Average Bench: 97.9% (58th of 1385)

Based on 354,223 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 2.0% 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. Quad Core Speed 551Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 142Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is just 15.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-9900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Octa Core Speed 981Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed 1,451Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 354,223 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.1 Memory 93.1 97.2
114 1-Core 142 153
244 2-Core 281 305
95.1% 172 Pts
Min Avg Max
477 4-Core 551 604
849 8-Core 981 1,116
92.2% 766 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,212 64-Core 1,451 1,590
89.8% 1,451 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
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)
Memory 96
1-Core 152
2-Core 305
101% 185 Pts
4-Core 584
8-Core 1,105
101% 845 Pts
64-Core 1,551
96% 1,551 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.8
1-Core 144
2-Core 290
98% 177 Pts
4-Core 573
8-Core 1,062
98% 817 Pts
64-Core 1,486
92% 1,486 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.2
1-Core 146
2-Core 291
98% 178 Pts
4-Core 576
8-Core 1,040
97% 808 Pts
64-Core 1,513
94% 1,513 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.6
1-Core 143
2-Core 284
96% 174 Pts
4-Core 536
8-Core 923
88% 730 Pts
64-Core 1,468
91% 1,468 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 69.9
1-Core 130
2-Core 268
83% 156 Pts
4-Core 502
8-Core 870
83% 686 Pts
64-Core 1,246
77% 1,246 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $500 @ launch in Oct '18
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME Z390-A - $325

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $1,639

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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 4 years ago.

Terrible

8 days ago.

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


Terrible

12 days ago.

one core really and amd uses its ram beter


Good

27 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


Poor

8 days ago.

Very good in Viewport of 3Ds MAX


Good

7 months ago.

Cheaper, nicer performance in games.


Excellent

3 months ago.

i think the best cpu from 9th generation


Good

13 days ago.

xmp1 = 10.700k alike less tdp +95


Good

4 years ago.


Excellent

13 months ago.

great performance for the price


Good

11 months ago.

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


Average

2 years ago.

10900k


Good

3 years ago.

bruh


Excellent

22 months ago.

top gaming cpu


Good

11 months ago.

Funny ppl talking about "fast" "monster gaming" "still great in 2021" (that one made me laugh as if were so technologically advanced compared to what? 2 or 3 years ago lmao) but I dont think they truly understand how CPU function... I GOT A BILLION CORES AND THREADS THAT MEANS IM FAST AS HECK BOYEEEEEE!!! Right? NO! NOT RIGHT! Its all relevant to what you're doing with the CPU! Most games/apps/programs wont even utlize more than 4 cores. My last system was a Z97 Extreme9 mobo, i7 4790k CPU OCd to 4.9 Ghz, 16 GB 2400 Mhz DDR 3 C9 RAM, 1070 GPU, etc... and I could play 99% of new games @60 FPS minimum with many @144 FPS with minor setting tweaks. People with "brand new" systems (because you know the newer the better right?) were averaging the same or slightly better depending on how well the user applied their components. Sure some systems far exceeded my roughly 7 to 8yo system but then again those systems cost over $2000 to $3000 and more. I buy everything USED or open box, etc... I got this i9 for $175 on an ebay auction and honestly its not much better than my Devils Canyon i7 for gameplay. Sure its future proofed but theres no reason for anyone to go out and buy new components every other year. Its just a waste of money.


Poor

3 years ago.

Fast but way to expensive!


Poor

4 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

2 years ago.

not bad


Good

3 years ago.

gucci


Good

4 years ago.

Nice


Excellent

23 months ago.

very good


Excellent

3 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

4 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

3 years ago.

Thunder !


Good

1 month ago.

Loved this CPU. It goes great, I've yet to fully overclock it until i get the proper cooling installed. Many people were asking me why I didn't go for an AMD CPU due to getting more value for your buck but I had wanted to buy it since I first started to build a brand new PC. I'm happy with the CPU and haven't had any issues. Used it for many heavy tasks such as gaming, mining and 3D as well as video/photo editing. The price for this, is a bit of a joke (in AU at least I can say) I think I paid around $799 or so..and it comes with 0 fan..but kinda cool packaging..? But if your not building a budget PC, this isn't an issue.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Fast, faster, 9900K


Poor

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

Absolute beast


Good

4 years ago.

Good


Terrible

4 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

3 years ago.

Easy overlock to 5ghz all cores without voltage bumps.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Super fast CPU!


Excellent

4 years ago.

Great, but much money


Excellent

3 years ago.

Love the Turbo!


Excellent

3 years ago.

Fantastic processor at a decent price


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

This is the best cpu for gaming.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Runs Destiny 2 VERY WELL and great price!!


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