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The Core i5-9600K may not have the core-count increases of its higher-priced siblings, but it received a healthy frequency bump over its predecessor, coupled with hardware patches to some vulnerabilities. We already proved that the i7-9700K is the best gaming CPU by Intel. Can the humble Core i5 challenge it in this arena?

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The value of this processor leaves a lot to be desired at $280, and frankly 25% more money than a 2600x for 7% more performance at 1080p is extremely poor value. That's not taking into account the $20+ you have to spend over the 2600x for a CPU cooler.

Fortunately for the 9600k, as of the time of this post, I'm seeing it at newegg & amazon for $244, which is a better price. Unfortunately for it, the 2600x is $208 on amazon at the moment.
 
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The value of this processor leaves a lot to be desired at $280, and frankly 25% more money than a 2600x for 7% more performance at 1080p is extremely poor value. That's not taking into account the $20+ you have to spend over the 2600x for a CPU cooler.

Fortunately for the 9600k, as of the time of this post, I'm seeing it at newegg & amazon for $244, which is a better price. Unfortunately for it, the 2600x is $208 on amazon at the moment.
And being only 8% faster on average in gaming at 1080P than 2600 non-x is even worse for it. For close to $100 less money. With a platform already dead vs a platform made to last at least 2 years more with much faster CPUs incoming in 1H/2019.
 

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@W1zzard There is a spelling error. Search for 'origianlly ' on the conclusion page - its down where you mention the 8600k
 
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Not worth more than 150$ and btw nice review.
 
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Not worth more than 150$ and btw nice review.
Why? Because $150 is like i3 dual core or AMD Ryzen 3 2200G territory

If you said not worth $280 -- i would agree as its just a binned 8600k with higher clocks. You might as well say its not worth $10 or you hate it because its not free. $150 wont get you the same performance as an 8600k
 
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Any chance in future you do some frametimes, it has been reported by other reviewers that avg fps are good but the HT less i5, i7 has more spikes than something like 8700.
 
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Why? Because $150 is like i3 dual core or AMD Ryzen 3 2200G territory

If you said not worth $280 -- i would agree as its just a binned 8600k with higher clocks. You might as well say its not worth $10 or you hate it because its not free. $150 wont get you the same performance as an 8600k
Actually $150 is 2600 territory and has been for a while: https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Processor-Wraith-Stealth-Cooler/dp/B07B41WS48/

I'm not sure where Wizz is pulling his prices from (or when?), but they're fairly out of date. TPU still lists the 2700 for $270 but that's been $250 or less for a while. And as EatingDirt said, the 9600K is $245 on amazon. The list price is $263 (the article even states the MSRP is $259.99)...where exactly does the $280 in the table come from?
 

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Actually $150 is 2600 territory and has been for a while: https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Processor-Wraith-Stealth-Cooler/dp/B07B41WS48/

I'm not sure where Wizz is pulling his prices from (or when?), but they're fairly out of date. TPU still lists the 2700 for $270 but that's been $250 or less for a while. And as EatingDirt said, the 9600K is $245 on amazon. The list price is $263 (the article even states the MSRP is $259.99)...where exactly does the $280 in the table come from?
Thats on promo. Where im from its $190
 
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Thats on promo. Where im from its $190
I see you're across the pond. Here in the US it's been around $150 since...October?

I didn't want to mention sale prices. Over here we have a store called Micro Center that arguably has the best prices on CPUs if you have a store near you. The 9600K is $230 right now. The 2700X is $280 regular price and $250 on sale. The 8700K is $330 regular price and $300 on sale.
 
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If we want to really go there it's akin too a 8350K really. In fact yes fact it's single core performance is under par (a.k.a. 7350K). Excuse the seemingly fan boy post but this is Intel trying to play catch up in the multi core arena with propaganda akin to the original Hyper Threading.

Heck it only took 21 years to convince.

Wait my girl @ the time tried to get me to buy a P4.... Bitches be trippin'
 
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From what I have seen on various forums, strangely the 8600K seem to clock higher.
 
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I'd add as a con that it's not AMD!

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Still the best single thread performance over six single threaded cores compared to Ryzen 5 2600X.
 

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It's a shame it tops out at less than what the 8 core hyperthreaded 9900k can do.
 
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machine learning & tensor workflow on this chip is still better than AMD's raw core count strategy IMO... and yes, single thread performance has been & always been Intel's strongest points. On top of needing only a 240mm AIO & minor voltage bump to achieve 5GHz on all cores stable is impressive in my book. Overall this processor is all depends on your mileage & use case.
 
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Still the best single thread performance over six single threaded cores compared to Ryzen 5 2600X.
look at cpu test overall performance,including encoding,rendering and compression. 2700x is barely 5% faster than 9600k at 4.8GHz.it does so well at multthreading despite being 6c only.Trades blows with 1700 or even 1800x,they're friggin 8c/16t powerhouses designed with such workloads in mind.
 
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Still the best single thread performance over six single threaded cores compared to Ryzen 5 2600X.
R5 is still fast enough for cat videos.
 
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machine learning & tensor workflow on this chip is still better than AMD's raw core count strategy IMO... and yes, single thread performance has been & always been Intel's strongest points. On top of needing only a 240mm AIO & minor voltage bump to achieve 5GHz on all cores stable is impressive in my book. Overall this processor is all depends on your mileage & use case.
what? what kind of machine learning did you use? i really wanna know :-D
 
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