Intel Core i5-9600K Review

Mid-range desktop processor released in 2018 with 6 cores and 6 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 4.6GHz, and a 95W power rating. Core i5-9600K is based on the Coffee Lake Refresh 14nm family and part of the Core i5 series.
Price 59.9%
Speed 87%
Productivity 71%
Gaming 93%
Category Desktop
Target mid-range
Socket Compatibility LGA1151
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 8.5 %
Year 2018 Model
Price 198 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 6 Threads
Core Frequency 3.7 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.6 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 5 GHz
Power Consumption 95 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 9 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 59.9 %
Speed Score 87 %
Productivity Score 71 %
Gaming Score 93 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 17.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 8.8 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 4.4 %
Overall Score 49/100

The Core i5-9600K is one of Intel's mid-range Desktop processors. It was released in 2018 with 6 cores and 6 threads. With base clock at 3.7GHz, max speed at 4.6GHz, and a 95W power rating. The Core i5-9600K is based on the Coffee Lake Refresh 14nm family and is part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-9600K is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i5-8600K processor that was based on the Coffee Lake and 14nm process and was released in 2017.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Core i5-9600K absolutely nails this concept.

That something is the Core i5-9600K. Intel cranks the TDP dial up to 95W on this 6-core 6-thread chip, making it the high-performance counterpart to the 65W Core i5-9500, which is basically the same 14nm chip built with the Coffee Lake Refresh microarchitecture, but with a lower TDP rating. That chip came away from our first look at the Coffee Lake Refresh series with an Editor's Choice award, going toe-to-toe with AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X, so it's fair to say we have high hopes for the higher-performance model. Intel still hasn't sampled the chip to the press, so we bought one at retail to put it under the microscope.

As the higher-priced version of the Core i5-9500, the Core i5-9600K has higher base and Boost frequencies of 3.7 and 4.6 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Core i5-9500's PPT tops out at 65W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Core i5-9600K at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

Intel has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of Ryzen 5 processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the Intel Core i5-9600K on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Core i5-8600K with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

So which should you buy? Let's get that out of the way. Before this comparison review we updated our Best CPU feature and we said you should go with the Ryzen 5 3600X as it comes with a better stock cooler, can be overclocked, and the AM4 platform offers a significantly better upgrade path.

We stand by that assessment, but that won't escape us from running a few up to date benchmarks. We'll focus on gaming performance which should make life a little easier for AMD's CPU. For application performance you can refer back to our day-one coverage of the Ryzen 5 3600X where the Core i5-8600K was included. You can safely bet the 2.5% factory overclock isn’t going to make the Core i5-9600K any more than about 1-2% faster than those figures.

When it comes to gaming it’s fair to say there’s no wrong option here and the Ryzen 5 3600X and Core i5-9600K are evenly matched. The Core i5-9600K is at times faster thanks to better game support and lower latencies, but the Ryzen 5 3600X is often able to ensure smoother frame rates thanks to its support for twice as many threads.

For general computing the Ryzen 5 3600X can take advantage of multi-threading capabilities and will be considerably faster than the Core i5-9600K on heavy application workloads. Remember the Core i5-9600K is only marginally faster than the Core i5-8600K, so you can safely use the older model as a measuring stick. For rendering and encoding workloads the Ryzen 5 3600X can up to 41% faster.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the Ryzen 5 processor. The base performance we showed for the Core i5-9600K can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen 5 3600X will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

Moving beyond games, it’s an easy win for the Ryzen 5 3600X. The Ryzen 5 upgrade path on A320, B350, B450, X370, X470, X570 motherboards, all support upcoming Zen 2 processors. So if you buy a nice A320, B350, B450, X370, X470, X570 board now with the Ryzen 5 3600X, you’ll be able to slap a Coffee Lake Refresh processor on there later in the year, or whenever you deem it necessary.

For a 6-core processor, Intel’s $198 flagship Core i5-9600K processor seems downright cheap. On paper, the cost of those 0 extra cores is almost an afterthought when you stack it up against its direct competitor, the $237 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 3600X.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, Intel also offers the Core i5-9500 at $207. It’s still outfitted with 6-cores and 6-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3GHz and maxes out at only 4.4GHz.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i5 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 93% in our benchmarks.

