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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips  7 months ago +1733

    Since our thermal and power consumption numbers are very different from other publications, here's some clarification on our board settings:
    -Multi-core enhancement: Disabled
    -SVID behavior: "Intel Fail-Safe" / Intel's default
    -XMP: Enabled
    -All power duration and limit settings default
    -Core multiplier at defaults
    -Core voltages at defaults
    Cooler: Corsair H115i w/IC Graphite thermal pads
    The performance numbers we got were double-checked against Intel's engineers, and they were in line; This suggests that our thermal tests are indicative of stock performance (with motherboard vendor optimizations disabled). We did *not* ask Intel about their thermal or power consumption results.

    • El diablo da Costa
      El diablo da Costa 2 months ago

      By boost you mean overclock? Excuse my ignorance.

      JENHUNG WANG 2 months ago

      TAIPEI 101

    • Stanislav Vasilev
      Stanislav Vasilev 2 months ago

    • Coohy 314
      Coohy 314 3 months ago

      Could you test playing with integrated intel GPU with overclocking RAM in quad-channel?

    • savecityofheroes savecityofheroes
      savecityofheroes savecityofheroes 3 months ago

      Before the 2019 CES my complicated long story for a new SAGER NP1975 17.3" gaming notebook.I am very happy for i7-8700K Z370 CHIP SET GTX 1070 now the complicated bull shit first off GTX 1070 retired I paid for out of stock and retired graphic card. JUST GREAT I got RTX 2070 to take its place then the all hell break loose I have to wait to the end of JAN 28 2019 for the launch UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHAAAAAAAA! more UGGGGGGGGGGGGHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHGAAAAAAAAAAAA to come. two days after launch i7-8700K is retired so that is one other thing I am not getting and NP9175 is also retired and its replacement NP9176-G2 I was supopse to pay for a upgrade for i7-97000K that I did not pay for. is that a upgrade ? that is the first time a upgrade is yes and no at the same time. hyper threading 8 not 16 I have to pay for more upgrade. the price to upgrade from i7- 8700k to i9 9900k is $150.00 that I cannot afford. However it was upgraded to i7-9700K with no charge the price for upgrade from i7-9700K to i9-9900K ia $100.00 so I paid. since its a OEM I cannot get the fancy blue case that comes with the retail CPU. I like that clear blue case. oh well. I upgraded my DDR4 to two sticks for $10.00then upgrade $65.00 more for faster 3000 MHz 2400MHz will not cut it... I removed all storage devices and got it at NEWEGG with sales tax

  • Amd is tha best
    Amd is tha best 2 days ago

    1:19 to get straight to the video

  • ecstaticity
    ecstaticity 4 days ago

    2500k squad? Anyone?

  • Enzo kim
    Enzo kim 4 days ago

    To implement HT is how much 20cents? Surely less. And the same fucking chip is selling 40procent more than it lower brother. Intel likes to fuck their customers

  • Anish Gupta
    Anish Gupta 5 days ago

    *AMD is de wey*

  • Cicero 219
    Cicero 219 7 days ago

    I mean. Now it's like 480 dollars

  • starpravesh
    starpravesh 8 days ago +2

    2:24 Linus and Techquickie are the same person!?!? WHAAA?!?

  • AlphaCentauri X
    AlphaCentauri X 9 days ago

    You sound like a 60 yr old spongebob that works at best buy

  • Can we hit 1000 subs So i can brag at school

    Can someone explain me what hyperthreading is?

  • Jack
    Jack 10 days ago

    You’re the best bro. I just decided to go for thread ripper

    • JJAB91
      JJAB91 7 days ago

      For gaming? That would be a mistake.

  • E.LA.O
    E.LA.O 12 days ago

    I REALLY want an i9 so bad.
    My 4th gen i7 looks like shit compared to this.

  • Derik B.
    Derik B. 12 days ago

    is the MSI Z390 EDGE a good fit for the i9 9900k? i have all brand new parts sitting next to me, just need the motherboard!

    • Payne
      Payne 12 days ago

      I just bought an MSI Z390 MEG ACE for my 9900K. 4-5 Star majority reviews.

