Intel Core i9 9900K Review – should YOU buy IT?

Today Intel officially launch some new Intel 9 Generation processors – and Leo has had his hands on the new Intel Core i9 9900k and finds out if the expensive new processor is worth the substantial investment or not.

Read the full review over on HERE:

Test systems used:
CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master
RAM: 16GB G.Skill SniperX DDR4-3400MHz

CPU: Core i7-8700K
Motherboard: ASRock Z370 Extreme4
RAM: 16GB G.Skill SniperX DDR4-3400MHz

CPU: Intel Core i7-7820X
Motherboard: Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme
RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum SE DDR4-3466MHz at 3400MHz

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Motherboard: Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi
RAM: 16GB G.Skill SniperX DDR4-3400MHz

CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Celsius S24
Graphics: Nvidia RTX 2080 Founders Edition 8GB GDDR6
SSD: 1TB WD Black M.2 NVMe and 512GB Samsung 960 Pro
Power Supply: Seasonic Prime Platinum 1300W

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Jeffrey Bozko says:

intel going full retard right now

eloney1 says:

Ouch calling out Principal Technologies, I love it keep it up Leo.

YouTubeWatcher says:

preorders are back ordered, everywhere is sold out. this product launch is vaporware.

ArJuna22 says:

As much as I’d like to upgrade I will stick with my FIVE year old i7-4790K running all four cores at 4.6Ghz drawing only 105 watts according to HWMonitor for the whole package under extreme stress test with AIDA64, and my core temps are in the 70s. How sad that Intel cannot seem to make any real progress in five years. Hell, the base clock on the i7-4790K is higher than any of the new 9th gen Intel CPU’s. WTH?

Andrei Neacsu says:

Hey, Intel, where’s the rest of 20 cores at 5.0 GHz that you advertised?

Garreth Moran says:

700 euros for 9900k no thanks amd 2700x 340 euros yes please really intel have u totally lost the plot.

Peter Nguyen says:

The gains on the i9 9900k doesn’t make sense for the price they have it at, cost $859 here in Australia. now can get a 8700k for $350 used. if you want to game just get a i7 8700k

MizzBrah says:

Honestly it’s not a bad processor. The price is too high because they just can’t produce enough to meet the demand which is crazy right now even at these high prices. Why do people need to justify and cry here even if AMD is cheaper? It isn’t as good as these intel chips anyway, and no AMD will never be. There is a reason AMD is the budget option and intel and Nvidia have the market to themselves. Stop crying and buy what you can afford people. Let others enjoy in the meanwhile, their better performance if they can afford it.

Jean-Marc SEALELLI says:

KitGuru, quick jump between slides and Leo is a pain to watch.
Have Leo in one corner and the slides in background would allow a much better user experience.

Ezra Litton says:

People don’t have to buy a totally new PC to upgrade! In vast number of situations it would be CPU, Motherboard and Ram (for people on haswell and other DDR3 platforms), for others there are lots of people that already have DDR4 2666+. Like many, I’ve been waiting to see this 8C from intel, I really wanted to see more. Unfortunately – High price, huge heat output and double the price for slight increase over 8700k. I’ve been waiting to upgrade from 4790k / Z97… my platinum Seasonic PSU is still good, case is still good, I upgraded to a 10 series card two years ago and not time to upgrade the card, NVME Ssd still good, 360mm Rad good. Just keep that in mind when we compare the cost of a total system as you did because few of your viewers are building from scratch with all new components to jump to 9900k, many people have been waiting for a reason to upgrade. I am glad that at the end you brought up the truth – go ahead and go to x299 for this kind of money. More PCI lanes and cores, but still gonna pay a arm and a leg for that too.

Smiling Man says:

im building a pc with a 3k budget, i play all kinds of games from triple A to less demanding ones..My dilemma is that im not sure wether i should get a i7-9700k + 2080 or an i5-9600k + 2080TI. I’d get the 8700k but the prices on that one have gone up quite alot. I want high fps with every setting maxes out on 1440p without any stutters.

Damian Bragg says:

I really enjoyed this

Hector Domino says:

Holy Smokes! If this CPU reaches temp 90 degree Celsius on that open AIO, whats it gonna be inside a case I wonder!!!
I think Intel’s “Hidden Chiller” theory is solved, Finally.

iT GR says:

1080p gaming on core i9 lol, 4K gamers buy Ryzen and save money for RTX, is how it’s done

WTF Review Time says:

kinda pricey there dontchathank?

Frank Daeran says:

@ 12:58 I understand your reasoning in here about “why not just start on the HEDT platform?” for those who may be looking at this 9900K for more editing productivity tasks and gaming is nil or secondary. I’d say true for pros. But the price of adoption of the whole HEDT Intel platform is considerably more expensive and with threadripper you sacrifice in the gaming end if you still want it occasionally – and it could end up being just as expensive depending on which SKU you go with. There will always be that segment of the population (myself included) who are not pros but still do a lot of editing, who look at this as an all rounder – for whom editing is first, gaming is second. In that regard it is attractive if you’re coming from say 4th or 5th gen. (Haswell for me, AMD FX before that) The big drawback is only 16 lanes on the CPU and a 64GB RAM limit, but I’m a hobbyist editor who considers 64Gb the sweetspot for my 4K NLE project’s. And even though gaming is secondary, it is still a consideration. I’ve been building for decades now (in my 50’s) and I’ve switched companies and platforms more times than I could count. As a work-play tool this is just the most logical choice. I’ve gotten 4 years out of my Haswell (4790), I’d hope this would last me the same amount of time. I really appreciate all the time you put into these vids and I always like your input and considerations. Cheers

Martin Luther says:

Leo is very principled unlike PT

Pelle Nils says:

Should i replace my 7700k with a 9900k only for games when running with a 1080ti (upgrade pending)? I’m playing at 1440p with a 165Hz monitor for the foreseeable future.

