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Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor

(68 Ratings, 4.8 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Intel

Part #

BX80684I59600K

Manufacturer

Intel

Core Count

6

Core Clock

3.7 GHz

Boost Clock

4.6 GHz

TDP

95 W

Series

Intel Core i5

Microarchitecture

Coffee Lake Refresh

Core Family

Coffee Lake Refresh

Socket

LGA1151

Integrated Graphics

Intel UHD Graphics 630

Maximum Supported Memory

128 GB

ECC Support

No

Packaging

Boxed

Includes CPU Cooler

No

L1 Cache

  • 6 x 32 kB Instruction
  • 6 x 32 kB Data

L2 Cache

6 x 256 kB

L3 Cache

6 x 1.5 MB

Lithography

14 nm

Simultaneous Multithreading

No

Price History

    Reviews

    thorkon77
    • 210 points
    • 6 months ago

    This thing been going great and taking OC really well on my current setup.

    daltonsollars
    • 183 points
    • 13 months ago

    Great mid/high range gaming CPU with plenty of overclocking capability. Temperatures have been really good so far with only 120mm AIO. Would recommend to anyone looking for powerful gaming chip.

    DeaconOfTheDank
    • 28 points
    • 12 months ago

    from completed build Minesweeper 2077

    Getting an i5 was a no-brainer for me. My build is meant entirely for gaming and gaming only. That means I don’t have to worry about streaming or any heavy multi-tasking. With 6 cores and amazing single core performance, the i5 9600K looked like the perfect CPU. Besides that, the core count should be more than enough for most games and any of my typical usage habits. 60 FPS is my target framerate so I wasn’t worried about my CPU bottlenecking my GPU especially since I’ll be shooting for 4K. Additionally, I wanted to have reasonable overclocking room so that I can tweak it later for a tiny performance boost once I start feel its age. With the 9600K being about $20 more than the 8600K for quite a performance boost (and still way cheaper than the 8700K or 9700K, for that matter), my decision was made. Finally, I knew I would be without a GPU for a while so it was nice to be able to lean on integrated graphics in the meantime for light usage and browsing.

    Glmnet1
    • 25 points
    • 13 months ago

    from completed build First build: 9600k + RTX 2070

    No issue with it but I can't really compare to anything. I will try to overclock it soon.

    Porksicles
    • 23 points
    • 10 months ago

    from completed build Aesthetically Pink

    The i5-9600K is a great overclockable CPU that will satisfy my needs at a reasonable price. My overclock frequency and profile is shown in the build's description.

    Tyrallion78
    • 22 points
    • 13 months ago

    from completed build The wild Hunt

    Great performance for the price. I was able to overclock it at a stable 5ghz with an AIO cooler.

    Very good performance in game, I can't say for productivity task but Lightroom and in home streaming are both performing very well.

    Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for and mid to high end gaming build, because the performance in game does not vary very much with the 9700k.

    imps959
    • 22 points
    • 2 months ago

    from completed build My Daughter's PC (My 2nd Build)

    Intel i5-9600k- Chose this CPU because the vast majority of i5 PC's being sold have 9400F and the fact that it doesn't have integrated graphics irks me. I also would like to learn how to OC in the future and I know that K series CPU's are easier to OC.

    omnikron702
    • 19 points
    • 5 months ago

    Great cpu for gaming which is the main use of my pc good mid range and doesnt hold back my 1080Ti have it OC to 4.7 idel 28 gaming load 70 Got this cpu at a good price under $250 brand new :) couldnt pass it up.

    xJownage
    • 18 points
    • 12 months ago

    from completed build My Beast

    Overclocks like an absolute beast. Using a 360mm rad, this does 5.1 Ghz without even breaking a sweat (see the image on my build post). Never seen it go above 55 During gaming sessions.

    banana999
    • 18 points
    • 8 months ago

    from completed build Mirror Mirror

    Very solid gaming CPU. Sure it doesn't have 12 threads but you hardly need more than 6 especially when they're this fast. Overclocks very well and pretty much any sample should hit 4.8-5.0 GHz. Is a lot cheaper than the 9700k and 9900k and has very comparable performance when they all run at the same speed.

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