Intel's 9th generation processors are here to outperform the competition

Isaac Cain
Октября 9, 2018

The mainstream models that will show up in off-the-shelf gaming towers in time for holiday shopping include the six-core Core i5-9600K, as well as the eight-core Core i7-9700K and Core i9-9900K. There's nothing incredibly groundbreaking about the way Intel fabricates these chips, since they're based on a similar 14-nanometer production process used in the past few CPU generations.

The highest-end Core i7 chip is the new Core i7-9700K which is an 8C/8T offering, with 12MB of cache (compared to 16MB on the 9900K) and a base CPU clock of 3.6GHz and boost of 4.9GHz for single-core mode.

The Intel Core i7-9700K sadly comes doesn't come in at the same $359 (£389, AU$524) price the Intel Core i7-8700K did.

Intel has dropped hyper-threading on its lower-end, budget processor before, but this is a high-end processor meant for gamers and creatives.

This gives the Core i9-9900K an all-core boost of 4.7GHz, which should give that chip a nice nudge over all previous CPUs in the family.

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The lack of Hyper-Threading on the i7-9700K will provide quite the interesting performance comparison with the current flagship 6C/12T i7-8700K. The Core i5 versions are six-core designs while the i7 and i9 jump to eight cores.

Intel is using a Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM) on the new 9900K, something that should make some people happy with integrated USB 3.1 gen 2 and integrated Intel Wireless-AC connectivity.

All of Intel's Core X-series parts carry a TDP of 165W, support four channels of DDR4-2666 memory and work with Intel Optane memory. It has the fastest base clocks of all the new processors at 3.7GHz but its turbo clocks are somewhat lower at 4.3/4.6GHz for all/single cores.

These processors are a direct competitor to AMD's Ryzen 7 line released earlier this year. Intel says that the Core i9-9900K would cost you $488 and you can pre-order the new processors today.

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