Intel Core i9-9900K 8 Core Flagship CPU’s 3DMark Timespy Benchmark Leaks Out – Stock Clocked 9900K Faster Than an Overclocked Ryzen 2700X

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Sep 11, 2018

More performance results of the Intel Core i9-9900K flagship 8 core processor have leaked out. This time, we are looking at the 3DMark Timespy benchmark (via TUM APISAK) which lists down scores of the processor in both stock and overclocked configurations.

Intel Core i9-9900K Flagship 8 Core CPU Tested in 3DMark Timespy Benchmark – Faster Than An Overclocked Ryzen 2700X at Stock Clocks

Yesterday, we got to see the first media review of the Core i7-9700K and a day before that, we saw many Geekbench 4 benchmarks of the entire unlocked 9th Generation processor lineup. The CPUs are still some time away from their official launch and many reviewers and overclockers already have their hands on the processors and Z390 motherboards. Some of the earlier benchmarks we got to see were posted by motherboard manufacturers themselves who forgot to pull off the plug from the internet where the results got listed (accidentally).

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Before we talk about the performance results, we should take a look at the Core i9-9900K CPU and its specifications.

The Intel Core i9-9900K is the one of three 9th Generation Unlocked SKUs to feature soldered IHS. (Image Credits: XFastest)

Intel Core i9-9900K, Intel’s First 8 Core Mainstream CPU With 4.7 GHz All 8 Core Boost Frequency, Faster Than Intel’s 8086K Anniversary Edition In All Possible Ways

The Intel Core i9-9900K is the flagship SKU of the 9th Generation Core family. This will be the first mainstream desktop Core i9 part and also the first Intel chip to boast 8 cores and 16 threads. In terms of cache, the chip will feature 16 MB of L3 and will come with an Intel UHD 620 graphics chip.

The clock speeds are something to check out here, we are going to get a 3.6 GHz base clock out of the box and a 5.0 GHz boost clock in single and dual core operations. 4 core boost is rated at 4.8 GHz while 6/8 core boost is rated at 4.7 GHz. This is the highest frequency we have seen on an 8 core part across all cores. All of this is done under a 95W package so we can expect some hefty cooling solutions to go along with this chip.

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Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:

Processor Name Process Cores / Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Cache TDP Price
Core i9-9900K 14nm++ 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz (1/2 Core)
4.8 GHz (4 Core)
4.7 GHz (6/8 Core)
16 MB 95W $488 US
Core i7-9700K 14nm++ 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz (1 Core)
4.8 GHz (2 Core)
4.7 GHz (4 Core)
4.6 GHz (6/8 Core)
12 MB 95W $374 US
Core i5-9600K 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz (1 Core)
4.5 GHz (2 Core)
4.4 GHz (4 Core)
4.3 GHz (6 Core)
9 MB 95W $262 US
Core i5-9600 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.1 GHz 4.5 GHz 9 MB 65W TBD
Core i5-9500 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 9 MB 65W TBD
Core i5-9400 14nm++ 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz 9 MB 65W TBD
Core i5-9400T 14nm++ 6 / 6 1.8 GHz 3.4 GHz 9 MB 35W TBD
Core i3-9100 14nm++ 4 / 4 3.7 GHz N/A 6 MB 65W TBD
Core i3-9000 14nm++ 4 / 4 3.7 GHz N/A 6 MB 65W TBD
Core i3-9000T 14nm++ 4 / 4 3.2 GHz N/A 6 MB 35W TBD

The performance results show that at stock clocks, the Core i9-9900K 10,916 points and 36.68 FPS in the CPU tests on 3DMark Timespy. The chip was also tested by a different user with clock speeds of 4.8 GHz across all cores and that scored 11,459 points and 38.50 FPS in the CPU tests. Now when we compare these results to an overclocked AMD Ryzen 2700X at 4.45 GHz that seems to be the near limit of the AMD flagship 8 core processor, the chip scores 10,285 points and 34.56 FPS in the same CPU benchmark.

The Core i9-9900K is tested in 3DMark Timespy at both, a stock and overclocked frequencies. (3DMark Timespy Link)

Looking at the above-mentioned results, we can see that even at stock speeds, the Intel Core i9-9900K is ahead of it’s overclocked competitor. Another thing to note is that the overclocked CPU doesn’t score a whole lot more than the stock clocked Core i9-9900K. The reason being that the Intel Core i9-9900K already boosts to 4.7 GHz across all 8 cores so we are only looking at a 100 MHz bump with the overclock. Keeping that in mind, the score is good enough but we expect it to reach much higher with retail samples that would be able to hit clocks north of 5 GHz.

In addition to the 3DMark Timespy results, we also have a new listing for the Core i9-9900K in the Geekbench 4 benchmark at 5.10 GHz clock speed across all 8 cores on an ASUS ROG Maximus X HERO motherboard.

The 9th generation will be compatible with existing 300 series and the new Z390 motherboards. Following are some key features of the upcoming lineup:

  • First performance Intel Core i9 desktop s-series processor
  • Up to 8 cores
  • Intel Z390 chipset compatible
  • Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM)
  • Integrated USB 3.1 gen 2 and Integrated Intel Wireless-AC
  • Up to 16 threads, 5.0 GHz, 16 MB cache, and 40 platform PCIe lanes (16 CPU + 24 PCH)
  • Compatible with all Intel 300 series chipsets
  • Intel Optane memory and Intel Optane SSD support
  • Thunderbolt 3 support

The specifications have been listed but there’s currently no word on the prices which are said to be expected around October, around the same time as the official announcement. Expect more on details regarding the prices and performance of these new 6 and 8 core mainstream parts from Intel in the coming months.

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