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Intel Core i5-9600K Desktop CPU Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Alex Alderson), 01/27/2019

The battle for the hexa-core crown. The Intel Core i5-9600K is the latest Coffee Lake desktop processor that we have in for review. The hexa-core CPU offers almost the same specifications as its predecessor but with a ramped-up clock speed. Read on to find out how the Core i5-9600K fares against its competitors and how it performs in our various benchmarks and tests.

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Intel Core i5-9600K - six cores and six threads

We have already tested the Intel Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K, but now it is time for us to put the smaller sibling through its paces. The Core i5-9600K is a hexa-core chip based on Intel’s Coffee Lake architecture, which the company introduced in October 2018. The processor has a 3.7 GHz base clock that can Turbo Boost up to 4.6 GHz, but it does not support Intel Hyper-Threading technology, so it can only execute up to six threads simultaneously. Intel manufacturers the Core i5-9600K and its other Coffee Lake CPUs on the second refinement of its 14 nm FinFET process, which it markets as 14 nm ++. The Core i5-9600K has an unlocked multiplier like other Intel K series processors, which makes the CPU relatively easy to overclock. It is worth keeping in mind that the Core i5-9600K requires a Z390 chipset motherboard and a decent cooler.

The Core i5-9600K should be powerful enough for demanding applications and around 10 to 15% faster than its predecessor, the Core i5-8600K, thanks to architectural improvements and slightly higher clock speeds. The Core i5-9600K integrates an Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU that can clock up to 1.15 GHz, like it can on the Core i5-8600K. Hence, the two CPUs should have identical GPU performance and are powerful enough to play older games at reduced graphics levels.

Intel states that the Core i5-9600K has a 95 W thermal design power (TDP), but the processor will consume up to 150 W and beyond if overclocked. Correspondingly, we would recommend using a more powerful cooler if you plan to overclock the Core i5-9600K.

Intel Core i5-9600K
Intel Core i5-9600K
Intel Core i5-9600K
Intel Core i5-9600K
Intel Core i5-9600K
Intel Core i5-9600K

An overview of the 8th and 9th generation Intel Core CPUs

Model - 8th generation Cores/Threads Base Clock Turbo 1/2/4/6/8 Cores (GHz) L3 Cache Graphics TDP Launch Price
Intel Core i7-8700K 6/12 3.7 GHz 4.7/4.6/4.4/4.3 12 MB UHD 630 95 W US$359
Intel Core i5-8600K 6/6 3.6 GHz 4.3/4.2/4.2/4.1 9 MB UHD 630 95 W US$257
Model - 9th generation Cores/Threads Base Clock Turbo 1/2/4/6/8 Cores (GHz) L3 Cache Graphics TDP Launch Price
Intel Core i9-9900K 8/16 3.6 GHz 5.0/5.0/4.8/4.7/4.7 16 MB UHD 630 95 W US$488
Intel Core i7-9700K 8/8 3.6 GHz 4.9/4.8/4.7/4.6/4.6 12 MB UHD 630 95 W US$374
Intel Core i5-9600K 6/6 3.7 GHz 4.6/4.5/4.4/4.3 9 MB UHD 630 95 W US$262

The Test System

Caseking kindly provided us with the AIO, case, and the processor for our test system.
Caseking kindly provided us with the AIO, case, and the processor for our test system.

We used the ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming as the basis of our test system and paired it with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM from G-Skill. The RAM clocks at 3,400 MHz and was set as an XMP profile in the BIOS. We left all other BIOS settings untouched until we tried overclocking the CPU. Caseking kindly sent us a Raijintek AIO that has a 360° radiator and also supplied us with an open-frame Raijintek case, to which the company added the Notebookcheck logo, which was a nice touch.

We also equipped our test system with the same GPU that we used for our Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 reviews to provide more consistent results against which we could compare the Core i5-9600K. We have included the power consumption of these components in our power consumption tables in subsequent sections.

We installed Windows 10 on a 240 GB SanDisk Ultra II and equipped our test system with a 480 GB Intel Optane SSD 905P drive. The 905P is an M.2 drive, which utilises the NVMe protocol for fast data transmission.

An overview of our test system

ASUS and Caseking supplied us with the following hardware for our benchmarks and tests:

  • Intel Core i5-9600K
  • ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming (BIOS 0506, Default Settings, XMP 1 for DDR4-3400)
  • G-Skill Sniper X DDR4-3400 2 x 8 GB
  • Raijintek Orcus 360 (AIO)
  • Raijintek PEAN Benchtable

We also used the following hardware:

  • XFX AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  • LC Power 1,200 W Power Supply
  • SanDisk Ultra II 240 GB
  • Intel Optane SSD 905P 480GB

CPU Benchmarks

The Core i5-9600K finished between the two AMD Ryzen 5 APUs in CPU benchmarks, although it scored just 8% less than the Core i7-9700K in the Cinebench R15 single-core benchmark. The Core i5-9600K performs comparatively poorly in multi-core benchmarks though, primarily because it supports fewer threads than our comparison CPUs. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X can execute up to 12 threads compared to the Core i5-9600K’s six, which is why the former scored 16% more in CB R15 Multi.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
Intel Extreme Utility
Intel Extreme Utility (Benchmark)
 
