Average Bench: 99.2% (6th of 1241)

Based on 202,802 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]

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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i9-9900K averaged just 0.7% 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 143Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,042Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-9900K is just 18.9%. 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 94.3Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 283Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 202,802 samples)
Min Avg Max
88 Memory 94.3 98
111 1-Core 143 155
222 2-Core 283 308
98.3% 173 Pts
Min Avg Max
442 4-Core 558 616
819 8-Core 1,042 1,188
99.4% 800 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,185 64-Core 1,478 1,637
99.2% 1,478 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 5.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.1
1-Core 157
2-Core 314
106% 190 Pts
4-Core 628
8-Core 1,209
114% 918 Pts
64-Core 1,649
111% 1,649 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.3
1-Core 154
2-Core 306
104% 185 Pts
4-Core 606
8-Core 1,125
108% 866 Pts
64-Core 1,571
105% 1,571 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 97.1
1-Core 148
2-Core 292
101% 179 Pts
4-Core 575
8-Core 1,120
105% 848 Pts
64-Core 1,529
103% 1,529 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.4
1-Core 152
2-Core 272
99% 173 Pts
4-Core 505
8-Core 898
88% 701 Pts
64-Core 1586
106% 1586 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 1.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.4
1-Core 78.1
2-Core 136
63% 99.9 Pts
4-Core 266
8-Core 372
42% 319 Pts
64-Core 486
33% 486 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $500 @ launch in Oct '18
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) - $290

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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 19 months ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

2 days ago.

Although I highly recommend against buying this CPU nowadays I am glad I bought it when I did back in 2018. Considering it's almost 2 years old now I feel like I paid to have a CPU that was ahead of its time. It's no 4790K but I'm amazed seeing how relevant its performance figures still are.


Good

5 days ago.

Overpriced, clock speed is low with any stress. Try and run Prim 95 and you will see.


Poor

2 days ago.

düşük çok çekirdek performans


Good

4 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.


Excellent

2 days ago.

uau


Poor

18 hrs ago.

Best for common user for high end cpu


Excellent

1 day ago.

its soo good


Excellent

3 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

12 days ago.

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


Good

19 months ago.


Excellent

5 days ago.

Cheaper, nicer performance in games.


Poor

16 days ago.

Intel asks to much $ for this thing


Excellent

7 months ago.

great performance for the price


Excellent

8 months ago.

If i am understanding it right here I can compare between Processors, I know it would be lots of work, but It would be great if I can choose all the parts for two whole computers (Mother Board, Processor, memries, Video card... etc.), and then compare between the efficiency of them.


Good

1 month ago.

it is better than every AMD cpu, I also own one so I am biased


Terrible

10 months ago.

This thing has TERRIBLE value for money.


Excellent

8 months ago.

best for gaming


Average

3 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

19 months ago.

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


Terrible

3 months ago.

overrated


Good

15 months ago.

bruh


Poor

10 months ago.

Fast but way to expensive!


Poor

16 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

8 months ago.

gucci


Good

19 months ago.

Nice


Poor

10 months ago.

Not work the money, never was.


Terrible

10 months ago.

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


Excellent

8 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

10 months ago.

Overprice.


Excellent

6 months ago.

Thunder !


Good

16 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

15 months ago.

Fast, faster, 9900K


Poor

14 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

Absolute beast


Good

19 months ago.

Good


Terrible

18 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

13 months ago.

Easy overlock to 5ghz all cores without voltage bumps.


Excellent

11 months ago.

Super fast CPU!


Terrible

19 months ago.

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


Excellent

16 months ago.

Great, but much money


Excellent

16 months ago.

Love the Turbo!


Excellent

13 months ago.

Fantastic processor at a decent price


Excellent

8 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

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


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