Average Bench: 96.9% (33rd of 1323)

Based on 409,061 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000906EC, BFEBFBFF000906ED Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9900K CPU @ 3.60GHz

The Intel i9-9900K is an 8 core, 16 thread, unlocked 9th generation Coffee Lake processor. It has a base / boost clocks of 3.6 / 4.7 GHz and a single-core boost 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 630 graphics. The 9900K is compatible with the new Z390 chipset, and subject to a BIOS update, is also compatible with the older Z370 chipset. Aimed at users who do not wish to compromise, the i9-9900K offers the best gaming and desktop experience available at any price. Heavy workstation users should consider the Ryzen 9 3900X which is similarly priced. Comparing the overclocked 3900X shows that it is just 10% worse for gaming and desktop (sub octa-core) but around 40% better for 64-core computations. Gamers should consider the 9700K which offers identical overclocked gaming performance at a $100 USD discount. [Oct '18 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i9-9900K averaged just 3.1% lower 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

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 141Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,479Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is just 18.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-9900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Memory Latency 92.8Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 989Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 409,061 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.2 Memory 92.8 97.5
114 1-Core 141 151
223 2-Core 277 301
96.7% 170 Pts
Min Avg Max
436 4-Core 541 596
788 8-Core 989 1,135
95.4% 765 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,158 64-Core 1,479 1,633
99.3% 1,479 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 5.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 98.8
1-Core 159
2-Core 319
108% 192 Pts
4-Core 637
8-Core 1,265
117% 951 Pts
64-Core 1257
84% 1257 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.8
1-Core 151
2-Core 301
103% 183 Pts
4-Core 595
8-Core 1,096
105% 846 Pts
64-Core 1,594
107% 1,594 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.4
1-Core 142
2-Core 285
98% 173 Pts
4-Core 545
8-Core 961
94% 753 Pts
64-Core 1,521
102% 1,521 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.7
1-Core 140
2-Core 261
94% 164 Pts
4-Core 503
8-Core 912
88% 707 Pts
64-Core 1,377
92% 1,377 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.7
1-Core 129
2-Core 225
83% 145 Pts
4-Core 454
8-Core 771
77% 612 Pts
64-Core 1,164
78% 1,164 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 48,281,375 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $500 @ launch in Oct '18
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Desktop 101%
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Workstation 116%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME Z390-A - $269

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $1,421

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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 years ago.

Good

15 days ago.

this thing should be as fast as heck boi.. (i dont have it)


Good

25 days ago.

one core really and amd uses its ram beter


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

3 months ago.

Very good in Viewport of 3Ds MAX


Excellent

3 months ago.

Cheaper, nicer performance in games.


Excellent

1 month ago.

xmp1 = 10.700k alike less tdp +95


Poor

3 months ago.

still works great in 2021, quite cheap and compattable with my 4 year old motherboard :D


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

great performance for the price


Excellent

1 month ago.

I own it,good upgrade from my i5-9500kf. Overclocked it immediately,been happy with it ever since.


Excellent

2 years ago.

best for gaming


Average

16 months ago.

10900k


Terrible

21 months ago.

overrated


Good

2 years ago.

bruh


Excellent

7 months ago.

top gaming cpu


Poor

2 years ago.

Fast but way to expensive!


Poor

2 years 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

15 months ago.

not bad


Good

2 years ago.

gucci


Good

3 years ago.

Nice


Excellent

9 months ago.

very good


Excellent

2 years ago.

Insanely powerful CPU that is a monster for gaming and streaming, plus unlike any CPU AMD has it can overclock all it's cores to 5.0GHz with a good cooler.


Good

2 years 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

2 years ago.

Thunder !


Excellent

2 years ago.

Fast, faster, 9900K


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

Absolute beast


Good

3 years ago.

Good


Terrible

3 years 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

2 years ago.

Easy overlock to 5ghz all cores without voltage bumps.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Super fast CPU!


Excellent

2 years ago.

Great, but much money


Excellent

2 years ago.

Love the Turbo!


Excellent

2 years ago.

Fantastic processor at a decent price


Excellent

2 years ago.

Super stable, fast and does everything I want it to. Awesome value @ $330 (as of 09/01/2019)


Excellent

2 years ago.

Maybe AMD has recently come with good processors still Intel behaves perfectly, everything runs perfect.


Excellent

16 months ago.

This is the best cpu for gaming.


Excellent

12 months ago.

Runs Destiny 2 VERY WELL and great price!!


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