Intel Core i7-6850K vs Core i5-9600

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Intel Core i7-6850K
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Games supported 99%

General info

Comparing Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating597646
Value for money8.6225.32
Market segmentDesktop processorDesktop processor
Seriesno dataIntel Core i5
Architecture codenameBroadwell-E (2016)Coffee Lake (2017−2019)
Release date31 May 2016 (6 years ago)19 October 2018 (3 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$475$213
Price now$406 (0.9x MSRP)$216 (1x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores6 (Hexa-Core)6 (Hexa-Core)
Threads126
Base clock speed3.6 GHz3.1 GHz
Boost clock speed4 GHz4.6 GHz
Bus supportno data4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache32 KB (per core)64K (per core)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)256K (per core)
L3 cache15 MB (shared)9 MB (shared)
Chip lithography14 nm14 nm
Die sizeno data149 mm2
Maximum core temperature67°no data
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °C72 °C
64 bit support+-
Windows 11 compatibility-+
Unlocked multiplier+-

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration11
SocketFCLGA2011-3FCLGA1151
Thermal design power (TDP)140 Watt65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsno dataIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI++
AVX++
vPro-+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+no data
Turbo Boost Technology2.0no data
Hyper-Threading Technology+no data
TSXno data+
Idle States+no data
Thermal Monitoringno data+
SIPPno data+
Smart Response+no data
Turbo Boost Max 3.0+no data

Security technologies

Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT++
EDB+no data
MPXno data+
Identity Protectionno data+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600 are enumerated here.

VT-d++
VT-x++
EPT+no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4DDR4-2666
Maximum memory size128 GB128 GB
Max memory channels42
ECC memory support--

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics cardno dataIntel UHD Graphics 630

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600 integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.

Max resolution over HDMI 1.4no data4096 x 2304@24Hz

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.

DirectXno data12

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600.

PCIe version3.03.0
PCI Express lanes4016

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-6850K 10.66
+9.1%
i5-9600 9.77
  • Passmark
  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i7-6850K 11315
+9.1%
i5-9600 10369
i7-6850K 976
i5-9600 1180
+20.9%
i7-6850K 5775
+15.6%
i5-9600 4996

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-6850K and Core i5-9600. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 9.9 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 10.66 9.77
Novelty 31 May 2016 19 October 2018
Cost $475 $213
Boost clock speed 3800 4600
Base clock speed 3600 3100
Thermal design power (TDP) 140 Watt 65 Watt

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Intel Core i7-6850K
Intel Core i7-6850K

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Intel Core i5-9600
Intel Core i5-9600

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Competitors of Core i7-6850K by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-6850K from AMD is Ryzen 3 4300GE, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of Core i5-9600 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-9600 by AMD is FX-9590, which is slower by 2% and lower by 13 positions in our rating.

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