 
Performance Rating
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
74.2 pt ∼74%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
72.9 pt ∼73%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
71 pt ∼71%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
70.6 pt ∼71%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
69.3 pt ∼69%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
67.8 pt ∼68%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
66.3 pt ∼66%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
64 pt ∼64%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
60.5 pt ∼61%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
57.6 pt ∼58%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
57.5 pt ∼58%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
55.8 pt ∼56%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
54.4 pt ∼54%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
213 Points ∼98%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
208 Points ∼95%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
193 Points ∼89%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
192.74 Points ∼88%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
187 Points ∼86%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
178 Points ∼82%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
176 Points ∼81%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
176 Points ∼81%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
173 Points ∼79%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
163 Points ∼75%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
161 Points ∼74%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
159 Points ∼73%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
159 Points ∼73%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4376 Points ∼100%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
3110 Points ∼71%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
2944 Points ∼67%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2628 Points ∼60%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
2148 (min: 2133.11, max: 2158.31) Points ∼49%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2040 Points ∼47%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1801 Points ∼41%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1551 Points ∼35%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1433 Points ∼33%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1341 Points ∼31%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1316 Points ∼30%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1270 Points ∼29%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1094 Points ∼25%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2.44 Points ∼100%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2.37 Points ∼97%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2.24 Points ∼92%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
2.2 Points ∼90%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2.11 Points ∼86%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.96 Points ∼80%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.95 Points ∼80%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.9 Points ∼78%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.9 Points ∼78%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.81 Points ∼74%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.78 Points ∼73%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.76 Points ∼72%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
1.73 Points ∼71%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
27.07 Points ∼61%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
23.88 Points ∼54%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
23.13 Points ∼52%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
21.63 Points ∼49%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
21.6 Points ∼49%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
18.68 Points ∼42%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
17.55 Points ∼40%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
16.71 Points ∼38%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
15.83 Points ∼36%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
14.56 Points ∼33%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
13.71 Points ∼31%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
13.61 Points ∼31%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
10.98 Points ∼25%
Blender 2.79 - ---
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
444.4 Seconds * ∼5%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
375.7 Seconds * ∼4%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
353.5 Seconds * ∼4%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
350 Seconds * ∼4%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
308.3 Seconds * ∼3%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
307 Seconds * ∼3%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
264 Seconds * ∼3%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
219.2 Seconds * ∼2%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
181.4 Seconds * ∼2%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
163 Seconds * ∼2%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
152.7 Seconds * ∼2%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
110.7 Seconds * ∼1%
wPrime 2.0x
1024m
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
176.155 s * ∼2%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
140.9 s * ∼2%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
133.8 s * ∼2%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
130.519 s * ∼2%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
129.095 s * ∼2%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
120.467 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
96.622 s * ∼1%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
85.558 s * ∼1%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
76 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
61.771 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
55.07 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
53.159 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
38.487 s * ∼0%
32m
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
6.033 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5.5 s * ∼1%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5.341 s * ∼1%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5.203 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5.141 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4.62 s * ∼1%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4.491 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4.186 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4.156 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
3.484 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
3.34 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
3.032 s * ∼1%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
2.91 s * ∼1%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
18 fps ∼59%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
17.5 fps ∼58%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
16.9 fps ∼56%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
16.3 fps ∼54%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
15.2 fps ∼50%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
13 fps ∼43%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
10.8 fps ∼36%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
9.51 fps ∼31%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8.02 fps ∼26%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7.79 fps ∼26%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
144.88 (min: 143.48, max: 145.54) fps ∼4%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
134.26 (min: 133.84, max: 135.07) fps ∼3%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
131 (min: 131, max: 132) fps ∼3%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
121 fps ∼3%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
120.5 (min: 116, max: 121) fps ∼3%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
