Average Bench: 120% (7th of 1158)

Based on 48,427 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 20.5% 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 1,611Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,363Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is 32.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-9900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 142Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 145Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 48,427 samples)
Min Avg Max
123 SC Int 142 152
120 SC Float 150 160
118 SC Mixed 145 156
117% 146 Pts
Min Avg Max
433 QC Int 553 601
461 QC Float 585 638
446 QC Mixed 567 618
129% 568 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,064 MC Int 1,363 1,508
1,260 MC Float 1,611 1,764
1,182 MC Mixed 1,504 1,652
223% 1,493 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 4.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 151
SC Float 154
SC Mixed 146
120% 150 Pts
QC Int 598
QC Float 634
QC Mixed 594
138% 608 Pts
MC Int 1,498
MC Float 1,752
MC Mixed 1606
242% 1,619 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 145
SC Float 153
SC Mixed 144
118% 147 Pts
QC Int 574
QC Float 614
QC Mixed 591
134% 593 Pts
MC Int 1410
MC Float 1,750
MC Mixed 1,576
236% 1,579 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 141
SC Float 153
SC Mixed 148
118% 147 Pts
QC Int 564
QC Float 568
QC Mixed 582
130% 572 Pts
MC Int 1,387
MC Float 1,663
MC Mixed 1,553
229% 1,535 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 142
SC Float 150
SC Mixed 146
117% 146 Pts
QC Int 552
QC Float 579
QC Mixed 573
129% 568 Pts
MC Int 1,450
MC Float 1640
MC Mixed 1,566
232% 1,552 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,051,104 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $500 @ launch in Oct '18
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Gaming 153%
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Desktop
Desktop 149%
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Workstation
Workstation 146%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) - $290

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 115% - Outstanding Total price: $2,115

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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 7 months ago.

Good

9 hrs ago.

Best Desktp CPU ever


Good

3 days ago.

good


Excellent

7 days ago.

Awesome


Good

15 days ago.

Gereksiz pahalı arada fark çok fazla yok.


Good

8 hrs ago.

Bonjour, mon processeur i9-9900K, délidé par mes soins se maintient maintenant à des températures situées entres 25 et 27 degrés pour une fréquence au repos de 4724,11 MHz et un voltage à 1.2449 V. Je le recommande les yeux fermés. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD.


Good

12 days ago.

Best for common user for high end cpu


Good

17 days 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

2 days ago.

5000ºC temps


Excellent

4 days ago.

Its gud


Excellent

5 days ago.

Intel FAKE news Alert, Expensive. not worth the money


Terrible

15 days ago.

Intel asks to much $ for this thing


Good

1 month ago.

OP


Excellent

1 month ago.

Actually pretty good value if you have the money to spend


Excellent

5 days ago.

uncle rosco fudged me in the knee sac


Good

7 months ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

the best cpu in f***ng 2019 year


Excellent

1 month ago.

ещщ учзутышму


Excellent

11 days ago.

it is better than every AMD cpu, I also own one so I am biased


Terrible

4 months ago.

Again with that terrible pricing, really Intel?


Poor

6 months ago.

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


Good

2 months ago.

bruh


Poor

4 months 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

7 months ago.

Nice


Good

3 months ago.

Runs far too hot even with custom water cooling Has to be de lidded or its unusable If Intel fixes the heat issue with smaller fabs then great until then I sent my 4 back


Excellent

3 months ago.

Fast, faster, 9900K


Poor

2 months ago.

It is way overpriced and you would be better off getting a 9700.


Good

7 months ago.

Good


Excellent

1 month ago.

Easy overlock to 5ghz all cores without voltage bumps.


Terrible

6 months ago.

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


Terrible

5 months 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

4 months ago.

Great, but much money


Excellent

3 months ago.

Love the Turbo!


Excellent

26 days ago.

Fantastic processor at a decent price


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