Average Bench: 121% (2nd of 1137)

Based on 999 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]


Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i9-9900K averaged 21.1% 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.


Multi Core Integer Speed 1,398Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,613Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is 29.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-9900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


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

Average Bench

(Based on 999 samples)
Min Avg Max
118 SC Int 142 154
118 SC Float 150 162
120 SC Mixed 145 157
117% 146 Pts
Min Avg Max
433 QC Int 554 603
462 QC Float 586 644
449 QC Mixed 570 623
129% 570 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,107 MC Int 1,398 1,543
1,282 MC Float 1,613 1,774
1,211 MC Mixed 1,517 1,678
226% 1,510 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 150
SC Float 156
SC Mixed 153
123% 153 Pts
QC Int 567
QC Float 588
QC Mixed 575
131% 577 Pts
MC Int 1,438
MC Float 1,759
MC Mixed 1,547
236% 1,582 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 142
SC Float 151
SC Mixed 146
117% 146 Pts
QC Int 567
QC Float 600
QC Mixed 579
132% 582 Pts
MC Int 1,440
MC Float 1,651
MC Mixed 1,569
232% 1,553 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 146
SC Float 150
SC Mixed 143
117% 146 Pts
QC Int 554
QC Float 597
QC Mixed 567
130% 572 Pts
MC Int 1,433
MC Float 1,633
MC Mixed 1575
231% 1,547 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 145
SC Float 152
SC Mixed 129
114% 142 Pts
QC Int 565
QC Float 604
QC Mixed 579
132% 583 Pts
MC Int 1,447
MC Float 1,658
MC Mixed 1567
233% 1,557 Pts
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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)


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 TechYes
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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1 day ago.

I personally am a Intel fanboy XD


4 days ago.

Extremely BAD value


18 hrs ago.

Only good to heat your coffee in the morning.


2 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.


15 days ago.

Replaced the 8700k on my z370 board with the 9900k and having great results so far. Winner.


3 days ago.

kbrones, ta muy karo alv


15 days ago.

the price


29 days ago.

Intel asks to much $ for this thing


30 days ago.


2 days ago.

the price -.-


26 days ago.

Its great


11 days ago.

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


30 days ago.

Sure, why not pay twice the price of a 2700X for a tremendous 10% performance advantage ?


29 days ago.



30 days ago.



14 days ago.

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

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