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Intel Core i7-9700 vs Intel Core i9-9900K

Intel Core i7-9700

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The Intel Core i7-9700 is a high end desktop processor based on the Coffee Lake architecture. It integrates 8 cores (no Hyperthreading therefore also 8 threads) clocked at 3 - 4.7 GHz. Compared to the similar named Core i7-9700K, the 9700 has no open multiplicator for easy overclocking, offers lower clock speeds and offers a reduced TDP.

Compared to the old Core i7-8700, the 9700 offers two more real cores but no Hyperthreading. Therefore, the performance gain is not that big - depending on the app. The single core performance was slightly improved thanks to the higher Turbo clocks. As a high end desktop CPU, the i7-9700 is well suited for demanding tasks and 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 65 Watt (instead of the 95W of the faster models) and therefore the CPU wont need a high end desktop cooling system.

Intel Core i9-9900K

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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.

ModelIntel Core i7-9700Intel Core i9-9900K
SeriesIntel Coffee LakeIntel Coffee Lake
CodenameCoffee Lake-RCoffee Lake-R
Series: Coffee Lake Coffee Lake-R
Intel Core i9-9900KS compare4 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9900K3.6 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-9700K compare3.6 - 4.9 GHz8 / 812 MB
» Intel Core i7-97003 - 4.7 GHz8 / 812 MB
Intel Core i5-9600K compare3.7 - 4.6 GHz6 / 69 MB
Intel Core i9-9900T compare2.1 - 4.4 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i5-9400F compare2.9 - 4.1 GHz6 / 69 MB
Intel Core i3-9100F compare3.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i9-9900KS compare4 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i9-9900K3.6 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-9700K compare3.6 - 4.9 GHz8 / 812 MB
Intel Core i7-97003 - 4.7 GHz8 / 812 MB
Intel Core i5-9600K compare3.7 - 4.6 GHz6 / 69 MB
Intel Core i9-9900T compare2.1 - 4.4 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i5-9400F compare2.9 - 4.1 GHz6 / 69 MB
Intel Core i3-9100F compare3.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 46 MB
Clock3000 - 4700 MHz3600 - 5000 MHz
L1 Cache512 KB512 KB
L2 Cache2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache12 MB16 MB
Cores / Threads8 / 88 / 16
TDP65 Watt95 Watt
Technology14++ nm14++ nm
Die Size178 mm2178 mm2
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C
SocketFCLGA1151FCLGA1151
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4-2666 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX-NI, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vProDual-Channel DDR4-2666 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX-NI, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
Announced
$488 U.S.
ManufacturerIntel Coffee Lake i9-9900K

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-9700
44.6 pt (53%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i9-9900K
51.4 pt (61%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
12397 Points (20%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
1280 Points (63%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
474 Points (60%)
min: 495     avg: 502     median: 502 (64%)     max: 509 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
2892 Points (12%)
min: 4816     avg: 4871     median: 4871 (21%)     max: 4926 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
1254 Points (13%)
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min: 1623     avg: 1939     median: 1979 (20%)     max: 2040 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
199 Points (61%)
min: 203     avg: 210.6     median: 212 (65%)     max: 218 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
14.4 Points (26%)
min: 17.37     avg: 20.7     median: 21.4 (39%)     max: 21.76 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
2.3 Points (7%)
min: 2.33     avg: 2.4     median: 2.4 (8%)     max: 2.44 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
7473 Points (67%)
min: 7786     avg: 7924     median: 7933 (71%)     max: 8042 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
37381 Points (51%)
min: 36683     avg: 45846     median: 48778.5 (67%)     max: 49142 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
49666 Points (41%)
min: 63009     avg: 63708     median: 63976 (53%)     max: 64138 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
9840 Points (60%)
min: 10167     avg: 10218     median: 10192 (62%)     max: 10294 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
155.8 s (2%)
min: 85.6     avg: 91.9     median: 91.3 (1%)     max: 98.7 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
4.8 s (1%)
min: 3.276     avg: 4     median: 3.6 (1%)     max: 5.203 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
6945 Points (40%)
min: 7315     avg: 7775     median: 7633 (44%)     max: 8518 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
33539 MIPS (24%)
min: 43248     avg: 48207     median: 48207 (34%)     max: 53166 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
5186 MIPS (63%)
min: 5311     avg: 5411     median: 5410.5 (65%)     max: 5510 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
77.6 fps (32%)
min: 90.9     avg: 110     median: 114.3 (47%)     max: 120.5 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
247.5 fps (66%)
min: 252.7     avg: 260.9     median: 260.5 (69%)     max: 270 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
10.5 fps (23%)
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min: 12.36     avg: 14.8     median: 15.8 (34%)     max: 16.3 fps
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TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.8 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.8     avg: 1.1     median: 1.2 (0%)     max: 1.2 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
1.3 GB/s (0%)
min: 1.3     avg: 1.8     median: 1.9 (0%)     max: 2 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
7.6 GB/s (0%)
min: 7.8     avg: 10.4     median: 11.1 (0%)     max: 11.5 GB/s
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
388.7 Seconds (3%)
min: 219.2     avg: 239.7     median: 223.8 (2%)     max: 276.1 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
100%
1 i7-9700 +
0.6 sec (13%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 10312     avg: 13253     median: 14281.5 (30%)     max: 14409 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
8.3 s (2%)
min: 7.545     avg: 7.7     median: 7.7 (2%)     max: 7.823 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
18.4 s (1%)
min: 16.73     avg: 17     median: 16.9 (1%)     max: 17.25 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
460.7 s (2%)
min: 413.8     avg: 429.5     median: 432.2 (2%)     max: 440 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 58733     avg: 65154     median: 65153.5 (63%)     max: 71574 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
13939 Points (48%)
min: 16598     avg: 17566     median: 17264 (60%)     max: 19169 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
79476 Points (51%)
min: 64697     avg: 67569     median: 67554.5 (43%)     max: 72059 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
79073 Points (65%)
min: 67420     avg: 68874     median: 67813 (56%)     max: 72450 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
79079 Points (67%)
min: 67259     avg: 68959     median: 68173.5 (57%)     max: 72229 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
11688 Points (30%)
min: 16435     avg: 17955     median: 17969 (45%)     max: 18694 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
16387 Points (38%)
min: 21585     avg: 24141     median: 24497.5 (57%)     max: 25010 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
6867 Points (37%)
min: 9413     avg: 10630     median: 10593 (57%)     max: 11298 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
1312 Points (58%)
1300 Points (57%)
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
7060 Points (25%)
8845 Points (31%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 i7-9700 +
1300 Points (59%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 i7-9700 +
7060 Points (22%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
5777 Points (63%)
min: 6014     avg: 6113     median: 6049 (66%)     max: 6339 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
27040 Points (33%)
min: 26616     avg: 31703     median: 32981 (41%)     max: 34233 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
790 ms (1%)
min: 919     avg: 937     median: 924 (1%)     max: 968 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
71 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 38473     avg: 40081     median: 40081 (41%)     max: 41689 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
100%
1 i7-9700 +
232 Points (61%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 i7-9700 +
143.8 Watt (25%)
202 Watt (35%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 i7-9700 +
141.9 Watt (38%)
203.2 Watt (54%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
100%
1 i7-9700 +
8.8 Points per Watt (10%)
10 Points per Watt (12%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-9700 → 100% n=37

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-9900K → 120% n=37

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