116.5 (min: 115, max: 117) fps ∼3%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
104.5 fps ∼3%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
94.85 (min: 94.7, max: 95) fps ∼2%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
89.715 (min: 89.5, max: 89.85) fps ∼2%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
82.1 (min: 82, max: 82.4) fps ∼2%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
80.5 fps ∼2%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
74.96 (min: 74.84, max: 75.82) fps ∼2%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
68.75 (min: 68.3, max: 69) fps ∼2%
Pass 1
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
270 (min: 265, max: 272) fps ∼100%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
270 (min: 270, max: 271) fps ∼100%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
250 (min: 250, max: 250) fps ∼93%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
230 (min: 228, max: 231) fps ∼85%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
226.7 fps ∼84%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
217 fps ∼80%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
208.5 (min: 207, max: 210) fps ∼77%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
207.4 fps ∼77%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
205.295 (min: 204.6, max: 207.33) fps ∼76%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
202.305 (min: 200.47, max: 203.47) fps ∼75%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
202 (min: 198, max: 202) fps ∼75%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
195.71 (min: 195.08, max: 196.35) fps ∼72%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
189.58 (min: 188.03, max: 193.43) fps ∼70%
WinRAR - Result
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8518 KB/s ∼100%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7435 KB/s ∼87%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7396 KB/s ∼87%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
5918 KB/s ∼69%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5903 KB/s ∼69%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4779 KB/s ∼56%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4669 KB/s ∼55%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4599 KB/s ∼54%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4548 KB/s ∼53%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4517 KB/s ∼53%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4440 KB/s ∼52%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4261 KB/s ∼50%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
4150 KB/s ∼49%
TrueCrypt
Serpent Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.9 GB/s ∼86%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
1.8 GB/s ∼82%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.8 GB/s ∼82%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.6 GB/s ∼73%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
1.2 GB/s ∼55%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.2 GB/s ∼55%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1 GB/s ∼45%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
0.899 GB/s ∼41%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
0.78 GB/s ∼35%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
0.774 GB/s ∼35%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
0.732 GB/s ∼33%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
0.668 GB/s ∼30%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
0.43 GB/s ∼20%
Twofish Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
3 GB/s ∼81%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
2.9 GB/s ∼78%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2.9 GB/s ∼78%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
2.6 GB/s ∼70%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
2.1 GB/s ∼57%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.9 GB/s ∼51%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.6 GB/s ∼43%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.4 GB/s ∼38%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.3 GB/s ∼35%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1.2 GB/s ∼32%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1 GB/s ∼27%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
1 GB/s ∼27%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
0.629 GB/s ∼17%
AES Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
19.5 GB/s ∼94%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
19 GB/s ∼92%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
16.2 GB/s ∼78%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
12.2 GB/s ∼59%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
12.1 GB/s ∼58%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
11.5 GB/s ∼56%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
10.6 GB/s ∼51%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
9 GB/s ∼43%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8.1 GB/s ∼39%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8 GB/s ∼39%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7.5 GB/s ∼36%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5.6 GB/s ∼27%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4.9 GB/s ∼24%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
36198 Points ∼63%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
35922 Points ∼62%
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
34233 Points ∼59%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
32029 Points ∼56%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
29659 Points ∼52%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
28877 Points ∼50%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
25919 Points ∼45%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
24546 Points ∼43%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
22776 Points ∼40%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
21616 Points ∼38%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
20633 Points ∼36%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel Core i9-9900K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
6339 Points ∼100%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
6043 Points ∼95%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5783 Points ∼91%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4999 Points ∼79%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4953 Points ∼78%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4903 Points ∼77%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4706 Points ∼74%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4681 Points ∼74%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4631 Points ∼73%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4463 Points ∼70%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
4304 Points ∼68%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
3400, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
17834 Points ∼92%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
17222 Points ∼89%
Intel Core i7-9700K
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
16091 Points ∼83%
Intel Core i9-7900X
3300, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
15260 Points ∼78%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
15025 Points ∼77%
Intel Core i7-8700K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
15013 Points ∼77%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
3500, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
14247 Points ∼73%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
3200, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
13959 Points ∼72%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
3400, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
12405 Points ∼64%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
3000, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
12297 Points ∼63%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
3600, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
12074 Points ∼62%
Intel Core i5-9600K
3700, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
11938 Points ∼61%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark loop