If you’ve been looking for an affordable, powerhouse CPU that both works and parties hard, this is it.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Core i5 CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the mid-range with its Core i5-9600K processors, which the company is making available as of Oct 2018.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i5-9600K

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i5-9600K.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $16.1 155.3 FPS
131.1 FPS
82.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $8.6 151.2 FPS
127.7 FPS
80.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $5.1 137.2 FPS
114.7 FPS
71.8 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $22.8 131.5 FPS
111.1 FPS
71.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $5.4 129.7 FPS
107.3 FPS
66.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $6.2 121.5 FPS
102.3 FPS
64.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $4.1 120.8 FPS
98.8 FPS
61.7 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $10.1 119.2 FPS
98.8 FPS
63.2 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $5.9 119.2 FPS
98.1 FPS
60.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $3.4 116 FPS
95.5 FPS
58.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $4.4 114.5 FPS
92.3 FPS
58.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $3.7 108.4 FPS
85.9 FPS
53.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $3.3 106.3 FPS
87.6 FPS
53.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $4.8 103.2 FPS
83.7 FPS
51.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $3.4 102 FPS
79 FPS
48.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $2.8 100.3 FPS
81.9 FPS
50.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $15.5 96.7 FPS
77.3 FPS
50.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $5.2 96.5 FPS
79.4 FPS
48.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $4.3 95.7 FPS
77.5 FPS
47.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $10.7 93 FPS
74.5 FPS
45.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $3.1 91 FPS
73.8 FPS
45.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $4.4 90.4 FPS
74.3 FPS
45.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $4.5 88.1 FPS
70.7 FPS
43.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $2.7 85.8 FPS
69.6 FPS
42.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $8 80.9 FPS
65.3 FPS
40 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $2.7 80.7 FPS
65.5 FPS
40.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $3.6 76.6 FPS
60.3 FPS
36.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $8.8 73.5 FPS
62 FPS
39.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $2.3 70.3 FPS
56.8 FPS
34.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $2.9 69.7 FPS
54.8 FPS
32.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $7.9 69.4 FPS
55.3 FPS
34.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $3.4 67.9 FPS
53.4 FPS
31.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $9.7 66.8 FPS
55.4 FPS
34.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $15.4 64.8 FPS
51.3 FPS
33 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $8.7 63.2 FPS
52.2 FPS
32.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $4 63 FPS
50 FPS
30.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $2.7 62.5 FPS
49.2 FPS
29.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $7.1 60.8 FPS
50.1 FPS
31.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $2.8 59.8 FPS
47.5 FPS
29.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $5.6 58.8 FPS
46.2 FPS
29.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $7 57.2 FPS
46.6 FPS
29.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $5.8 56.8 FPS
45.7 FPS
26.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $3 56.1 FPS
45.1 FPS
27.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $2.8 53.6 FPS
43.1 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $3.6 50 FPS
40.4 FPS
24.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $5.4 42.1 FPS
33.6 FPS
21 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $6.6 37.8 FPS
30.3 FPS
17.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $5.3 37.5 FPS
30 FPS
17.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $4.6 36.9 FPS
29.7 FPS
18.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $7.6 36.6 FPS
29.6 FPS
17.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $5.5 36.1 FPS
28.8 FPS
17.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $5.4 31.5 FPS
25 FPS
15.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $3.4 29.1 FPS
22.9 FPS
13.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $5.6 28.5 FPS
22.4 FPS
14 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $5.3 28 FPS
21.1 FPS
13.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $5.4 27.8 FPS
20.4 FPS
12.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $5.4 25.7 FPS
20.3 FPS
12.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $6 24.8 FPS
17.4 FPS
11 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $3.9 20.3 FPS
16.1 FPS
9.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $4.1 19.4 FPS
15.3 FPS
8.9 FPS

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Ky097le June 26, 2020

i5 9600k Prime95 errors - Help please


I've overclocked my i5 9600k to 4.9ghz with 1.375v. -1 AVX. But i kept getting whea uncorrectable error. So as advised I lowered clock to 4.8ghz. I ran prime 95 on 4.9ghz and then on 4.8ghz, second test is 0 AVX. Both test fixed over all cores.

So to be clear, first test results are 4.9ghz 1.375v -1 AVX. Second set of results below is 4.8ghz 1.375v 0 Avx.

These were the results:

[Wed May 20 20:45:51 2020]

FATAL ERROR: Final result was 01EF9848, expected: 87610A79.

Hardware failure detected, consult stress.txt file.

FATAL ERROR: Rounding was 1.154252334, expected less than 0.4

Hardware failure detected, consult stress.txt file.

Self-test 288K passed!

Self-test 288K passed!

Self-test 288K passed!

Self-test 288K passed!

[Wed May 20 21:03:29 2020]

FATAL ERROR: Rounding was 0.4865316838, expected less than 0.4

Hardware failure detected, consult stress.txt file.

