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Intel Core i9-9900K

The Intel Core i9-9900K is a high end desktop processor based on the Coffee Lake architecture. At the time of announcement in late 2018, the 9900K is the fastest Coffee Lake CPU and offers an open multiplicator for easy overclocking. The CPU integrates 8 cores (16 threads) clocked at 3.6 - 5 GHz and it needs a new Z390 based mainboard.

Thanks to the two additional cores, the performance in multi-threaded applications is up to 25 % faster than the older Core i7-8700K. The single thread performance is only slightly faster due to the higher clock speeds. As a high end desktop CPU, the i9-9900K is suited even for very demanding applications and perfect for 3D gaming.

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics card is clocked at up to 1.2 GHz and offers no advantage compared to previous generations. As it is a very low end GPU, only some low demanding games like Hearthstone can be played with it (see GPU page for benchmarks).

Intel specifies the TDP at 95 Watt, so if the CPU is used in laptops a big and chunky cooling system is needed to avoid throttling and lower clock speeds under sustained loads. When overclocking the CPU, the power consumption can easily rise up to 200 Watt and higher.

SeriesIntel Core i9 (Desktop)
CodenameCoffee Lake S
Clock Rate3600 - 5000 MHz
Level 1 Cache512 KB
Level 2 Cache2 MB
Level 3 Cache16 MB
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 16
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)95 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14++ nm
Die Size178 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketFCLGA1151
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4-2666 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX-NI, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$488 U.S.
Announcement Date10/08/2018
Product Link (external)Intel Core i9 (Desktop) 9900K

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1623     avg: 1932.8     median: 1973 (45%)     max: 2040 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 207     avg: 211.5     median: 212 (97%)     max: 218 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 17     avg: 20.4     median: 21 (78%)     max: 21 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
2.4 Points (121%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 7832     avg: 7969.3     median: 8034 (88%)     max: 8042 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 36683     avg: 44746.7     median: 48749 (98%)     max: 48808 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 63976     avg: 64057     median: 64057 (84%)     max: 64138 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 10192     avg: 10243     median: 10243 (100%)     max: 10294 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 85     avg: 92.1     median: 92 (1%)     max: 98 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 3     avg: 4.4     median: 4 (1%)     max: 5 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 7315     avg: 7826     median: 7645 (90%)     max: 8518 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 90     avg: 107.5     median: 111 (3%)     max: 120 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 252     avg: 258.7     median: 253 (94%)     max: 270 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
min: 12     avg: 14.3     median: 14 (78%)     max: 16 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0     avg: 1.1     median: 1 (100%)     max: 1 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 1     avg: 1.7     median: 1 (33%)     max: 2 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 7     avg: 10     median: 10 (53%)     max: 11 GB/s
Blender 2.79 *
min: 219     avg: 247.7     median: 247 (3%)     max: 276 Seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 10312     avg: 13043.8     median: 14264 (99%)     max: 14409 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
7.6 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 16     avg: 16.9     median: 16 (1%)     max: 17 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 413     avg: 427.5     median: 428 (2%)     max: 440 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
58733 Points (98%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 16940     avg: 17621.5     median: 17446 (94%)     max: 18585 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 64697     avg: 66671     median: 67363 (43%)     max: 67886 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 67420     avg: 67682     median: 67810 (81%)     max: 67816 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 67259     avg: 67868.7     median: 67313 (78%)     max: 69034 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 16435     avg: 17880.2     median: 17941 (45%)     max: 18694 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 21585     avg: 24122.2     median: 24497 (90%)     max: 25010 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 6030     avg: 6145.7     median: 6068 (96%)     max: 6339 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 26616     avg: 30973     median: 32070 (89%)     max: 34233 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 918     avg: 936.8     median: 923 (2%)     max: 967 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 38473     avg: 40081     median: 40081 (76%)     max: 41689 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
202 Watt (54%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
203.2 Watt (54%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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