Average Bench: 120% (6th of 1144)

Based on 12,258 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EC Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9900K CPU @ 3.60GHz

Intel’s new consumer flagship CPU for 2018 is the i9-9900K, an 8 core, 16 thread, unlocked 9th generation Intel core desktop processor. It is based on the third round of optimization of Intel’s 14nm Coffee Lake architecture, which in this iteration, yields more cores. This is a retort to AMD’s 8 core 16 thread Ryzen 7 processors that launched in Q2 2018, to fill the gap before Intel releases it’s 10nm Cannon Lake based CPUs in, perhaps, late 2019. In direct proportion to the increased number of cores, average multi-core benchmarks are around 33% higher on the 8 core 9900K than the previous generation 6 core 8700K. The i9-9900K has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz, ramping up to an all-core turbo boost frequency of 4.7 GHz and a single-core turbo boost speed of 5.0 GHz (the highest frequency achieved yet from this class of Intel CPU). It features 16 MB of cache, a 95W TDP and Intel UHD graphics 630. The 9900K is compatible with the new Z390 chipset from Intel, and subject to a BIOS update, is also compatible with the Z370 chipset. This premium CPU is expected to retail at $500, which compares to around $300 for the 8 core, 16 thread Ryzen 7 2700X. Although the 9900K has around a 16% effective speed advantage over the 2700X, the Ryzen 2700X offers better value for money for most users. [Oct '18 CPUPro]

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Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i9-9900K averaged 20.1% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i9-9900K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,614Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,374Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is 36.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-9900K performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 141Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 144Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,258 samples)
Min Avg Max
109 SC Int 141 152
115 SC Float 149 162
112 SC Mixed 144 156
116% 145 Pts
Min Avg Max
433 QC Int 550 601
459 QC Float 583 640
445 QC Mixed 565 619
128% 566 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,079 MC Int 1,374 1,520
1,265 MC Float 1,614 1,771
1,188 MC Mixed 1,512 1,667
224% 1,500 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 154
SC Float 163
SC Mixed 157
126% 158 Pts
QC Int 612
QC Float 650
QC Mixed 632
143% 631 Pts
MC Int 1,529
MC Float 1,807
MC Mixed 1,694
250% 1677 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 155
SC Float 164
SC Mixed 160
128% 160 Pts
QC Int 595
QC Float 628
QC Mixed 613
139% 612 Pts
MC Int 1,503
MC Float 1731
MC Mixed 1,660
244% 1,631 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
SC Int 150
SC Float 152
SC Mixed 155
122% 152 Pts
QC Int 550
QC Float 569
QC Mixed 608
130% 576 Pts
MC Int 1,273
MC Float 1,652
MC Mixed 1462
218% 1,462 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 145
SC Float 153
SC Mixed 148
119% 149 Pts
QC Int 574
QC Float 614
QC Mixed 594
135% 594 Pts
MC Int 1,418
MC Float 1,696
MC Mixed 1,582
234% 1,565 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 13,914,546 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $500 @ launch in Oct '18
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Desktop 149%
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Workstation 147%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) - $276

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 105% - Outstanding Total price: $2,364

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor (16M Cache, up to 5.00 GHz)
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch DateQ4'18
Processor Numberi9-9900K
# of Cores8
# of Threads16
Cache16 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended Price$488.00 - $499.00
Clock Speed3.60 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency5.00 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 TechYes
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 3 months ago.

Good

1 day ago.

best ever


Poor

1 day ago.

tooo much money for slightly higher perfomance over 9700k


Excellent

14 hrs ago.

It's the fastest 8 cores


Excellent

3 days ago.

3


Good

4 days ago.

Overprice


Good

1 month ago.

No doubt it is a good processor with extra overheat on overclocking to the range above 5.0 Ghz on all 8 cores. I would recommend to buy 8700k or 8086k which give higher quad core performance w.r.t this cpu as most pcs can only use upto 4 cores in 99% of the applications. Hence 8086k 8700k 9900k


Excellent

4 days ago.

The REAL TDP is 200W, and it doesn't appear the rams ussed in the benchmark. I considder this quite inacurate. Also, the actual price is above 560€ and turbo frequency is onle one cored. Please, consider saying the truth.


Excellent

1 day ago.

big boi fast


Excellent

1 day ago.

9% better! for alot less


Good

20 days ago.

suki


Good

4 days ago.

Intel FAKE news Alert, Expensive. not worth the money


Good

5 hrs ago.

Fastest 8 core


Terrible

3 months ago.

Intel asks to much $ for this thing


Excellent

1 month ago.

Good CPU


Good

3 months ago.


Good

6 days ago.

Actually pretty good value if you have the money to spend


Terrible

13 days ago.

Again with that terrible pricing, really Intel?


Poor

2 months ago.

Not worth the high premium. Get a 9700K or a 2700X instead.


Poor

11 days ago.

Double the price of the 2700x for the same 8c/16t configuration but with each core performing ~20% better. Makes no sense for the average mid-high end user (go for a 9700k, 8700k or 2700x). Anyway, if I had to buy the BEST gaming PC possible, I would take the 9900k.


Good

3 months ago.

Nice


Good

3 months ago.

Good


Terrible

2 months ago.

Worst Value ever! Listed as 430€ but in real life it's 999 US$ right now!


Terrible

1 month ago.

full potential is only unlocked when you disable the 95w tdp and let it consume massive amounts of power while running very hot. Unless you have a high quality board for this chip, the advantages over the ryzen 7 2700x are very slight and not worth the price gap.


Excellent

10 days ago.

Great, but much money


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