Self-test 288K passed!

FATAL ERROR: Final result was A4F988E5, expected: BA409794.

Hardware failure detected, consult stress.txt file.

Self-test 288K passed!

Self-test 288K passed!

Self-test 288K passed!

Does this mean its unstable? This voltage is really high compared with other people. I could pull the OC back again to 4.7 but everyone says i5 9600k is capable of 5ghz easily usually, 4.9 minimum?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

damaged_goods420 June 18, 2020

It's not stable. What board do you have and what are your LLC settings?

grumd June 22, 2020

Download HWInfo and monitor these values: 1. VCore voltage, 2. CPU package temperature, 3. VRM temperature (optional).

HWInfo can even open some graphs, here's how my graphs look like:

My 9600kf runs at 5.2GHz at 1.368v (as reported by HWInfo).

First of all, when you start monitoring these values, check what's your actual voltage under stress test load. See if it's really 1.375v. Then also check if your CPU is not overheating. And also good idea to check if VRMs are not overheating.

Ky097le June 24, 2020

My voltage not under load was 1.384 then under load was 1.36. Just adjusted LLC, and now its 1.384 not under load, now 1.376 under load. Is that good enough now?

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Overclocking help i5 9600k Asrock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac LGA 1151

I have a Asrock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac LGA 1151 with a i5 9600k and a Thermaltake 3.0 AIO.

In my bios, I cannot get the cpu clock to increase. I tried to multiplier and it didnt change a thing. I just need some basic tuning here. No limits pushed. I am not sure what settings I need to change to get this clock speed up and I don't want to burn anything. Please help if you can

charpie34 August 09, 2020

Help with i5 9600k oc

I have a 500watt psu and every time I try and oc over 3700 ghz my pc crashes any help would be greatly appreciated

WilliamLeGod August 09, 2020

U will not get any explaination with that lack of info

KysonOfCreations August 09, 2020

Either your cpu has lost the silicon lottery or your psu can’t handle the oc

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Ayush2017 July 27, 2020
Cooler suggestion
Can I Use 'Cooler Master MasterAir MA610P' for my (i5 9600k) first build ever... Below are the Specs -

i5 9600k
Msi GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 OC
Any 8GB x 2 DDR4 Memory

Is 'Cooler Master MasterAir MA610P' a good choice .
Don't have much choices in India right now and on top of that, this is my first build...Have decent theory knowledge but never practically built before...
I hope someone helps, btw I'm plaaning to game only, GTA V, Cricket 19, Euro Truck Simulator, etc.. Aiming for 1080p 60(+) only on high or very high settings...
Edit - Not gonna overclock it , but will set turbo mode to automatic (which it is already by default }
So if this is fine, PLease also suggest a budget friendly case too....(upto 100$ maybe).
geofelt October 09, 2006
Either cooler would do the job.
But, they are tall coolers(166.5 and 162.8) and may not fit in some cases.
The cm master 500 cases have good airflow and can handle coolers up to 167mm
ThatSourMelon July 17, 2020
Upgrade or buy a new pc?
So I have a few questions, I was thinking of upgrading my pc, like getting big Navi when it comes out, I have an intel core i5 9600k, so I figured that would probable bottleneck and get a new cpu instead, and the gpu later. Something like a ryzen 7 or 9, maybe 4th gen when it comes out, (is there much of a difference between 8 and 12 cores in gaming and is it worth the extra cost?) can a gpu bottleneck a cpu? I have an Rx 580 gaming x 8gb, so that would be a new cpu + motherboard, graphics card, and more storage, and if I was upgrading that much stuff would it be a better idea to just sell my pc and build a new one? Is it easier to sell entire pc’s than individual parts? I built it last year but already want some more powerful hardware.
sizzling October 18, 2006
You could start with a top end gpu when next gen are out. The 9600k will do a decent job but yes you may see some FPS drops in some games that a cpu with more threads would not suffer. For cpu probably best to wait and see what Ryzen 4000 series brings.
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Kamal007v November 15, 2014
R5 3600 anyday unless your main game is something like Arma 3 that relies on High clocks. Even then it's not worth it to dump the 3600 for just one game. Maybe the 10600K if you specifically wanna buy intel for some reason but again the price to performance ratio 3600 wins.
Vast__ June 16, 2020
New CPU not booting up even after CMOS reset.
I recently bought a new CPU, the i5-9600k in replace of my old cpu the i5-7500. On boot after resetting the CMOS and putting in new thermal paste the PC started for a second with fans spinning and then powered off. The motherboard diagnostic lights say it was due to the CPU where it either is not detected or failed.

