Core i9-9900X: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Core i9-9900X provides good benchmark performance at 14.10% of a leader's which is a 96-core Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

Summary

Intel started Core i9-9900X sales 19 October 2018 at a recommended price of $989. This is a Skylake (server) architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 10 cores and 20 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 4500 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA2066 processor with a TDP of 165 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR4-2666 memory.

Primary details

Core i9-9900X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking487
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation14.88
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesIntel Core i9
Architecture codenameSkylake (server) (2017−2019)
Release date19 October 2018 (5 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$989of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$446 (0.5x MSRP)of 15701 (Xeon Platinum 8276L)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance per price, higher is better.

Detailed specifications

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores10 (Deca-Core)
Threads20
Base clock speed3.5 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed4.5 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
Bus support4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache1 MB (per core)of 96 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
L3 cache19.25 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithography14 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Maximum core temperature92 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °Cof 105 (Core i7-5950HQ)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility+
Unlocked multiplierYes

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-9900X compatibility with other computer components and devices: 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 configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketFCLGA2066
Power consumption (TDP)165 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i9-9900X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
AES-NI+
AVX+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
TSX+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0+
StatusDiscontinued

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

EDB+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-d+
VT-x+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i9-9900X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4-2666
Maximum memory size128 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels4of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth85 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9124)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of a GPU integrated into Core i9-9900X.

Integrated graphics cardN/A

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0of 5 (Core i9-12900K)
PCI Express lanes44of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i9-9900X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Combined synthetic benchmark 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.

i9-9900X 14.10

Passmark

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.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i9-9900X 21803

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i9-9900X 1458

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i9-9900X 9342

Gaming performance

Closest competitors

Core i9-9900X's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop CPUs.


Ryzen 5 5600X 100.43
Core i9-9900X 100
Ryzen 5 5600 98.94

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i9-9900X is Ryzen 7 PRO 5750GE, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 3 positions in our ranking.

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Recommended GPUs

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