The Intel Core i5-9600K is the next processor to get a price cut thanks to new CPU generations, dropping down to $174.99 at B&H Photo and Video. That’s an $85 price cut over its initial price, bringing the CPU to its lowest price yet.
The Intel Core i5-9600K is a 6 core, 6-thread unlocked CPU with a base clock speed of 3.7GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.3 GHz when using all 6 cores. That makes it roughly equivalent to a hypothetical unlocked 10th Generation Core i3 CPU, though you’ll need a Z series motherboard to overclock it. It also supports DDR4 memory and has 16 PCIe lanes and a 9MB L3 Cache.
Just note that, as this is a K-series CPU, it lacks an in-box cooler. So if you don't have one that will work, you'll need to factor that into the price as well.
In our testing, the i5-9600K averaged 118.3 fps across 10 different games. It also earned a score of 7178 on a scripted workload in PCMark 10. This tended to place it towards the middle-of-the-pack for games and towards the bottom for productivity, leading our review to conclude that “the processor clearly provides the best performance for gaming at its price point, though AMD alternatives are enticing if you’re more interested in productivity applications.”
Still, if you’re running a Z930 motherboard with a Pentium or Core i3 CPU, this deal offers a great way to upgrade to one of the best CPUs Intel offers in the sub-$200 range. Sure, the newer 10th Generation CPUs deliver more threads, but many are hard to find in stock--especially at or near their MSRPs. Plus, if you opt for one of those newer CPUs, you'd be on the hook for a new motherboard as well.
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Who would spend that much money on a CPU without HT right now?, I guess either someone with a compatible motherboard and a pentium or core i3. Otherwise go for 10th gen intel or Ryzen 3xxxReply
Does this mean PC Part Picker's Price Tracker is inaccurate?Reply
Shows B&H had the I5-9600K for $174.99 back on 4/26/20. Guess that means is NOT the lowest ever.
Admin said:Intel’s unlocked 9th Gen Core i5 already offered the best performance for its price, and now it’s challenging cheaper CPUs too.
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The 9600K should be ~$99, IMO, to undercut the 3300X, and, of course, the 3600...(Being priced higher than the 3600 is ludicrous)
RodroX said:Who would spend that much money on a CPU without HT right now?,
The 9700K lacks hyperthreading, but, it's actual 8 cores do very well....(obviously)...
Given teh great prices on the R5-3600, however, i consider Intel's 6c/6t CPUs of past generations to be 'has-beens'/non-contenders...
At that price, it is competing against the cheaper Ryzen 5 3500 which cost less, and very closely priced against the Ryzen 5 3600 which is overall faster than the i5. Considering that you need to get a Z370/390 series motherboard to overclock the i5 9600K, I feel the price is still unattractive.Reply
I would think about it, given that it was on a smaller node and had more physical cores...RodroX said:Who would spend that much money on a CPU without HT right now?
I totally agree there! The new Ryzen 3 is its main competitor, performance wise.mdd1963 said:The 9600K should be ~$99, IMO, to undercut the 3300X, and, of course, the 3600...(Being priced higher than the 3600 is ludicrous)
Olle P said:I would think about it, given that it was on a smaller node and had more physical cores...
The 9600K Smaller node and more physical cores? Than what? Its a 14nm CPU, like all Intel CPUs from the last 5 years.
Unless you are comparing it agasint the Core i5 7600K, which was a 4 core CPU, but still the same 14nm node?
Not what I claimed.RodroX said:The 9600K Smaller node and more physical cores?
You asked who would purchase A CPU without HT .
My response is that I might do it, given that it has more cores and is on a smaller node than the 9600K.