  • Pankaj Kumar
    Pankaj Kumar 12 days ago

    6! CORE

  • ImKazuto
    ImKazuto 12 days ago

    Is the ASUS TUF Z390-Plus Gaming (Wi-Fi) LGAMSI 1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) ATX DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 802.11 AC Wi-Fi USB 3.1 Gen2 Motherboard, Black compatible with the MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6 GB GDDR5 Memory PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card And the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Processor with Wraith Spire RGB LED Cooler

  • jamdvx
    jamdvx 13 days ago

    ALL the world says AMD is better: because its price. Everybody hates *intel* because it is expensive. Everybody acclaims AMD is better 'cause it is cheap. Everybody rejects *intel* because it is expensive. iF the prices between them were similar, all the comments and "experiences" would be different. Along all the human history , the better things have more price are more expensive, never the good things have been cheaper.

  • Morgan Sedge
    Morgan Sedge 14 days ago +1

    Hey if i had to replace my Intel Core i7 4790K it would be definitely with a AMD Ryzen² as better prices and nice performance

  • Thoriuz
    Thoriuz 15 days ago +4

    Just boyght my 9900k along with asus rog strix z390 and rtx 2080 ti gaming oc, super excited

    • Adam Musgrove
      Adam Musgrove 3 days ago

      I love how people say Ryzen is better. The Intel 8700k is way better than anything on the AMD equivalent

  • hoss7
    hoss7 17 days ago

    Yah and is better price wise but you’ll have to upgrade it in the next 2-4 years where a intel one will last more like 6-8, all the extra features for productivity + better gaming performance + more longevity makes the higher price worth it imo

  • HVTGamer
    HVTGamer 18 days ago

    F me I just bought this for star citizen xD

  • Tennman Fabricanté
    Tennman Fabricanté 19 days ago

    mr negative

  • Caius Rat
    Caius Rat 19 days ago

    Can someone tell me why I have coil whine, and I buy only new graphics card, Asus rog strike rx 580, zotac 1070, Asus tigre rx 580.. Etc.. And my pc is new...... I9 9900k, motherboard asus tuf gaming Pro z390, 32 GB of ram, power supply Evga 850 gold, everything is new... Thanks...

  • Andreas
    Andreas 20 days ago

    wonder when that 500hz monitor releases

    EVOLICIOUS 20 days ago

    Yeaaaaa, this video is completely BS when it comes to VR. i9-9900k for running a high-end VR kit, super-sampled and using a 2080ti, you are gonna need all the CPU headroom you can get, especially if you are doing wireless which will require a few more threads since it utilizes a 1x pci-e 3.0 lane.
    Now that the Valve Index is out, i9-9900k is the way to go. Good enough to future proof for the next few years.

  • John Smith
    John Smith 21 day ago

    the i9 is great for single pc streaming and a small 10fps bonus. Im sure it has other uses aswell it depends on the user

    • shatti soud
      shatti soud 19 days ago

      fps will be relevant after 5 years from now
      now it's the same, core i7 are far away from bottlenecking gpu

  • Bax S
    Bax S 22 days ago

    What is not mentioned here is the clear winner of this gen: The 9600k. 6c and punches way up on its price to pref ratio while having better OC due to being cooler.

  • Grahamhg
    Grahamhg 23 days ago

    Just buy a console. 😏

    • Bax S
      Bax S 22 days ago

      +Grahamhg When you figure in cost of XBL/PSN across five years, no upgrades, low library compared to PC, absolute pathetic specs were you are being raped by the cost, just not for super high end but for trash. Yeah it's not that economic in the end. Even the Xbox one X does not reach 1070. this is combined with a garbage CPU shared ram crap hdd, and general low specs while having no flexibility of having a computer.
      Consoles are cheap to get into, but in no way are cost effective over a long period of time. 9900k will destroy any console CPU and next gen console CPU. It's so big that console hardware won't catch up for probably at least 6 years. PC GPU while not as insane will compare very well to consoles. I will be very surprised if they even reach GTX 1080 levels, let alone RTX in frame rates.

    • Grahamhg
      Grahamhg 22 days ago

      A sensible decision economically.

    • Bax S
      Bax S 22 days ago


  • CAK
    CAK 23 days ago

    ❤ AMD RYZEN ❤

  • Wr125XbyRobi
    Wr125XbyRobi 24 days ago +1

    It pays for itself from here?

    EXPLOSIVEBOY 66 24 days ago

    I'm confused. If I don't care about price and all I do is game. Which processor should I get?

  • SirKupoNut
    SirKupoNut 25 days ago

    You're cute

  • Dark_ Knight
    Dark_ Knight 28 days ago

    yea intel ads were way more memorable.check this out!

  • Cool_Cat007 Smoove
    Cool_Cat007 Smoove Month ago

    Most games only use 4 cores, so have 6 or more cores is really unnecessary. 6 and 8 cores are for professionals, video editing, video streaming, and etc.