I put in my old CPU and the PC worked with no problem.

Things to note:
I had to use a paper-clip for the CMOS reset PC

PSU: CX 500
MB: B250m Motherboard MSI
New CPU: i5 9600k
Old CPU: i5 7500

Image of PC
rgd1101 November 07, 2011
motherboard only support 6th/7th cpu
is in the cpu supported list on MSI website

and you should get a new cooler for 9600k, not the stock i5 7500 cooler
AzzyDude24601 June 15, 2020
Are these benchmark scores accurate for i5-9600k vs i7-9700k ?
About a year ago I built a PC for myself and one for my girlfriend. I wanted to spend a little extra so I got an i7 9700k. My girlfriend wanted to spend a little less and got the i5 9600k. Hers is overclocked to about 4.2 GHz and mine is overclocked to about 4.6 GHz.

Anyway, recently I decided to do a 3DMark benchmark (Time Spy) on both machines and it said the i5 9600k scored about 5000 on the CPU test whereas the i7 9700k scored 8000. I really wasn't expecting this much of a difference between the two and I'm almost concerned her CPU might not be performing correctly. Does this seem like accurate scoring?

I guess I just thought for gaming, there wasn't that much of a leap between the i5 and the i7 versions of these chips.
popatim December 02, 2009
6 cores vs 8 cores

dividing the score by Compute units (cores times clockspeed) you come out with ~.2 for hers and ~ .22 for yours. I used 4200 & 4600 respectively.

Close enough for me and I expect you rounded those TimeSpy scores anyways.
Skylineyt June 10, 2020
I5 9600K With Gigabyte H370 AORUS Gaming 3 ATX Motherboard?
I'm currently planning on building my friend a streaming/gaming PC on and I encountered an error saying "Warning!Some Intel H370 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions." The only problem is that he really likes the aesthetic of this motherboard, ideally not changing it. The motherboard needs to have a bios update ideally past November 2018 to post/boot. What are the chances that it wouldn't have the BIOS update. Is there too much risk?

This is the spec list -

Also he has a 500watt PSU, that should be enough?
Karadjgne December 26, 2012
Because no everybody wants or needs to overclock and K series cpus have slightly higher base clocks and less issues with ram compatibility at higher ram speeds.
No thank you. I'd not suggest the use of Evga B1, N1, W1, G1, NEX or any of a half dozen other Evga branded units, or even some of the Seasonic built older units like from XFX or Antec or even Seasonic. I'd rather have no pc at all than deal with an S12-III.

OEM and vendor aside, it's the model itself that is everything. Huge difference between an Evga NEX or 500B/N/W and an Evga G2 or Corsair VS and AXi.
morettim1 June 10, 2020
PC high temps both idle and while gaming
Hello, so I recently swapped out my Cryorig H7 quad lumi air cooler for a Cryorig A40 water cooler. While it gave me a headache to install (mainly because i never dealt with pc parts before) it was doing just fine with temps. I even stress tested and the highest it went to was 71 C on the cpu side so i know for a fact it doesnt have to do with the thermal paste or anything. A day later i installed two rgb fans that i ordered from amazon (i believe they are called Pccooler halo rgb fans 3 pack) into the case and im not sure if i connected the headers in the wrong place or what but my pc has been reaching temps of 76C on the GPU and 75 ish C on the CPU ever since. I have no idea what I did wrong and im losing my mind with this damn pc. Its currently 81 degrees Fahrenheit in my apartment so im not sure if thats what is causing the insanely high temps. I should also mention that my pc keeps completely crashing and making a high annoying buzzing sound as if something is breaking like 10 mins after i start gaming or using the pc, which causes me to have to hard boot it off.
Rtx 2070 Zotac Extreme AMP
MSI z390 gaming edge AC
i5 9600k (overclocked to 4.3ghz i had no problem with overclocking prior to installing these fans and new cpu cooler so that is not the problem)
Team force 16 gigs of ram
650 watt power supply
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Intel 660p 512gb SSD
H500 NZXT case

Please let me know if i can provide any more info that can help determine the issue, im not too knowledgeable about pc parts so i know i must have done something to mess up the system.
Phaaze88 December 30, 2016
Let's see here...
Yep, you've got way too much exhaust: top, rear, and front.

All you have to do here is remove the radiator fans, 180 them, and reinstall them - done.
By 180, I mean just flip the fans around.
newbie_builder420 June 05, 2020
How to fix first PC build?
Currently very frustrated at how my first PC build is going. I installed Windows (or partway through at least) and the PC restarted but now it's stuck at the EZ debug light for the CPU. The fans turn when everytime it blinks (in white).