We also subjected the Core i5-9600K to a Cinebench R15 Multi loop to test how well it maintained its performance under sustained load. As the graphs below demonstrate, our test CPU performed consistently even after around 40 minutes and 60 pass-throughs of the looped benchmark.

The Core i5-9600K consistently clocked at 4.3 GHz across all cores without thermal throttling. The CPU averaged 998 points in our CB R15 Multi loop and peaked at around 1,005 points. Please note that these scores are lower than the one we achieved in our single CB R15 Multi test because we ran HWiNFO during our looped benchmark, which consumed some additional CPU resources.

Intel Core i5-9600K during the benchmark loop
Intel Core i5-9600K during the benchmark loop
Our test system’s power consumption during the CB R15 benchmark loop
Our test system’s power consumption during the CB R15 benchmark loop

Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark loop results

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Game Performance

The Core i5-9600K is well suited for use as a gaming CPU. The processor finishes a few percent behind its Coffee Lake siblings in our gaming tests, although it does not throttle like our Core i9-9900K test sample did. Interestingly, the Core i5-9600K outscored the Core i7-8700K, despite the former supporting up to 12 threads, which underlines the degree to which Intel has improved its chips between generations.

Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
100 pt ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
94.9 pt ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
93.5 pt ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
91.5 pt ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
89.7 pt ∼90%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
83.9 pt ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
82.7 pt ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
81.9 pt ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
81.8 pt ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
81.5 pt ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
81.2 pt ∼81%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
77.6 pt ∼78%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
69.7 pt ∼70%
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
67 (min: 30, max: 125) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
60 (min: 31, max: 107) fps ∼90%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
53 fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
51 fps ∼76%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
51 fps ∼76%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
50 (min: 25, max: 75) fps ∼75%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
48 fps ∼72%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
42 (min: 19, max: 68) fps ∼63%
1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
120 (min: 52, max: 163) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
101 fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
101 fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
95 (min: 32, max: 146) fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
92 fps ∼77%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
87 fps ∼73%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
73 (min: 20, max: 101) fps ∼61%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
57 (min: 20, max: 87) fps ∼48%
Forza Horizon 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
132 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
131 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
131 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
130 fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
125 fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
121 fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
117 fps ∼89%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
112 fps ∼85%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
258 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
252 fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
236 fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
234 fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
200 fps ∼78%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
187 fps ∼72%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
155 fps ∼60%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
141 fps ∼55%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
103 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
91 fps ∼88%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
91 fps ∼88%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
91 fps ∼88%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
89 fps ∼86%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
88 fps ∼85%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
85 fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
84 fps ∼82%
1280x720 Lowest Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
210 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
207 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
188 fps ∼90%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
183 fps ∼87%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
137 fps ∼65%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
127 fps ∼60%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
117 fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
107 fps ∼51%
Far Cry 5
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
117 (min: 106, max: 137) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
111 (min: 90, max: 128) fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
111 (min: 90, max: 125) fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
99 (min: 78, max: 124) fps ∼85%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
98 (min: 75, max: 125) fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
96 (min: 75, max: 121) fps ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
94 (min: 74, max: 117) fps ∼80%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
92 (min: 108, max: 123) fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
87 (min: 66, max: 116) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
80 (min: 64, max: 107) fps ∼68%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
80 (min: 61, max: 108) fps ∼68%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
60 (min: 50, max: 74) fps ∼51%
1280x720 Low Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
167 (min: 136, max: 227) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
155 (min: 117, max: 213) fps ∼93%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
146 (min: 117, max: 194) fps ∼87%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
144 (min: 114, max: 194) fps ∼86%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
125 (min: 99, max: 171) fps ∼75%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
122 (min: 97, max: 162) fps ∼73%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
118 (min: 90, max: 159) fps ∼71%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
114 (min: 89, max: 154) fps ∼68%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
108 (min: 86, max: 144) fps ∼65%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
100 (min: 82, max: 133) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
96 (min: 77, max: 116) fps ∼57%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
71 (min: 59, max: 88) fps ∼43%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1920x1080 High Quality
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
62.5 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
62.2 (min: 40, max: 92) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
61.4 (min: 39, max: 99) fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
61 (min: 38, max: 93) fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
60.4 (min: 35, max: 93) fps ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
59.8 (min: 33, max: 93) fps ∼96%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
58.9 (min: 23, max: 92) fps ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
58.5 (min: 23, max: 92) fps ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
58.5 (min: 23, max: 92) fps ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
57.5 (min: 33, max: 89) fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
56.7 (min: 20, max: 89) fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
55 (min: 19, max: 86) fps ∼88%
1280x720 Lite Quality
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
172.1 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
164.4 (min: 87, max: 226) fps ∼96%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
163 (min: 94, max: 215) fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
162.5 (min: 95, max: 219) fps ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
145.6 (min: 94, max: 177) fps ∼85%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
144.5 (min: 108, max: 167) fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
143 (min: 98, max: 201) fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
141.5 (min: 72, max: 177) fps ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
133.6 (min: 88, max: 191) fps ∼78%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
133.4 (min: 78, max: 177) fps ∼78%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
109.3 (min: 63, max: 133) fps ∼64%
Assassin´s Creed Origins
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
74 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
70 fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
68 fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
67 fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
67 fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
67 fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
63 fps ∼85%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
59 fps ∼80%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
57 (min: 6, max: 93) fps ∼77%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
57 fps ∼77%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
49 fps ∼66%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
105 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
104 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
95 fps ∼90%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
84 fps ∼80%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