  • Boxing Greats TV
    Boxing Greats TV Month ago

    I’m building my first ever pc and I’m just wondering if I should go for the i9 9900k or the Ryzen 2700x? I’m pairing the CPU’s with a RTX 2080. I’m wanting the pc for live streaming and video editing & also gaming. Please Help.

    • vorbo01
      vorbo01 29 days ago

      If your being serious then go with the 2700x. Its better for video editing and live stream encoding and won't bottleneck your 2080 in gaming.

  • Gareth
    Gareth Month ago

    Wait a second... how well does it do when overclocked? That's the REAL thing to ask when it comes to the price tag.

  • Potato
    Potato Month ago

    We all know that it's the packaging that makes it so expensive

  • Hitmanhitman21
    Hitmanhitman21 Month ago

    9:33 There's no need for higher FPS monitors, since CounterStrike is a game still stuck in the 90s w/its graphics and tactics (space bar/jump) lol

    • hasin zafir
      hasin zafir Month ago

      competitive e sports are crazy.. man for some gAmErs 240 hz is a must

  • macstmanj3
    macstmanj3 Month ago

    I'm just waiting for the 7nm chips

  • Wangotuz
    Wangotuz Month ago

    it sucks

  • Nono deltoro
    Nono deltoro Month ago

    how to disable H yper threating pliz? everytime irun apex or big game, my computer crash after severale party..... WTF did intel with this processor, overheating with all noctua fan ON in mini atx

  • Dani Wayne
    Dani Wayne Month ago +2

    I think 9700k is a better option than 9900k

    • I Dylex I
      I Dylex I 24 days ago

      Dani Wayne really? How tell me?

  • Zenkai76
    Zenkai76 Month ago +1

    Love my i9-9900K, I compile 30 min of 1080p video pretty fast

  • Dhruva Shrestha
    Dhruva Shrestha Month ago

    Drop it... Drop it.... Drop it...

  • Verathix Of Ravencrest EU

    go big or go home is my number 1 rule when building a new rig. i save up in advance and go all out on hardware and then use it for 5 years and repeat :D price is never an issue when i do a pc build

  • Saba789
    Saba789 Month ago

    I’ll stick with Ryzen. Forget intel and their ridiculous prices.

  • 100 000 subscriber without a video challenge

    What do you guys think i should get for recording videos and also streaming?

  • Explore with Zac
    Explore with Zac Month ago

    8700k vs 9700k? What do you guys think? Hyperthreading vs. +2 cores.

  • DeltaDan
    DeltaDan Month ago

    Thing i love most is how linus was saying how bad origin were with their deals then promotes them later

  • Piano Smile
    Piano Smile Month ago

    Comment here, sub to me and I will sub back.

    Gotta spread the RU-clip love. Come on guys, we can make money this way. Let's alllll help each other out lol just saying.

  • RAKUN6
    RAKUN6 Month ago

    sooo ... since im upgrading from my z270x and i7 7700 , should i go wiht i7 9700k / i7 8700k or i9 9900k with my aorus z390 master motherboard ?

    • Bara Robber Baron
      Bara Robber Baron Month ago

      The gap in price between 8700K and 9700K isn't that significant, so between those I'd go with the 9700K. The 9900K is basically the 9700K with hyperthreading. If nothing you tend to ask from your PC benefits from hyperthreading, save yourself the nearly $200 and get the 9700K.

  • Venatacia Moon
    Venatacia Moon Month ago

    Think Intel got more of that important cash. And how comes my old i7-3770 has hyper threading but the new i7 doesn't?

  • Per Hellstrom
    Per Hellstrom Month ago

    I got i5-4690k 3,5 ghz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 atm. If I want to play 1440p on high/ultra (on newer AAA-games etc.) or even 4k, is it possible to only upgrade my gpu to a rtx 2070 or 2080 and keep my current 4690k CPU? And how future proof would that be?

  • Joshua Bock
    Joshua Bock Month ago +1

    Upgrading from a 2600k now! He's done his Job over like 8 Years.

  • Sarisur
    Sarisur Month ago

    Ryzen just needs to hurry and up their core clocks to 5.0 GHz and then sell it for $450.00

  • Rewind _
    Rewind _ Month ago +1

    Happy 9900k owner. Came for the salty comments from poor amd users and was not disappointed. 10/10 would troll again.

  • Vince i
    Vince i Month ago

    So Intel is a big joke and failing horrendously. XD Once Ryzen 3000 is out all of intel's CPUs are obsolete.