JayzBeerz says:

Great channel. You definitely need more subs.

Alex Hansen says:

the new intel editor FX-9590 Eight-Core – can heat up your house in the winter. ha ha
and is only fast if you game in 1080P
who is gaming in 1080p in 2018..

f1nalpr1m3 says:

That’s not for you to decide.

relikvija2 says:

subscribed because you said they are full of shit

David Dupoise says:

@11:20 Hardly a catastrophe ! Rather very methodical, detailed and quite informative. At this price point (unless your need the bragging rights or 144 Hz – still not convinced that is a thing except in YouTube land) Just wait. If your are a container/vm person who kinda games just go Threadripper – 4.2 Ghz all 16 c/32t first gen with a Noctua cooler basic OC – and not even near thermal load – $600

Odolwa says:

If you’re gaming, buy a Celeron G4 (300 series). It’s considered overkill for most AAA games and it’s only $60. You’ll not be streaming with this chip, just open 1 game at a time and no browser in the background running youtube/music. When it games on its own, it’s more than enough.

If you want basic gaming with apps on the side, get any Ryzen chip.

If you want maximum gaming with streaming and extras, get the 8700k and stay put. This is all you really need.

If you want full on Emulation @ 4k or even VR, get the 9700k.

IF you want fluid emulation with absolutely no lag (for all supported games and SOME unsupported games) the 9900k will not disappoint.

Beware of the 2700x. It’s a decent chip for the price, but it’s not fool proof. The silicon lottery matters here. I built 4 systems with this chip and 3 of them expressed intermittent stuttering. Moving the mouse cursor across the screen showed it sticking every few seconds. I pulled the bad chips and used the 1 good chip to test and see what was wrong. The one good chip did not have the stuttering. I had to return all 3 chips and get new ones. Only 2 of the 3 new ones worked and I was left with 1 bad chip, which I sold and put toward buying the 9900k for myself.

Svante Gustafsson says:

How did the 9900k work on z370? Any test result?

DarthRaver86 86 says:

If i needed a new cpu then i guess id consider it. But I just got an 8700k like 8 months ago. So i see zero reason to upgrade. But honestly if I was building my pc right now, i would seriously consider going with a 2700x over anything intel has to offer. 300 bux cheaper is money u can spend on something else and it will make very little difference in gaming.

krayzieka says:

nothing new intel new cpu power going upward,….just wait for zen 2 power consumption will be reduced. intel isnt killing amd any time! zen 2 is big leap like 8700k to 9900k but bigger and biggest!

uxmfkg hskfg says:

Intel 9900k supports z370 motherboard

purkeypilot says:

I’m a huge fan of Intel, but this pseudo-Gen 9 Coffee Lake refresh is a total band-aid. They would have been better off, reputation-wise, to let their 8000 series continue on until their 10nm process is ready. The original Coffee Lake of one year ago is absolutely fantastic. It was the largest performance jump in a long time, with reasonable pricing. Intel was impatient and pressured with this launch, and it shows. They choked.

rick retter says:

“we’re principled here…” LMAO! intel shill

Alexander Schulze says:

i intend to buy the 9900k and I dont want to overclock but I want the max stock performance 4.7 on all cores i guess stable. do I need watercooling or is a darkrock enough and is a enermax 600watts enough when using a 2080ti aswell?

christopher james says:

I9 9900K $530 plus another $100 for a good cooler = $630. Or a 2700X bundled with a cooler, plus a very nice X470 motherboard AND a decent 16 Gigabyte ram kit can be had in the USA for $630. To me it is a no brainer.

Nico O. says:

175 W At stock settings for the 9900k? Wow that 95w TDP really doesn’t mean ass!

Zegema Live says:

I get my 9900K for only 460€ (530$US WITH 20% VAT !), now all of web retailer show the 9900K at 700€ ! (805$US with VAT). With this price, this CPU is really a great choice , unless his huge temp when it’s OC.

Hugo diaz says:

Epic fail!!

Graham Erasmus says:

Nice kit guru been years just checking online reviews now seeing you in person nice haha

Maisonier says:

fuck intel

John Batchler says:

If I’ll buy the intelligence i9 9900k processor I’ll reverse engineering it it’s not good why Intel still has manufacturing issues

N Gauge England -Synthematix- says:

Should you buy it? Yea, if you’re an idiot.

steverl22 says:

My $290 8700k is feeling really good right now. Glad I did a new build 45 days ago.

Tim Carpenter says:

Maybe they only have hyper threading in the halo gamer chip because it is highly unlikely commercial/workstation/productivity users would want to buy it, so less concern on exploits.

Mike Bracewell says:

First time I’ve come across your site, excellent vid, you should have an awful lot more sub’s!

Totally agree with you: what’s the point of 9900k? Overpriced, over-hot &, I bet, over-looked once Skylake-x is refreshed.
Get an R 2700x. No brainer

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