Average Bench: 97.3% (31st of 1314)

Based on 360,784 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 2.7% 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. Dual Core Mixed Speed 279Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is just 19.9%. 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 93Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 995Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 360,784 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.1 Memory 93 97.4
111 1-Core 141 153
217 2-Core 279 304
96.9% 171 Pts
Min Avg Max
419 4-Core 545 605
744 8-Core 995 1,160
96.1% 770 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,130 64-Core 1,429 1,600
95.9% 1,429 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 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.7
1-Core 152
2-Core 304
104% 184 Pts
4-Core 608
8-Core 1,165
110% 887 Pts
64-Core 1,644
110% 1,644 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.8
1-Core 144
2-Core 274
96% 170 Pts
4-Core 512
8-Core 1,012
94% 762 Pts
64-Core 1,555
104% 1,555 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.1
1-Core 105
2-Core 205
80% 134 Pts
4-Core 429
8-Core 716
72% 573 Pts
64-Core 65.5
4% 65.5 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.2
1-Core 128
2-Core 245
85% 150 Pts
4-Core 449
8-Core 779
77% 614 Pts
64-Core 1392
93% 1392 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $500 @ launch in Oct '18
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Desktop 102%
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Workstation
Workstation 167%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER - $350

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 49% - Average Total price: $2,476

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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.

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5 days ago.

it is way better then a ryzen 9 3900


Good

1 month ago.

Sooooo much better than my i5 3470


Good

17 hrs ago.

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


Excellent

23 days ago.

one core really and amd uses its ram beter


Excellent

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


Terrible

3 days ago.

Very good in Viewport of 3Ds MAX


Poor

3 months ago.

Cheaper, nicer performance in games.


Good

3 months ago.

Intel asks to much $ for this thing


Good

2 years ago.


Good

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

great performance for the price


Excellent

20 months ago.

best for gaming


Average

10 months ago.

10900k


Terrible

15 months ago.

overrated


Good

2 years ago.

bruh


Excellent

1 month ago.

top gaming cpu


Poor

22 months 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

9 months ago.

not bad


Good

20 months ago.

gucci


Good

2 years ago.

Nice


Excellent

2 months ago.

very good


Excellent

19 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

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

18 months ago.

Thunder !


Terrible

2 years ago.

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


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

18 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

2 years ago.

Easy overlock to 5ghz all cores without voltage bumps.


Excellent

22 months 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

20 months ago.

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


Excellent

18 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

This is the best cpu for gaming.


Excellent

6 months ago.

Runs Destiny 2 VERY WELL and great price!!


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