84 fps ∼80%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
81 fps ∼77%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
76 fps ∼72%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
70 fps ∼67%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
68 (min: 34, max: 93) fps ∼65%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
67 fps ∼64%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
58 fps ∼55%
Battlefield 1
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
148 (min: 134, max: 173) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
147.7 (min: 137, max: 155) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
146.6 (min: 136, max: 172) fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
145.1 (min: 131, max: 167) fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
145 (min: 131, max: 159) fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
137.8 (min: 120, max: 145) fps ∼93%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
136 (min: 123, max: 142) fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
135.6 (min: 124, max: 152) fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
135.2 (min: 124, max: 148) fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
127.1 (min: 116, max: 144) fps ∼86%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
125.7 (min: 117, max: 135) fps ∼85%
1280x720 Low Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
200 (min: 173, max: 201) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
200 (min: 186, max: 201) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
200 (min: 197, max: 201) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
200 (min: 196, max: 201) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
199.1 (min: 182, max: 201) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
197.6 (min: 183, max: 201) fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
196.2 (min: 185, max: 201) fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
181.4 (min: 141, max: 194) fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
179.8 (min: 166, max: 190) fps ∼90%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
173 (min: 161, max: 185) fps ∼87%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
158.8 (min: 147, max: 174) fps ∼79%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
105.7 (min: 90, max: 116) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
101 (min: 85, max: 113) fps ∼96%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
100.8 (min: 86, max: 111) fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
99 (min: 85, max: 112) fps ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
95.1 (min: 82, max: 106) fps ∼90%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
94.7 (min: 78, max: 106) fps ∼90%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
94.2 (min: 83, max: 101) fps ∼89%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
94 (min: 82, max: 103) fps ∼89%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
94 (min: 85, max: 106) fps ∼89%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
91.5 (min: 82, max: 103) fps ∼87%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
91.3 (min: 79, max: 101) fps ∼86%
1024x768 Lowest Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
305.2 (min: 278, max: 339) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
305.1 (min: 289, max: 344) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
291 (min: 276, max: 314) fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
287 (min: 271, max: 305) fps ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
281.7 (min: 266, max: 303) fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
263.8 (min: 256, max: 274) fps ∼86%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
263.7 (min: 256, max: 276) fps ∼86%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
262.2 (min: 252, max: 300) fps ∼86%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
258.9 (min: 230, max: 274) fps ∼85%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
253.2 (min: 243, max: 262) fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
244.8 (min: 237, max: 255) fps ∼80%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
97 (min: 80, max: 112) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
80.9 (min: 68, max: 87) fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
80.1 (min: 69, max: 87) fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
79.4 (min: 70, max: 86) fps ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
79 (min: 68, max: 86) fps ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
78.8 (min: 51, max: 86) fps ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
77.3 (min: 66, max: 83) fps ∼80%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
77 (min: 67, max: 84) fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
77 (min: 65, max: 83) fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
73.3 (min: 62, max: 82) fps ∼76%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
73.3 (min: 62, max: 80) fps ∼76%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
69.4 (min: 58, max: 76) fps ∼72%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
349 (min: 260, max: 392) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
332.1 (min: 289, max: 377) fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
332 (min: 296, max: 363) fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
331.9 (min: 307, max: 360) fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
318.2 (min: 289, max: 352) fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
298.7 (min: 259, max: 354) fps ∼86%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
293.6 (min: 258, max: 337) fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
285.1 (min: 259, max: 331) fps ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
284.8 (min: 216, max: 294) fps ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
283.7 (min: 248, max: 321) fps ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
258.5 (min: 219, max: 295) fps ∼74%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
240.2 (min: 158, max: 270) fps ∼69%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
38335 Points ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
31711 Points ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
31548 Points ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
31265 Points ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
30395 Points ∼79%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (27881 - 31877, n=13)
30286 Points ∼79%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
29935 Points ∼78%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
29826 Points ∼78%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
29285 Points ∼76%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
28493 Points ∼74%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
28462 Points ∼74%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
27881 Points ∼73%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
27632 Points ∼72%
Average of class
  (-1 - 50983, n=3170)
5473 Points ∼14%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
9635 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
9463 Points ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
7284 Points ∼76%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
7221 Points ∼75%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
7206 Points ∼75%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
7183 Points ∼75%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
7129 Points ∼74%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
7044 Points ∼73%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (6530 - 7284, n=14)
7024 Points ∼73%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
7019 Points ∼73%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
6824 Points ∼71%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
6815 Points ∼71%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6673 Points ∼69%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
6530 Points ∼68%
Average of class
  (76 - 14249, n=496)
3885 Points ∼40%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i9-7900X
27582 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
27349 Points ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i7-8700K
26515 Points ∼96%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
23194 Points ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
23117 Points ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
22874 Points ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
22761 Points ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
22338 Points ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
22302 Points ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
22124 Points ∼80%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (19234 - 23194, n=14)
22053 Points ∼80%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
21547 Points ∼78%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
20808 Points ∼75%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
20234 Points ∼73%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
19234 Points ∼70%
Average of class
  (90 - 40636, n=2315)
5115 Points ∼19%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Intel Core i7-8700K
157012 Points ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i9-9900K
156190 Points ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-8700K
155414 Points ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
144095 Points ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
138448 Points ∼88%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
127011 Points ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
120426 Points ∼77%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (60794 - 156190, n=14)
118686 Points ∼76%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
118153 Points ∼75%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
107514 Points ∼68%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
107022 Points ∼68%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
102781 Points ∼65%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
86339 Points ∼55%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
66653 Points ∼42%
Average of class
  (145 - 184578, n=2418)
27069 Points ∼17%
Unigine Heaven 4.0
Extreme Preset OpenGL
