Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU Review: Page 4 of 6

Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:00am

System Configration & Testing

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

CPU: Intel Core i9-9900KS

Ram: 16GB G.skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz C16

GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 FE

Mobo: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Extreme

SSD: Samsung 960 Pro 2TB

Cooling: Custom 360mm loop, EK Velocity CPU block, EKWB PE 360mm radiator, Monsoon MMRS res, and EKWB D5 Pump. Cooled by three Corsair ML120 Pro fans.

 

Performance Testing

General Performance Testing

All performance testing was done at default ‘out-of-the-box’ clock speed. Games were ran at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and higher settings enabled as noted.

PCMark 10

PCMark 10 is the complete benchmark for the modern office. It is the ideal test for organizations that are evaluating PCs for a workforce with a range of performance needs. The tests in this benchmark cover a wide range of activities from everyday productivity tasks to demanding work with digital media content.

PCMark 10 uses a modular approach to build relevant benchmark tests around common end-user scenarios. A Test Group is a collection of workloads that share a common theme or purpose. There are four test groups in PCMark 10, we use three of them.

Essentials: covers the common, everyday ways that people use a PC. The workloads include Web Browsing, Video Conferencing, and App Start-up time.

 Productivity: measures system performance with everyday office applications. This test group includes the Spreadsheets and Writing workloads.

Digital Content Creation: This test group's workload reflects the demands of working with digital content and media. The tests include Photo Editing, Video Editing, and Rendering and Visualization.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Intel’s 9900KS packs some serious heat in the productivity scene with it taking first place overall, and in the essentials and digital content creation categories.

 

WebXPRT 2015

WebXPRT 2013 uses scenarios created to mirror the tasks you do every day to compare the performance of almost any Web-enabled device. It contains four HTML5- and JavaScript-based workloads: Photo Effects, Face Detect, Stocks Dashboard, and Offline Notes.  WebXPRT is run with the latest stable release version of Google Chrome browser, in this case, Version 77.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

On our browser-based test, the 9900KS again leaps right to the top of the chart, holding a small but noticeable lead over the 9900K.

CPU Performance Testing

Super PI Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environments such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Our first CPU only test pits a single-core against 32 million digits of pi. The 9900KS surprisingly beats out the 8086K and 9900K which can both Turbo Boost a single core to 5.0 GHz.

 

Y-Cruncher

Written by Alexander J. Lee “From a high-school project that went a little too far...” y-cruncher, (y for gamma) is a number-crunching program that can compute various mathematical constants.

It was originally a small program specialized for computing the Euler-Mascheroni Constant. (Which uses gamma as its symbol, hence the name). It has since gained the ability to compute other constants.

It is the first of its kind that is multi-threaded and scalable to multi-core systems. Ever since its launch in 2009, it has become a common benchmarking and stress-testing application for overclockers and hardware enthusiasts.

We tested using the built-in benchmarks to compute Pi to 1 Billion Digits in both single and multi-threaded mode and recorded the Total Computation time at the end of the run. Y-Cruncher is also able to take advantage of AVX512 instructions in compatible CPU’s. Due to the thermal load of running Intense AVX workloads, Intel has implemented and AVX offset clock that may scale the CPU’s clock speed back, even below stock speeds when running intense AVX loads. For this reason, we note the CPU’s clock speed in both single and multi-threaded test modes.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

In y-cruncher, the 9900KS shaves about 20 seconds off the multi-threaded run, and a fraction of a second off the single-threaded run.

 

SiSoft Sandra – Cryptographic Bandwidth

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems--or potential headaches.”

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Sisoft’s cryptographic bandwidth test comes in about 0.5GB/s slower than the 9900K. This is likely one of our first glimpses at the impact the new stepping has due to the hardware vulnerability updates Intel has made.

 

CINEBENCH R15

"CINEBENCH is a real-world cross-platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and much more.

CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It's completely free."

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Cinebench R15 gets a nice uptick in score over the 9900K thanks to the sustained 5.0GHz clock speeds for the duration of the test.

CINEBENCH R20

Cinebench is a real-world cross-platform test suite that evaluates your computer's hardware capabilities. Improvements to Cinebench Release 20 reflect the overall advancements to CPU and rendering technology in recent years, providing a more accurate measurement of Cinema 4D's ability to take advantage of multiple CPU cores and modern processor features available to the average user. Best of all: It's free.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Cinebench R20 is built to take advantage of today’s highly-threaded processors and the 9900KS gets a noticeable uptick in score over the 9900K on both single and multi-threaded tests.

 

7-Zip

The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with the LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

In 7zip, the 9900KS easily holds the leads against any other 8-core CPU we’ve tested.

 

Black Hole 4.2

Let the beast run and benchmark your system in three different tests (Multithreaded, Single-threaded & 4-Threaded) that will test your CPU to the very limit, and score you among hundreds of other systems that have tested.

Multithreaded will test your CPU's efficiency of running more than one thread without major system lag. The higher you score on this one, the more threads your CPU can handle with a comfortable speed. High multithreaded scores generally mean you can render things faster.

4-Threaded tests your CPU's performance in games since most games currently run on 4 threads.

Single-threaded evaluates how fast the CPU can handle a single, dedicated thread for processing.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

The 9900KS easily beats out the 9900K overall here, but can't quite catch up the 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X on this test.

 

Memory Performance Testing

AIDA64 Engineer Edition

“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand-new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and NVIDIA graphics processors.”

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

For the most part, there is not a significant difference between memory performance on most Intel 9th generation chips.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Latency comes in at a low 46.3ns. not bad for 3200MHz C16 memory.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Internal L1 cache bandwidth is quite impressive with read and copy functions hitting nearly 2.5TB/s.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

L2 cache comes in at just under 1TB/s on copy functions.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

The 9900KS' L3 cache still holds a lead on the 9900K’s bandwidth.

 

Passmark Performance Test - Memory Mark - Threaded

“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark Performance Test ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Here again the 9900KS is able hold the lead on its non-special-edition twin.

SiSoft Sandra – Memory Bandwidth.

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems--or potential headaches.”

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Sisoft shows the 9900KS trailing the 9900K but about within margin of error.

 

Game Testing

3DMark – Fire Strike

"Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today's high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today"

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Interestingly, the new “World’s Best Gaming Processor” does indeed top the charts overall. As we are looking at CPU Physics score overall here, the 12-core Ryzen 9-3900X leads by just the smallest margin, with 50% more cores.

3DMark – Time Spy

"3Dmark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spay is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built “the right way” from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.”

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Again, the 9900KS leads its slightly slower counterpart with a CPU physics score that rivals HEDT offerings.

Far Cry 5

Anything can happen. Everything will.

Welcome to Hope County, Montana, land of the free and the brave, but also home to a fanatical doomsday cult—known as The Project at Eden’s Gate—that is threatening the community's freedom. Stand up to the cult’s leaders, Joseph Seed, and the Heralds, as you spark the fires of resistance that will liberate the besieged community.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

On our first real game, the i9-9900KS holds a commanding lead over the former champ, and everything else thrown at it.

Ashes of the Singularity

Planet by planet, a war is raging across the galaxy. The technological singularity has given humanity the power to expand further than they ever have before. Now, they compete with each other and their sentient artificial intelligence adversaries for control of newfound worlds.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Ashes of the Singularity gives the 9900KS a smaller lead, but still offers commanding gaming performance.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

The latest Tomb Raider installment doesn’t scale quite as well, even at 1080P with a powerful GPU, the extra clock speed doesn’t offer much of a gain.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a turn-based strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

The Ai test in Civilization VI shows a very good improvement with the extra clock speeds with our best score to date.

Category: