Average Bench: 98.2% (10th of 1288)

Based on 338,200 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 1.7% 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 142Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 283Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is just 18.6%. 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 1,020Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 338,200 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.3 Memory 93.2 97.3
111 1-Core 142 154
229 2-Core 283 306
97.8% 173 Pts
Min Avg Max
440 4-Core 553 607
785 8-Core 1,020 1,161
97.9% 787 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,147 64-Core 1,455 1,606
97.7% 1,455 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 96.3
1-Core 148
2-Core 302
102% 182 Pts
4-Core 606
8-Core 1,128
108% 867 Pts
64-Core 1,536
103% 1,536 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.3
1-Core 152
2-Core 296
102% 181 Pts
4-Core 604
8-Core 1,173
110% 889 Pts
64-Core 1,453
98% 1,453 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.1
1-Core 154
2-Core 306
105% 186 Pts
4-Core 598
8-Core 1,128
107% 863 Pts
64-Core 1,592
107% 1,592 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.1
1-Core 128
2-Core 256
92% 160 Pts
4-Core 489
8-Core 900
86% 695 Pts
64-Core 1,274
86% 1,274 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.1
1-Core 109
2-Core 217
83% 140 Pts
4-Core 434
8-Core 849
79% 642 Pts
64-Core 1,139
76% 1,139 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $500 @ launch in Oct '18
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Desktop 103%
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Workstation
Workstation 168%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER - $350

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $2,371

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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.

Terrible

20 hrs ago.

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


Poor

4 days ago.

one core really and amd uses its ram beter


Poor

2 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


Terrible

25 days ago.

Very good in Viewport of 3Ds MAX


Poor

1 month ago.

Cheaper, nicer performance in games.


Good

1 month ago.

Intel asks to much $ for this thing


Good

2 years ago.


Good

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

16 months ago.

great performance for the price


Excellent

17 months ago.

best for gaming


Average

7 months ago.

10900k


Terrible

19 months ago.

This thing has TERRIBLE value for money.


Terrible

12 months ago.

overrated


Good

24 months ago.

bruh


Poor

19 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

6 months ago.

not bad


Good

17 months ago.

gucci


Good

2 years ago.

Nice


Excellent

1 day ago.

very good


Excellent

17 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

15 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

23 months ago.

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


Excellent

15 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

22 months ago.

Easy overlock to 5ghz all cores without voltage bumps.


Excellent

20 months ago.

Super fast CPU!


Excellent

2 years ago.

Great, but much money


Excellent

2 years ago.

Love the Turbo!


Excellent

22 months ago.

Fantastic processor at a decent price


Excellent

17 months ago.

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


Excellent

15 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

This is the best cpu for gaming.


Excellent

3 months ago.

Runs Destiny 2 VERY WELL and great price!!


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