Average Bench: 98% (13th of 1276)

Based on 265,680 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 1.9% 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 142Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 281Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is 20.6%. 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 93.2Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,016Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 265,680 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.8 Memory 93.2 97.6
111 1-Core 142 154
221 2-Core 281 307
97.5% 172 Pts
Min Avg Max
435 4-Core 551 612
778 8-Core 1,016 1,187
97.6% 784 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,144 64-Core 1,455 1,610
97.6% 1,455 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.3
1-Core 147
2-Core 293
101% 179 Pts
4-Core 580
8-Core 1,118
105% 849 Pts
64-Core 1538
103% 1538 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.5
1-Core 146
2-Core 290
100% 177 Pts
4-Core 570
8-Core 1,060
101% 815 Pts
64-Core 1,510
101% 1,510 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.7
1-Core 149
2-Core 294
98% 177 Pts
4-Core 550
8-Core 1,146
104% 848 Pts
64-Core 1,477
99% 1,477 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 95
1-Core 126
2-Core 249
91% 157 Pts
4-Core 493
8-Core 867
85% 680 Pts
64-Core 1,344
90% 1,344 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.3
1-Core 143
2-Core 279
95% 169 Pts
4-Core 507
8-Core 864
86% 686 Pts
64-Core 1,414
95% 1,414 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $500 @ launch in Oct '18
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Desktop 102%
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Workstation 166%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER - $385

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $2,316

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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 2 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

6 hrs ago.

Great performance, and runs Destiny 2 very well


Excellent

3 hrs ago.

have it for almost 2 years, still love it


Excellent

10 days ago.

I like processor Intel quality and performance


Excellent

3 days ago.

one core really and amd uses its ram beter


Poor

7 hrs 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


Terrible

1 day ago.

Very good in Viewport of 3Ds MAX


Poor

25 days ago.

It sucks so cringe who uses it nowadays


Good

11 days ago.

Bad price to performance and draws a lot of power. My cooler has trouble keeping up and I just bought it. Regret buying it and wish I had gotten the 3800X instead


Good

2 months ago.

just to make balanced comparision to 3900x results are very wrong


Excellent

4 months ago.

Cheaper, nicer performance in games.


Good

2 years ago.


Good

1 month ago.

Intel asks to much $ for this thing


Excellent

13 months ago.

great performance for the price


Excellent

14 months ago.

best for gaming


Average

4 months ago.

10900k


Terrible

16 months ago.

This thing has TERRIBLE value for money.


Average

9 months ago.

I wouldn't recommend this as you can get near similar performance from the 9700K in gaming and there are other options out there for multitasking


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Terrible

9 months ago.

overrated


Good

21 months ago.

bruh


Poor

16 months ago.

Fast but way to expensive!


Poor

23 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

3 months ago.

not bad


Good

14 months ago.

gucci


Good

2 years ago.

Nice


Poor

16 months ago.

Not work the money, never was.


Terrible

16 months ago.

When I actually test it is good gaming but not significantly in productivity


Excellent

14 months 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

22 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


Poor

16 months ago.

Overprice.


Excellent

12 months ago.

Thunder !


Terrible

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

21 months ago.

Fast, faster, 9900K


Poor

20 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 months ago.

Absolute beast


Good

2 years ago.

Good


Terrible

2 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

19 months ago.

Easy overlock to 5ghz all cores without voltage bumps.


Excellent

17 months ago.

Super fast CPU!


Excellent

23 months ago.

Great, but much money


Excellent

22 months ago.

Love the Turbo!


Excellent

19 months ago.

Fantastic processor at a decent price


Excellent

14 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 months ago.

This is the best cpu for gaming.


Excellent

21 days ago.

Runs Destiny 2 VERY WELL and great price!!


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