Date: Thursday , November 29, 2018
Intel's new Core i5-9600K Processor has somewhat flown under the radar since its launch, mainly for two reasons. First, Intel did not seemingly sample any to reviewers back on launch day as Intel did not seem to want it to share the stage with its i9-9900K, which is understandable as Intel wanted the whole 9900K vs 2700X showdown front and center. Second, there seemed to be little or no stock available. The stocking situation has changed however. You can purchase the 9600K today for $269.99 with Prime Shipping.
This CPU was purchased from retail stock, so this is not an engineering sample and fully represents the CPU you would buy off of the shelf.
The Intel Core i5-9600K Processor, is a 14nm processor code named Coffee Lake. It is a 6-Core CPU without Hyperthreading, so 6C/6T. It has a base Turbo Frequency of 3.7GHz with a Max Turbo Boost clock of 4.6GHz. The TPD is rated at 95 watts for all our Tech-SJWs out there.
Intel has changed it marketing and labeling around its desktop processors lately with the introduction of the i9-9900K CPU. This 9600K is labeled as an i5, and does NOT have Hyperthreading enabled as you might have guessed. Probably the closest CPU to this one from the 8000 series is the Core i5-8600K. It was a 6C/6T processors as well, but has slightly lower clocks, with its Base clock being 3.6GHz and Max Turbo Frequency being 4.3GHz. The 8600K sells for $255. So for $15 more dollars, you get a bump in Turbo of 300MHz. The big claim to fame for the new Z390 chipset is likely to not have a lot of impact for most folks. The only changes to this new 300 series chipset are the addition of integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 and integrated Intel Wireless-AC with support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speed.
That said about chipsets, these new 9000 series processors, will run on the Z370 chipset motherboards. We would suggest that almost any enthusiast class motherboard in the Z370 would be a good home for the 9600K. Almost all of those motherboards are going to support beefy enough power components and configuration that even overclocking on those motherboards will be well supported.
We have spent a good bit of time with the 9600K and it has served us well, and we wanted to give our readers some insight as to what you should expect in terms of stock performance as well as overclocking. Let's see how all of that goes!