
129% 570 Pts
MC Int 1,050
MC Float 1185
MC Mixed 1111
167% 1,115 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 146
SC Float 158
SC Mixed 146
120% 150 Pts
QC Int 459
QC Float 479
QC Mixed 465
106% 468 Pts
MC Int 873
MC Float 962
MC Mixed 911
137% 915 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,051,104 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $380 @ launch in Oct '18
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Typical Core i7-9700K Builds (Compare 7,366 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 131%
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Desktop
Desktop 143%
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Workstation
Workstation 125%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING - $229

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 125% - Outstanding Total price: $1,582

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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 7 months ago.

Good

11 hrs ago.

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


Excellent

2 days ago.

needs more threads


Excellent

18 days ago.

8 cores without HT? Must be a joke.


Excellent

1 day ago.

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


Good

10 days ago.

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


Poor

1 month ago.

Despite offering similar performance to the i7-8700K, thanks to the soldered thermal interface and lack of hyper-threading, this CPU has better overclocking potential.


Good

28 days ago.

A good processor with great price.


Good

6 days ago.

I have it and its amazing


Excellent

1 month ago.

INTEL FAKE NEWS alert i7 without Hyper threading only 8 Cores


Poor

13 days ago.

terrible value


Good

7 months ago.


Good

13 days ago.

love it


Excellent

6 months ago.

I have this processor and its a beast!


Excellent

27 days ago.

Good CPU


Excellent

17 days ago.

Good


Good

6 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.


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Terrible

4 months ago.

발열


Poor

4 months ago.

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


Poor

6 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.


Poor

6 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.

Very fast overclocksble cpu


Excellent

20 days ago.

Fast, powerful and cool


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