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Intel Core i7-9700K Desktop Processor 8 Cores

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 benefits?

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 this processor:

8 cores

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

Embedded devices:

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 vary...

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!

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