    • Vince i
      Vince i Month ago

      +BoHjalmarGames "Meanwhile Intel is stuck at 14nm."

    • BoHjalmarGames
      BoHjalmarGames Month ago

      Intel will also release new CPUs. They will be irrelevant for some months and then the new product will decide how it will be.

  • SAS Productions
    SAS Productions Month ago

    Hi can someone please help me? im thinking of buying a new ATX motherboard and CPU and im debating whether to go for the i7 9700k or i9 9900k especially for gaming at 4K, i also do basic web browsing and some times do video editing and making music. My current setup is i5 6400, Asus b150m motherboard and EVGA GTX1070 FTW. What would be the advantage of a newer CPU apart from a few more frames in games? i also plan on getting new GPU and 4K 144hz monitor.
    any help will be great thanks.

    • Milita Andrei
      Milita Andrei Month ago

      The 9900K has HT,so kinda better performance in video-editing.But I would recommend to wait until AMD launches Ryzen 3000,'cause that should be interesting,since it will most probably have a 7nm process node,more cores and potentially a higher core clock.

  • DaClown
    DaClown 2 months ago

    People from EU, dont get confused, EU prices is alot different that US/Canadian prices. Intel and AMD prices are almost iqual, you have to thanks the "lovely" European Union. Those who support European Union, fuck you.

  • Moein Dawani
    Moein Dawani 2 months ago

    So does a i5 9600k work with all z-series motherboards??! Would love an answer!!

    • lu bu
      lu bu 2 months ago

      Moein Dawani yes z370 and z390. I would suggest z390

  • El diablo da Costa
    El diablo da Costa 2 months ago

    What's with these prices?

  • smart one
    smart one 2 months ago

    Does Mr Gay need any more earrings?

    • Space
      Space 6 days ago

      smart one do you need to be a jerk to reviewers who have a different opinion?

  • BedwarsPro 124
    BedwarsPro 124 2 months ago

    nice green screen behind u

  • dudi miah
    dudi miah 2 months ago +3

    people are saying i7 9700k is way better for gaming then i9 9900k

    • Christopher John
      Christopher John Month ago

      They would be right.. but if you can get the i7 8700k for a good deal get that instead.

  • Brian Howard
    Brian Howard 2 months ago

    Linus said, "SODDERED(?) the IHS to the die" . . . WTF? Does he actually mean soldered. Is that a speech impediment Linus? Last time I looked the word soLdered had the letter 'L' in it. Is it a retarded Canadian thing or does only Linus say it? I'll have a look around and see. But SODdered - really Linus?!

  • Sebi One
    Sebi One 2 months ago +46

    I know this video was kinda meant to disparage the i9 9900k but it honestly made me happier that I bought one, since the only downside was the price.

    • hasin zafir
      hasin zafir Month ago +10

      it will do u good service.. but beware of using it without proper and adequate cooling.. they run hooooooot

  • P R
    P R 2 months ago

    For 2080TI SLI ... 9900K or 9900X ?? Which would be the best?

  • Gingerbread Recon
    Gingerbread Recon 2 months ago

    the 8th gen i3 didn't have HT?

  • syndicator
    syndicator 2 months ago

    fuck you fuck your sponsorship and fuck your free stuff

  • William Paxton Robinson

    Do the benchmarks in an Vulkan based engine. Vulkan is better than Direct X 12 anyway for compatiblity.

  • matthew young
    matthew young 2 months ago

    So I should wait, till they buff out the kinks?

  • DemusDeman
    DemusDeman 2 months ago

    So this is off topic but I was wondering if this falls under general IT or more computer engineering?

    STYNCLSY 2 months ago +1

    At the end of the I got a 9900k

  • Robert Tapuc
    Robert Tapuc 2 months ago

    I dont know but i got more FPS with I9 Than I7

  • Robert Tapuc
    Robert Tapuc 2 months ago

    IS I9 god for gaming? YES
    IS I9 Hyper-Threading? YES
    IS I7 good for gaming? YEAS
    IS I7 Hyper-Threading? NOPE
    Now choose the winner

  • Victor Hassan
    Victor Hassan 2 months ago


  • JC Denton
    JC Denton 2 months ago +3

    Linus pretending to give a shut about our pockets yet spamming us with sponsors.
    Good job bro ☝️ you excel at manipulation. (I mean you *have* been doing this YT game for long enough

  • Stanislav Vasilev
    Stanislav Vasilev 2 months ago

  • Mr. Blunt
    Mr. Blunt 2 months ago

    Hardware Unboxed said the I9 9900K went up to temperatures up to 100 degrees and here you got the BEST temperatures? Is Hardware Unboxed incompetent here?

