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Intel CORE I5-9600K 3.7 GHZ SKT1151 9MB CACHE BOXED - BX80684I59600K (Components > Processors CPU)

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The more cores a CPU has, the more applications you can run simultaneously without noticing a performance impact. To maximize performance with professional tools, you'll want to use a CPU with a high turbo boost frequency and many CPU cores. Good heat dissipation is needed to maintain turbo boost frequencies for extended periods. We took these factors into account while assessing the expected CPU performance for professional tools. Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics only: to use the Intel® Iris® Xe brand, the system must be populated with 128-bit (dual channel) memory. Otherwise, use the Intel® UHD brand. The 9600K model name doesn't have an F suffix. Non-F CPUs contain integrated graphics, and a separate graphics card isn't required if your motherboard includes video-output connectors (e.g., HDMI). Based on our evaluation of using Intel's Core i5-9600K CPU for professional tools, you can expect mediocre tool performance with a high-performance CPU cooler.

Office and web applications are typically single-threaded, so running a single application won't take advantage of a many-core CPU. If you're only going to game, or aren't a video/audio editor or power user then this CPU is superb. It's also pretty much bulletproof as far as longevity. I've had 2 i9-9900k's go bad now, and switched both over to 9600k's both times. Again, it's faster than the 9700k, just 2 less cores for multitasking. Read full review

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Intel processor numbers are not a measure of performance. Processor numbers differentiate features within each processor family, not across different processor families. See http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processors/processor-numbers.html for details. This article compares Intel's Core i5-13400 and Core i5-9600K desktop CPUs. We evaluated Intel's Core i5-13400 and Core i5-9600K desktop CPUs to determine which would be better for various use cases. We shaped our testing methodology to focus on each CPU's attributes rather than relying solely on benchmarks. We found that, in general, more cores do provide better performance in professional tools and when running multiple applications simultaneously.

The Intel Core i5-13400's 6 Performance cores have a 2.50 GHz base frequency and support a 4.60 GHz max turbo boost frequency. We've experienced that single-core performance is essential for some games, as many don't take full advantage of multiple cores. Similarly, we have experienced that professional tools depend on high single and multi-core turbo frequencies to maximize their processing speed.

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If you're only planning to stream shows, use office apps, or browse the internet, you won't need a top-end CPU to get good performance. The most important CPU capability for general app usage is the single-core max turbo boost frequency. Based on our evaluation of using Intel's Core i5-9600K CPU for general apps, you can expect good app performance with a high-performance CPU cooler. Depending on the game, the CPU will often handle tasks including scene management, gameplay logic, physics calculations, and asset loading. We took these factors into account when assessing the expected CPU performance for gaming. Based on our evaluation of using Intel's Core i5-13400 CPU for gaming, you can expect good game performance with a high-performance CPU cooler. Office and web applications rarely max out the CPU for long periods. These applications can use turbo boost speeds when a burst of processing power is needed, returning to the more efficient base frequencies afterward.

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