Intel Core i5-9600K vs Intel Core i7-5960X

Comparison of technical characteristics between computer processors, with the Intel Core i7-5960X on one hand, and the Intel Core i5-9600K on the other hand. The first has a total of 8 cores, 16 threads, a maximum frequency of 3.5 GHz, a thermal design power of 140 W. The second has 6 cores, 6 threads, its turbo frequency reaches 4.6 GHz, its TDP is set to 95 W. The following table also allows us to compare the lithography, the number of transistors (if indicated), the amount of cache memory, the maximum RAM memory capacity, the type of memory accepted, the launch date, the maximum number of PCIe lines , the values obtained in Geekbench 4 and Cinebench R15, as well as the price.


Processor Intel Core i5-9600K Intel Core i7-5960X
Family Coffee Lake Haswell E
Part number(s), S-Spec BX80684I59600K,
Release date Q4 2018 Q3 2014
Lithography 14 nm++ 22 nm
Transistors 2,600,000,000
Cores 6 8
Threads 6 16
Base frequency 3.7 GHz 3.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.6 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cache 9 MB 20 MB
Max memory size 64 GB 64 GB
Memory types DDR4-2666 DDR4 1600/1866/2133
Max PCIe lanes 16 40
TDP 95 W 140 W
Socket LGA 1151 LGA 2011-3
Cinebench R15 single-thread 199 140
Cinebench R15 multi-thread 1,072 1,393
PassMark single thread 2,675 1,995
PassMark CPU Mark 13,475 15,950
Geekbench 4 single-core 5,843 4,683
Geekbench 4 multi-core 22,453 29,083
Rating 4.7 / 5 4.3 / 5
Number of reviews 173 149
Price $260 $559
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We can better compare what are the technical differences between the two processors. The processor Intel Core i7-5960X has a larger number of cores, that the maximum frequency of the Intel Core i5-9600K is superior, that the TDP of the Intel Core i5-9600K is lower. The Intel Core i5-9600K has been launched after.

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Performance comparison between the two processors, for this we consider the following benchmarking softwares: Geekbench 4, PassMark and Cinebench R15.

Geekbench 4:

Processeur Geekbench 4 – Score multi-core & single-core – Windows 64-bit
Intel Core i7-5960X  4 683
 29 083
Intel Core i5-9600K  5 843
 22 453

Geekbench 4 is a complete benchmark platform with several types of tests, including data compression, image encryption, AES encryption, SQL encoding, HTML rendering, PDF rendering, Matrix calculation, Fast Fourier Transformation, 3D object simulation, photo editing, memory testing. This allows us to better visualize the respective power of these two chips. For each result, we took an average of 250 values on the famous benchmark software.

On the single-core side, the difference is 25%. In multi-core, the difference in terms of gap is 30%.


Processeur PassMark – CPU Mark & single thread
Intel Core i7-5960X  1,995
Intel Core i5-9600K  2,675

PassMark is a benchmarking software that performs several tests including prime numbers, integers, floating point, compression, physics, extended instructions, encryption, sorting. Higher is the score, bigger is the power of the computer.

On PassMark, there is a difference of 34% in single-core. On the multi-core side, the gap is 18%.

Cinebench R15:

Processeur Cinebench R15 – Score
Intel Core i7-5960X  140
Intel Core i5-9600K  199

Cinebench R15 allows to evaluate the performance of a CPU by rendering a photorealistic 3D scene. The scene has 2,000 objects, 300,000 polygons, antialiasing, uses sharp and fuzzy reflections, bright areas, procedural shaders, shadows, etc. Faster is the rendering of the scene created, more powerful is the PC, with a high number of points.

On this software, there is a difference of 42% in single-core. On the multi-core side, the gap reaches 30%.