  • Sheema Ashrafi
    Sheema Ashrafi 2 months ago

    Intel Has Left The Chat

  • FunkdaddyP
    FunkdaddyP 2 months ago

    Whenever im unsure about what pc parts to buy or what i want/need. Linus always has the answers for me !

  • TheUnknownD
    TheUnknownD 3 months ago

    Intel I7 9700K is going to be my last Intel processor, Who knows maybe Intel will get their stuff together to make something much better than this.
    Idk why this processor even existed in the first place, It's the same as the 9700K but with a different name.

  • TheUnknownD
    TheUnknownD 3 months ago +1

    Hello, I hope you all are having such a lovely day today and you're wonderful and perfect for who you are and I wish you the best today.
    Everyone is unique and special and everyone should always respect everyone, Who knows what's going on with their life so it's always good to make everyone feel loved and heart warmed.
    Have a wonderful day everyone. :)

    • dont r/woosh me retard
      dont r/woosh me retard 2 months ago

      its good to know that there is nice people like you. i’ve been in and out of the hospital due to medical problems for about a month now, it makes my day to know not all people suck haha. have a good one mate

  • Intel Core i5 9600k
    Intel Core i5 9600k 3 months ago +1

    Lol and there's me that I have an intel core i3 4005-u in 2019 xD!
    (Not even 2.0 ghz!)

  • Stephan Kuebler
    Stephan Kuebler 3 months ago

    THX for the Video... they get better and better! :)

  • Gecko
    Gecko 3 months ago

    My brother bought this i9 processor, He use it only for Microsoft word and play counter strike and Super Mario. What a dumbass.. 1 day I gonna switch my processor to his processor..

  • Subscribers with only Comments challange

    *house catches fire*
    911: What is your emergency
    Me: I over clocked my i9 9980xe with no liquid cooling
    911: Say no more

  • AndreasH900
    AndreasH900 3 months ago

    Getting i9 9900k laptop

  • Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 3 months ago +2

    OK Linus you're losing us....half the comments on the vid are about the music used about halfway're losing your grip dude

  • Draven Nelson
    Draven Nelson 3 months ago

    Street price Linus really? “Hey man I need my fix I’m a crip so I’ll take the 9700k” 😂

  • Hsuperman_18
    Hsuperman_18 3 months ago

    Is the integrated wi-fi on the new mobos good? Or should I buy a separate wi-fi card just to be safe?

  • Dr. Leonard Hofstadter SAVAGE FAM

    I love to have a laptop, with AMD Ryzen 8 cores. Holy cow that is perfect for me, do they even manufacture. That option for laptops? That's a real beast for me.

  • gary proffitt
    gary proffitt 3 months ago

    What is going on intel ? ( over-clocking and overheat ! )

  • toorop111
    toorop111 3 months ago


  • Anders Termansen
    Anders Termansen 3 months ago

    TL;DR no one needs the core i9 for gaming, unless youre a camgirl cashing in money from twitch.

  • Several old fish in the yard

    If you had no arms would you trust this Linus guy to hold your junk if you needed a wee at a urinal. I would.

  • Dew
    Dew 3 months ago +2

    I'm just sitting here being happy with 30fps in cs:go

  • Engin
    Engin 3 months ago

    Linus is a known AMD shill as is Kyle from Hardocp . He's trying to get paid by Intel.

  • Supra
    Supra 3 months ago

    that's some thicc ass

  • savecityofheroes savecityofheroes

    LINUS HUGE MISTAKE i9 9900K PCIe LANES you say its 40 SORRY WRONG!!!!!!!!! its 16 (NOT 40) if you want 40 lanes you need to buy X299 motherboard not Z370 and a proper CPUI taht got 40 lanes for that X299 motherboard

  • RockManDo KeeperOfTheStones

    Why not make chips that use 500mhz base clock ? X 10 instead of 100mhz x 47 would surely yield improvements we seek ,,,no?

  • RockManDo KeeperOfTheStones

    URM,,, Atmospheric two way sound processing in hq on motherboard chips ? Two phys cores min.. HDR/dolby vision/uhd frame processing requirements, two cores processing/response/input/online live 4_6 cores min.. soooo 6 phys cores not enough.microstuttering 12 hyperdreaded cores ok but not fast enough under extended load...the additional requirements of things like 4k 3d and HDR and Atmos sound are never accounted for in the suppossed real world game *^^ tests......