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (82.8 - 89.6, n=7)
85.4 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
84.6 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
84.5 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
83.8 fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
82.8 fps ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
82.8 fps ∼97%
Average of class
  (2.2 - 204, n=90)
57.3 fps ∼67%
Extreme Preset DX11
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
108.5 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
107.8 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
106.6 fps ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (102 - 109, n=7)
106 fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
104.8 fps ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
101.9 fps ∼94%
Average of class
  (2.1 - 224, n=239)
64.2 fps ∼59%
Unigine Valley 1.0
1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
81.8 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
80.8 fps ∼99%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (74.6 - 81.8, n=7)
79.1 fps ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
78.2 fps ∼96%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
77.8 fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
74.6 fps ∼91%
Average of class
  (1.2 - 164, n=153)
50.1 fps ∼61%
1920x1080 Extreme HD Preset OpenGL AA:x8
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
59.3 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
59 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
58.1 fps ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (56.1 - 59.3, n=7)
58.1 fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
56.9 fps ∼96%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
56.1 fps ∼95%
Average of class
  (1.7 - 145, n=117)
38.8 fps ∼65%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
82.5 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
79.28 fps ∼96%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (72.4 - 82.5, n=6)
78.5 fps ∼95%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
77.09 fps ∼93%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
74.57 fps ∼90%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
72.43 fps ∼88%
Average of class
  (0.97 - 212, n=270)
52.3 fps ∼63%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
206.77 fps ∼100%
Average of class
  (1.07 - 256, n=270)
29.6 fps ∼14%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
28.85 fps ∼14%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
28.51 fps ∼14%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (21.3 - 28.9, n=6)
24.3 fps ∼12%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
23.16 fps ∼11%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
22.74 fps ∼11%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
137.04 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
115.33 fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
115.06 fps ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (110 - 115, n=6)
112 fps ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
110.87 fps ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
110.77 fps ∼81%
Average of class
  (2.63 - 192, n=259)
41.8 fps ∼31%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
79.59 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
51.02 fps ∼64%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
50.09 fps ∼63%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (45.7 - 51, n=6)
48.8 fps ∼61%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
46.31 fps ∼58%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
45.66 fps ∼57%
Average of class
  (0.58 - 87, n=262)
21.5 fps ∼27%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (74.5 - 105, n=6)
87.5 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
84.14 fps ∼96%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
80.31 fps ∼92%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
79.67 fps ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
76.05 fps ∼87%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
74.54 fps ∼85%
Average of class
  (2.09 - 195, n=269)
53.4 fps ∼61%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
19.78 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
12.64 fps ∼64%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
12.16 fps ∼61%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
12.13 fps ∼61%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (5.21 - 12.7, n=6)
11.3 fps ∼57%
Average of class
  (0.04 - 28.1, n=262)
6.07 fps ∼31%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
5.21 fps ∼26%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
75.42 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
62.45 fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
60.78 fps ∼81%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (52.1 - 62.5, n=6)
57.4 fps ∼76%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
53.45 fps ∼71%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
52.09 fps ∼69%
Average of class
  (0.91 - 160, n=271)
41.3 fps ∼55%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
158.57 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
157.08 fps ∼99%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (151 - 162, n=6)
157 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
151.26 fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
150.62 fps ∼95%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
100.27 fps ∼63%
Average of class
  (4.56 - 197, n=267)
53.5 fps ∼34%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
151.85 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
144.46 fps ∼95%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (129 - 159, n=6)
143 fps ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
136.08 fps ∼90%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
130.78 fps ∼86%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
128.91 fps ∼85%
Average of class
  (11 - 272, n=76)
112 fps ∼74%
SPECviewperf 13
Solidworks (sw-04)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
100.52 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (92.8 - 102, n=6)
98.3 fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
97.03 fps ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
95.43 fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
92.75 fps ∼92%
Average of class
  (3.69 - 189, n=72)
85.5 fps ∼85%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
82.05 fps ∼82%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
370.89 fps ∼100%
Average of class
  (4.37 - 462, n=72)
86.7 fps ∼23%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
51.55 fps ∼14%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
51.43 fps ∼14%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (38.4 - 51.6, n=6)
43.8 fps ∼12%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
41.72 fps ∼11%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
41.07 fps ∼11%
Showcase (showcase-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
136.84 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
115.36 fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
115.04 fps ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (108 - 115, n=6)
112 fps ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
110.92 fps ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
108.15 fps ∼79%
Average of class
  (4.99 - 192, n=66)
72.5 fps ∼53%
Medical (medical-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
71.36 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (30.9 - 73.8, n=6)
48.3 fps ∼68%
Average of class
  (1.96 - 89.3, n=65)
39.3 fps ∼55%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
38.31 fps ∼54%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
38.09 fps ∼53%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
34.83 fps ∼49%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
30.86 fps ∼43%
Maya (maya-05)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
236.54 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (196 - 211, n=6)
202 fps ∼85%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
200.69 fps ∼85%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
199.48 fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
196.14 fps ∼83%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
195.62 fps ∼83%
Average of class
  (15.7 - 402, n=71)
166 fps ∼70%
Energy (energy-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
32.46 fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
22.98 fps ∼71%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
22.77 fps ∼70%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (7.55 - 23.8, n=6)
19.3 fps ∼59%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
15.2 fps ∼47%
Average of class
  (0.21 - 51.9, n=59)
14.7 fps ∼45%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
7.55 fps ∼23%
Creo (creo-02)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
185.23 fps ∼100%
Average of class
  (15.2 - 308, n=72)
126 fps ∼68%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
109.47 fps ∼59%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
109.18 fps ∼59%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (107 - 110, n=6)
109 fps ∼59%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
108.92 fps ∼59%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
107.1 fps ∼58%
Catia (catia-05)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
235.97 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (225 - 241, n=6)
234 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
233.46 fps ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
228.26 fps ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
225.07 fps ∼95%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
161.39 fps ∼68%
Average of class
  (17.4 - 302, n=71)
135 fps ∼57%
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
153.41 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  (130 - 160, n=6)
143 fps ∼93%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
140.83 fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
140.65 fps ∼92%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
130.98 fps ∼85%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i5-9600K
130.41 fps ∼85%
Average of class
  (10.8 - 269, n=71)
122 fps ∼80%
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
 
