Intel Core i7-9700K Processor
will it really do 4.9 GHz? Hummmm???
When I decided to use the ASUS H370 motherboard for my
Custom Computer Build
I needed a new processor because the older Core 2 Quad Q9650 3..0 GHz would not
work in the LGA 1151 socket, well it would fit sorta. So I did my "due
diligence" and checked out the specifications of the motherboard I picked out.
There were quite a few processors that will work for the
ASUS H370 motherboard from the i3 to the i9 Gen 8 series
processors. What I wanted was a processor that could handle the work load and
have the "benefits" to out last my current software, well most of it anyway.
This is the processor I picked:
Intel Core i7-9700K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 4.9 GHz Turbo unlocked
LGA1151 300 Series 95W
All of the specifications are above, what about those
First there is a 9th generation of this processor, so
with hindsight I could upgrade to this processor with out pause.
This is the specifications from Intel's web site for
8 threads per core
Base frequency 3.60 GHz
Max Turbo frequency 4.90 GHz
Cache of 12 MB
Bus speed 8 GT/s
Power consumption 95 Watts
Max Memory supported 128 GB
Max memory channels 2
Max memory bandwidth 41.6 GB/s
Intel UHD Graphics 630 with:
Base frequency 350 MHz
Max dynamic frequency 1.20 GHz
Max video memory 64 GB
Max resolution (at HDMI 1.4) 4096x2304 at 24 Hz
Max resolution (DP) 4096x2304 at 60 Hz
Max resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel) 4096x2304
at 60 Hz
Check Intel's web site for software supported.
That is a lot of benefits, however will your software
run on this? That remains to be seen...
The chipset for this hardware is the Coffee Lake version
and it does not have backward compatibility to any older operating systems, so
some of your software/hardware may not be supported. I have found that some
Windows 7 drivers will work with Windows 10 and this chipset your experience may
After running this processor for over five months I do
not have any problems to report with software or Operating System that Intel
gives driver support for.
At times the processor does run a little hotter than my older Q9650
that ran at 3 GHz constantly, this one will run from 1 GHz to turbo mode at 4.9
GHz when under heavy load. I installed liquid cooling for the processor and
occasionally will see the temperature at 135 degrees fahrenheit, not bad the old
Q9650 would get to over 165 degrees when under heavy load.
At this time I will rate this processor
a 10 out of 10, it does the job exceeding well and with monitoring the processes
with the built in Task Manager from the Operating system I see it occasionally
go to the max speed of 4.9 GHz, and when the load is light I see it at a low of
1 GHz. (It has been a long time since I have seen 1 GHz for a processor, that
has to be back in the Pentium3 or the PIII processor days...)
I rate Microsoft and Intel a 1 for not keeping backward compatibility with
older operating systems at least back to the start of the UFEI BIOS introduction
which would be Vista and Core 2 Duo era. Just because we are using a newer
processor does not mean all of our hardware is new! So up grade the chipsets to
match our hardware for older operating systems!