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Intel Core i7 7700K vs i5 9600K

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 7700K with 4-cores against the 3.7 GHz i5 9600K with 6-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

NanoReview Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Consumption
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between 9600K and 7700K
Advantages of Intel Core i7 7700K
  • Consumes up to 4% less energy than the Core i5 9600K – 91 vs 95 Watt
Advantages of Intel Core i5 9600K
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • Newer - released 1 year and 9 months later
  • Has 2 physical cores more than the 7700K
  • Around 5.84 GB/s (16%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • Has 1 MB larger L3 cache size
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.6 GHz vs 4.5 GHz)


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)


Full technical specification of Intel Core i7 7700K and i5 9600K


Vendor Intel Intel
Released January 3, 2017 October 8, 2018
Launch price 350 USD 263 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
Codename Kaby Lake Coffee Lake
Model number i7-7700K i5-9600K
Socket LGA-1151 LGA-1151
Integrated GPU Intel HD Graphics 630 Intel UHD Graphics 630


Cores 4 6
Threads 8 6
Base Frequency 4.2 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.5 GHz 4.6 GHz
Bus frequency 42 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 100x 37x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s 8 GT/s
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 256K (per core)
L3 Cache 8MB (shared) 9MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes


Fabrication Process 14 nm 14 nm
TDP 91 W 95 W
Max. temperature 100°C 100°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2400, DDR3L-1600 DDR4-2666
Memory Size 64 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 35.76 GB/s 41.6 GB/s
EEC Support No No


Official site Intel Core i7 7700K official page Intel Core i5 9600K official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 16
Instruction Set SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2 SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2

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So which CPU will you choose: Intel Core i5 9600K or i7 7700K?