3DMark 03 Standard181026 points
3DMark 06 Standard
39866 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
53830 points
3DMark 11 Performance
22568 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
210675 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
33328 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
18253 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
9567 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
7009 points
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Intel Core i5-9600K & the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

low med. high ultra4K
The Witcher 3 (2015) 3322321317948fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 2911981229451fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 20019916114563fps
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017) 9580766833fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 163926128fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 14612411611145fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 1831131038831fps
Forza Horizon 4 (2018) 23617116113168fps
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (2018) 9588796031fps

Application Performance

The Core i5-9600K finished in the midfield of our PCMark 10 comparison table behind the Ryzen 5 2600. The Coffee Lake processor performed comparatively better in the older PCMark 8 though with the Ryzen APUs slipping down our comparison table.

Our test Core i5-9600K consistently performed well during our time with the CPU, and we experienced no issues or prolonged wait times. However, you will notice the lack of threads if you run numerous programs simultaneously or if you primarily work in multithreaded applications. We would recommend considering an AMD or Intel processor with a higher core or thread count than the Core i5-9600K if you need a CPU for either of those scenarios, but our review CPU is a great budget gaming processor.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark 10 - Score
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7764 Points ∼100%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7451 Points ∼96%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7337 Points ∼95%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
7285 Points ∼94%
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7035 Points ∼91%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7018 Points ∼90%
Intel Core i7-9700K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
6797 Points ∼88%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
6465 Points ∼83%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
6432 Points ∼83%
Intel Core i5-9600K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
6261 Points ∼81%
Intel Core i7-8700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
6150 Points ∼79%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5801 Points ∼75%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5481 Points ∼71%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5975 Points ∼100%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
5325 Points ∼89%
Intel Core i7-9700K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5168 Points ∼86%
Intel Core i5-9600K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4983 Points ∼83%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4891 Points ∼82%
Intel Core i7-8700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
4821 Points ∼81%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4750 Points ∼79%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4735 Points ∼79%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4724 Points ∼79%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4633 Points ∼78%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4598 Points ∼77%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4534 Points ∼76%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
4520 Points ∼76%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
8794 Points ∼100%
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8604 Points ∼98%
Intel Core i7-9700K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8344 Points ∼95%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8217 Points ∼93%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
8166 Points ∼93%
Intel Core i7-8700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
8110 Points ∼92%
Intel Core i5-9600K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
8057 Points ∼92%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7948 Points ∼90%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7859 Points ∼89%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7774 Points ∼88%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7711 Points ∼88%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7626 Points ∼87%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
7297 Points ∼83%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
5523 Points ∼100%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
5239 Points ∼95%
Intel Core i7-9700K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4859 Points ∼88%
Intel Core i5-9600K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4740 Points ∼86%
Intel Core i7-8700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
4648 Points ∼84%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4483 Points ∼81%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4392 Points ∼80%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
4367 Points ∼79%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4359 Points ∼79%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4311 Points ∼78%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4209 Points ∼76%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
4170 Points ∼76%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
3992 Points ∼72%

Emissions

The Intel Core i5-9600K during a stress test
The Intel Core i5-9600K during a stress test

The Core i5-9600K has a 95 W TDP just like its Coffee Lake siblings. However, power consumption rises significantly when power-saving modes are disabled in the BIOS, which we have covered extensively in our Core i7-9700K and Core i9-9900K reviews. It is also worth noting that Intel bases the Core i5-9600K on the same die as its Coffee Lake siblings, but only six of the die’s eight physical cores are active.

The Core i5-9600K consumes a whopping 134 W less power in a CB R15 Multi benchmark. Meanwhile, the processor consumes 61.8 W at idle, which is on par with its Core i7 counterpart. The same applies when gaming, where power consumption rises to 363.7 W while playing The Witcher 3 at 1080p on Ultra, which is less than 3 W lower than what the considerably more powerful Core i9-9900K consumes. In short, all three Coffee Lake CPUs have roughly the same power consumption when gaming.

