Intel Core i9-9900K processor review - Benchmark and Specs

The processor Intel Core i9-9900K is developed on the 14 nm technology node and architecture Coffee Lake Refresh. Its base clock speed is 3.60 GHz, and maximum clock speed in turbo boost - 5.00 GHz. Intel Core i9-9900K contains 8 processing cores. To make a right choice for computer upgrading, please get familiar with the detailed technical specifications and benchmark results. Check socket compatibility before choosing.

General info

The base and maximum clock speed of the CPU Intel Core i9-9900K, number of processing cores and threads.

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The general performance of a CPU can easily be determined based on the number of its cores and the thread count, as well as the base frequency and Turbo frequency. The more GHz and cores a CPU has, the better. Please note that high technical specs require using a powerful cooling system and a quality chipset (check VRM on the motherboard).

Frequency: 3.60 GHz   CPU Cores: 8
Turbo (1 Core): 5.00 GHz   CPU Threads: 16
Hyperthreading: Yes   Overclocking: Yes
Turbo (8 Cores): 4.70 GHz  

Internal Graphics

Some manufacturers complement their CPUs with graphic chips, such a solution being especially popular in laptops. The higher the clock frequency of a GPU is and the bigger its memory, the better.

GPU name: Intel UHD Graphics 630
GPU frequency: 0.35 GHz   GPU (Turbo): 1.20 GHz
Generation: 9.5   DirectX Version: 12
Execution units: 24   Shader: 192
Max. Memory: 64 GB   Max. displays: 3
Technology: 14 nm   Release date: Q4/2017

Hardware codec support

Here we deal with specs that are used by some CPU manufacturers. These numbers are mainly technical and can be neglected for the purpose of the comparison analysis.

h264: Decode / Encode
JPEG: Decode / Encode
h265 8bit: Decode / Encode
h265 10bit: Decode / Encode
VP8: Decode / Encode
VP9: Decode / Encode
VC-1: Decode
AVC: Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

These are memory standards supported by CPUs. The higher such standards, the better a CPU’s performance is.

Memory type: DDR4-2666   Max. Memory: 128 GB
Memory channels: 2   ECC: No
PCIe version: 3.0   PCIe lanes: 16

Encryption

Data encryption support

AES-NI: Yes  

Thermal Management

TDP: 95 W   Tjunction max.: 100 °C
TDP up: --   TDP down: --

Technical details

These are key parameters that will help you determine which CPU is better. Pay special attention to the release date, technological aspects of the manufacturing process (measured in nanometers), and the third-level cache (L3).

L3-Cache: 16.00 MB   Technology: 14 nm
Architecture: Coffee Lake Refresh   Virtualization: VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Socket: LGA 1151-2   Release date: Q4/2018
Market price: ca. 487$   Instruction set (ISA): EM64T
L2-Cache: 2.00 MB  
Part Number: BX80684I99900K

Devices using this processor

You probably know already what devices use CPUs. These can be a desktop or a laptop.

Used in: PC

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

It is the updated version of the Cinebench R15 benchmark. This version provides improved benchmark accuracy at testing of processors. Cinebench R20 is based on Cinema 4 Suite. It is the software used to create 3D forms. The benchmark runs for single-core test procedure without counting of hyperthreading ability.

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

It is the new version of the benchmark which is developed on the basis of Cinebench R15 (both versions are operated on the basis of Cinema 4 - the most popular 3D modeling software). Cinebench R20 is used for multi-core processor performance benchmark tests and hyperthreading ability.

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

It is the updated version of Cinebench 11.5. As all new versions, the updated benchmark is based on Cinema 4 Suite software. The latter is used for creation of 3D models and forms. Cinebench R15 is used for single-core processor performance benchmark test. The hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

This benchmark is the updated version of the Cinebench 11.5 which is based on Cinema 4 Suite soft (it is widely used for 3D production). Cinebench R15 can be used for multi-core processor performance benchmark testing. The test produces precise and accurate results.

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

This test serves for determining the performance of integrated graphics in Intel and AMD processors. The result is the estimated computing power in the Single-Precision FP32 mode. The computing power in games can vary despite the differences in the capacity of videocards.

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 benchmark is the newest software suit. It allows to account for the effect of memory performance on processor performance. Completely new algorithms provide the quite accurate benchmark testing results of the single-core CPU.

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 software suite shows benchmark testing results of the memory performance and speed of the multi-core processor. The higher the GeekBench score, the better processor. Here the hyperthreading ability is counted.

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

We use Blender benchmark to trace performance of the central processing unit. Blender is the software for professional rendering and creating of 3D bodies which can also be animated. The testing results show you how fast the unit runs on the implementation of the multi-processing tasks. Here everything works on the principle that the faster rendering for 3D scenes, the better.

Geekbench 3, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 3 is the benchmark for Intel and AMD 64-bit processors. It employs a new power estimation system for a single CPU core. This software carries out the modeling of real scenarios to provide accurate results. The better the estimation, the faster your computer works.

Geekbench 3, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 3 benchmark supports AMD and Intel multi-core processors. Being based on MAXON CINEMA 4D, it allows obtaining the real comparative CPU potential. The higher the indicator, the more powerful and fast the processor is.

Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core)

This synthetic test will help you determine the real computing power of a single core in the central processing unit. Cinebench R11.5 is based on MAXON CINEMA 4D and employs various testing scenarios and branded power analysis algorithms. The higher the estimated value, the faster the computations of a single CPU core are.

Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R11.5 carries out simultaneous cross-platform tests on all the processor’s cores. By running realistic 3D scenes, this benchmark will reveal all the potential of your Intel or AMD single-unit processor. The winner is quite easy to identify - the higher the estimation, the faster the CPU is.

Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (iGPU, OpenGL)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The iGPU test uses the CPU internal graphic unit to execute OpenGL commands.

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

PassMark is one of the most popular benchmark in the world. It tests entire and overall performance of the central processing unit (mathematical calculations, compression and decompression speed, 2D&3D graphic tests). Below you will see benchmark testing results for the processor and its score. Please note that data can differ from the real-world situations.

5.0 Out of 3 Hitesti score
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