I am not sure what the exact issue is, but I am almost sure at this point it's some piece of hardware's failure. Either the CPU, motherboard, or the power supply. Still, I am not sure what to do and am so frustrated especially after spending so much money and time for this.
Pictures of motherboard and CPU pins:

Case: Phanteks Eclipse P350X
Mobo: MSI Z390-A PRO
CPU: Intel i5-9600K
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 × 8 GB)
SSD: Samsung 970 EVO (500 GB)
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Ventus XS OC
CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition
Power Supply: Corsair CX550M
julienruc August 08, 2018
Sorry about this, but I misread your inital post and shouks have read it better.

The Z390 should natively support 9th Gen out of the box. Your PC did post since you were half-way installing Windows. I think the issue may come from somewhere else. Are you able to access the BIOS at all now?
TheTuskii June 02, 2020
PC Upgrade Path
Hello whoever's reading this!

Back a few years I built my very first pc, I used a Pentium G4620 , Zotac mini GTX 1050 , a 500W Cert. PSU , a b250m motherboard , 16gb of DDR4 and a common WD blue 1TB HHD . Since then I have upgraded my mother board to a Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon , my crappy case, my PSU (which is now a 600W cooler master 80+ bronz cert. PSU ), and finally my CPU cooler to a after market one.

Just by the specs you can tell it is nothing over the top xD! I was wondering what a good upgrades would be.
As of now I am looking at the RTX 2060 Super, and the i5 9600k. I want a noticeable upgrade in graphics and fps, and something that will allow me to expand in the future. (BTW I already ordered a 1tb SSD , tired of a 10 minute system power up lol. Any ideas, or different upgrades please let me know. Also I would like something that maybe supports Ray Tracing .


hang-the-9 March 25, 2010
Since you have a high end motherboard you may just want to change your CPU from the Pentium to a higher spec 7th gen i5 or an i7 (used) and replace the video card so you don't need to change the motherboard as well again. Changing the motherboard and cooler while leaving the CPU the same was not a good move, a motherboard does almost nothing for the speed of the system unless you are pushing the thing with overclocking.
iMatty May 27, 2020
Question about temperature
So right now, I am running an i3 9100f.
And because I live in a hot country, and my AC is broken.
I am using a fan to blow air onto me and my pc.
But I just noticed that my CPU is getting to 60-61 C while gaming, but because my AC is broken, when my AC is not its around 50 or 51.
Would that consider being overheating or?

And right now, I ordered an i5 9600k and its on the way, I have my cooler in my signature.

Thank you in advance.
CountMike October 31, 2015
No, those are fine temps.
Mattjaccino May 23, 2020
Gigabyte B360 HD3 onboard LAN not working
I just upgraded my PC with an i5-9600K and an RX 5700 XT, but my ethernet port doesn't doing anything now.

This motherboard was my brothers, so I know it works as we were both wired in to our router. I installed all the drivers, but when I try to install the RTL8111 driver, it says "the network controller was not found" and quits.

What do I do?

Edit: I see in the peripherals menu on the BIOS screen that the controller is not listed, so it must be broken.
Karadjgne December 26, 2012
Well if that didn't fix it, then it's not a software or driver communication error, because those commands basically reboot and reset that in bios/windows, like a hard reset. Which leaves a physical hardware issue, maybe that screw shorted between 2 points and messed up a physical component like a cap or diode. It's even possible to break the traces, especially on older boards, they seperate from the solder joint or crack.

Your solution of an adding card is usually the best fix, as it's also quite often an upgrade in bandwidth capacity.
riobijoy May 23, 2020
Good PSU for i5 9600k and RTX 2060 AMP
Please suggest a good PSU for my components,Earlier i have Cooler Master Thunder 600 W SMPS

Processor----i5 9600k.
GPU----------Zotac RTX 2020 Amp.
HDD---------2x2 TB HDD.
CPU Cooler----Cooler master Evo 212.
siaan312 June 15, 2017
550 watts should be enough for that system.

i usually go for corsair cxm series since its modular and cheap, and is rated not bad on the psu tier list, but you dont have to.
take anything from there, i wouldnt go lower than B tier.
iMatty May 20, 2020
Upgrade i5 9600k
My motherboard is in my signature, and I was wondering that I will be upgrading to the i5 9600k.

I checked my motherboard manual and it said it's supported.
I just wanna make sure that it should work just fine?

Thank you