We also subjected the Core i5-9600K to a stress test, during which it easily maintained 4.3 GHz across all cores, while core temperatures reached 73 °C. HWiNFO also reported the CPU as consuming 74 W on average, albeit it briefly hit 79 W.

Caseking graciously supplied us with an Advanced Pretested Edition of the Core i5-9600K to compare its performance against the normal version, and the results are impressive. The de-lidded processor can achieve a stable 5.1 GHz across all cores, which is a 500 MHz boost over stock speeds.

Power consumption of our test system

At idle
At idle
During a one-hour stress test
During a one-hour stress test
While playing The Witcher 3 (at 1080p on the ultra preset)
While playing The Witcher 3 (at 1080p on the ultra preset)
Power Consumption
Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
378 (min: 375, max: 380) Watt * ∼100%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
272.9 (min: 275) Watt * ∼72%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
263 Watt * ∼70%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) (Idle: 63.4 W)
243 Watt * ∼64%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Idle: 74.3 W)
219.2 Watt * ∼58%
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
203.22 (min: 197, max: 205) Watt * ∼54%
Intel Core i7-9700K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
202.6 (min: 190, max: 207) Watt * ∼54%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
164.45 (min: 159.3, max: 165.75) Watt * ∼44%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
149.52 Watt * ∼40%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
143.17 Watt * ∼38%
Intel Core i7-8700K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
134.3 (min: 132, max: 136) Watt * ∼36%
Intel Core i5-9600K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
134 (min: 132, max: 135) Watt * ∼35%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
441 (min: 382, max: 475) Watt * ∼100%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
421 Watt * ∼95%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
411 Watt * ∼93%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Idle: 74.3 W)
408 Watt * ∼93%
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
398.2 (min: 345, max: 444) Watt * ∼90%
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
396.49 (min: 376, max: 415) Watt * ∼90%
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
378.2 Watt * ∼86%
Intel Core i9-7900X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) (99 fps, Idle: 63.4 W)
373 Watt * ∼85%
Intel Core i9-9900K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (80 fps)
366.06 Watt * ∼83%
Intel Core i7-9700K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
365.3 (min: 316, max: 388) Watt * ∼83%
Intel Core i5-9600K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
363.7 (min: 403) Watt * ∼82%
Intel Core i7-8700K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
354.4 (min: 301, max: 378) Watt * ∼80%

* ... smaller is better

Overclocking

The Core i5-9600K has an unlocked multiplier, which means that it is open to some overclocking, with the Z390 motherboard giving us the perfect opportunity to do so. We achieved a stable 4.8 GHz across all cores with our test CPU, but we only managed to do so by increasing the voltage to 1.35 V. Correspondingly, power consumption rose to 96 W at idle, and core temperatures breached the 100 °C mark, at which point the CPU thermal throttled to prevent itself from overheating. Other efforts resulted in a 10% boost to CB R15 Multi benchmarks scores though, which rose to 1,212 points.

Overall, the Core i5-9600K is overclockable, although you may have to reduce the voltage and clock speed to prevent the CPU from thermal throttling as our test sample did. We would also recommend pairing the processor with a cooler that can handle the additional heat generated. The Caseking preselected processors should also achieve higher CB R15 scores too.

Power consumption at idle with the Core i5-9600K running at 4.8 GHz
Power consumption at idle with the Core i5-9600K running at 4.8 GHz
Power consumption during a Cinebench R15 multithreaded benchmark with the Core i5-9600K running at 4.8 GHz
Power consumption during a Cinebench R15 multithreaded benchmark with the Core i5-9600K running at 4.8 GHz
The Intel Core i5-9600K running at 4.8 GHz and 1.35 V
The Intel Core i5-9600K running at 4.8 GHz and 1.35 V
The Intel Core i5-9600K running at 4.8 GHz and 1.35 V during a stress test
The Intel Core i5-9600K running at 4.8 GHz and 1.35 V during a stress test

Verdict

The Intel Core i5-9600K desktop CPU review. Test device courtesy of Caseking.de.
The Intel Core i5-9600K desktop CPU review. Test device courtesy of Caseking.de.

The Intel Core i5-9600K is a good choice for gamers who are looking to put together an Intel system on a budget. The Ryzen 7 2700 remains the cheaper option and packs in two more cores with 10 additional threads, but it also performs around 15% worse in games than its Coffee Lake competitor.

We would not recommend the Core i5-9600K if you need a workhorse CPU though as its lack of Hyper-Threading makes it fall far short in multithreaded applications than AMD and Intel processors with higher thread counts.

The Intel Core i5-9600K is a fast hexa-core CPU that is ideal for gamers on a budget. 

We also liked that the CPU consumed considerably less power than the Core i7-9700K. You will need a decent cooler if you plan to overclock the Core i5-9600K as core temperatures can exceed 100 °C. The Core i5-9600K offers almost the same performance as its significantly more expensive sibling, the Intel Core i9-9900K, at high resolutions though, which underlines how impressive the baby Coffee Lake processor is as a gaming CPU.

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Sebastian Bade, 2019-01-27 (Update: 2019-01-27)
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