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Review: Intel Core i9-9900K

by Parm Mann on 19 October 2018, 14:00

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Conclusion

...superlative gaming performance in an eight-core, 16-thread package, this will be viewed by many enthusiasts as the best of both worlds.

There are plenty of points to consider, but let's start by getting the inevitable out of the way: the Intel Core i9-9900K is a very fast CPU.

First-class IPC, eight cores, 16 threads, 5GHz on up to two cores, 4.7GHz on every core, and all delivered in a 95W LGA1151 package with a vast choice of supporting Z390 boards. The essential ingredients for an excellent all-rounder are all there.

Recent releases have suggested that many-core HEDT processors will fulfil the needs of content creators, while mainstream parts continue to better serve the gamer, but the 9th Gen Core i9 blurs those lines. Delivering superlative gaming performance in an eight-core, 16-thread package, this will be viewed by many enthusiasts as the best of both worlds.

Such accolades would historically warrant an out-and-out recommendation, but today's CPU landscape is increasingly competitive, and the Core i9-9900K isn't a clear-cut choice. Gamers using last year's Core i7-8700K shouldn't feel the urge to upgrade, content creators who crave memory bandwidth and PCIe lanes may continue to prefer HEDT platforms, and heck, if you're just after solid multi-threaded credentials, the equivalent AMD Ryzen is half the price.

Bottom line: Core i9-9900K isn't the 10nm showstopper we had hoped to see in late-2018, but while 14nm lives on, it's a highly capable stopgap for those with deep wallets.

The Good
 
The Bad
Excellent IPC
Strong multi-core performance
Blurs the lines between gaming and HEDT
Wide choice of Z390 boards
 
£600 price tag
Hardware still susceptible to exploits
Gets very hot when overclocking



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Difficult to swallow it being 100% more than the roughly equivalent Ryzen to be honest… £300 buys a lot of hardware
“Our sample was able go to 5.2GHz across all cores with an extreme 1.45V seeping through its veins, but temperatures would soar past 100ºC, even when strapped to a 280mm Corsair liquid cooler.”

Ohh wow.
Can Hexus turn off HT and downclock a smudge to emulate a 9700K? I'd be interested to see how 8/8 compares to 6/12.
kalniel
Can Hexus turn off HT and downclock a smudge to emulate a 9700K? I'd be interested to see how 8/8 compares to 6/12.

Reviews are out with the 9700K.
If you use tdp to calculate Bang4watts, it is wrong:
https://hexus.net/media/uploaded/2018/10/30cd8771-4a7d-44d9-8590-ce1b8bb04615.png

Since you can see that even though it has a 95w tdp it consume more than the 105w 2700x…at least from your own results…
https://hexus.net/media/uploaded/2018/10/7b87dfb2-4d45-4c51-a0a0-2bc2a917b7d9.png