Average Bench: 98.4% (8th of 1265)

Based on 242,443 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 1.5% 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 143Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 283Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is just 19.3%. 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 1,020Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 242,443 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.2 Memory 93.2 97.4
114 1-Core 143 154
229 2-Core 283 308
97.9% 173 Pts
Min Avg Max
438 4-Core 556 610
810 8-Core 1,020 1,175
98.2% 788 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,140 64-Core 1,453 1,627
97.5% 1,453 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 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 97
1-Core 151
2-Core 303
104% 184 Pts
4-Core 585
8-Core 1,154
107% 870 Pts
64-Core 1,523
102% 1,523 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.8
1-Core 150
2-Core 300
103% 182 Pts
4-Core 577
8-Core 1,140
106% 858 Pts
64-Core 1527
102% 1527 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.7
1-Core 144
2-Core 285
99% 175 Pts
4-Core 558
8-Core 936
94% 747 Pts
64-Core 1,472
99% 1,472 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.9
1-Core 151
2-Core 265
98% 170 Pts
4-Core 568
8-Core 1,007
99% 788 Pts
64-Core 1482
100% 1482 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $500 @ launch in Oct '18
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Gaming 170%
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Desktop 102%
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Workstation
Workstation 169%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER - $385

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $2,429

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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 23 months ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

2 days ago.

The CPU is an absolute monster for gaming-It probably will last another 5 years at least. Those saying that AMD has better options for gaming are obviously crazy-Even if the other RAM could be handled, it only gives ~+3FPS in most games. The same goes for heat and clock speed.


Terrible

1 day ago.

bad


Excellent

3 days ago.

Expensive and impossible to find while the performance is good but not as good as the Ryzen CPUs. The only use case where it shines is coupled with crazy high end GPU and screen to play high level competitive CS GO.


Poor

26 days ago.

one core really and amd uses its ram beter


Good

1 day 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


Good

12 days ago.

Very good in Viewport of 3Ds MAX


Good

7 days ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

Cheaper, nicer performance in games.


Good

23 months ago.


Poor

4 months ago.

Intel asks to much $ for this thing


Terrible

8 days ago.

cuz


Excellent

11 months ago.

great performance for the price


Excellent

12 months ago.

best for gaming


Average

2 months ago.

10900k


Terrible

14 months ago.

This thing has TERRIBLE value for money.


Average

7 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

23 months ago.

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


Terrible

7 months ago.

overrated


Good

19 months ago.

bruh


Poor

14 months ago.

Fast but way to expensive!


Poor

21 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

1 month ago.

not bad


Good

12 months ago.

gucci


Good

23 months ago.

Nice


Poor

15 months ago.

Not work the money, never was.


Terrible

15 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 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.


Poor

14 months ago.

Overprice.


Excellent

10 months ago.

Thunder !


Good

20 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

19 months ago.

Fast, faster, 9900K


Poor

18 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 months ago.

Absolute beast


Good

23 months ago.

Good


Terrible

23 months ago.

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


Terrible

22 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

17 months ago.

Easy overlock to 5ghz all cores without voltage bumps.


Excellent

15 months ago.

Super fast CPU!


Excellent

21 months ago.

Great, but much money


Excellent

20 months ago.

Love the Turbo!


Excellent

17 months ago.

Fantastic processor at a decent price


Excellent

12 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

This is the best cpu for gaming.


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