Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

Addressing one of the most common complaints from enthusiasts about recent Intel processors, the 9th generation series of processors will come with what Intel is referring to as "Solder Thermal Interface Material" (STIM). "The results are absolutely clear". Intel cranked the hype dial to 11, stating that it's "breaking the laws of physics to bring you these parts" and trumpeting the Core i9-9900K as "the best gaming processor in the world, period".

The processor is based off Intel's 14nm process.

Hardware Unboxed concluded that the Intel Core i9 9900K will be faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Intel Core i7 8700K, however the performance gap between them will not be as big as Intel claims in its official benchmarks. Core i9 costs $488 and i5-9600K will be available at $262. That last chip, which replaces the previous-gen Core i7-8700K, is especially noteworthy because it's the first time a mainstream consumer CPU from Intel has hit the 5GHz mark.

We don't see the new chips listed on Amazon or Newegg just yet, but preorders open today, with availability starting on October 19.

As previously rumored, the Core i9-9900K supports Hyper Threading while the Core i7-9700K does not.

Based on Intel's internal testing, the new chips offer the sort of performance improvement you'd expect from an incremental architecture update.

Core i7-9800X: 8C/16T, 3.8/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $589 MSRP.

The Core i5-9600K is a six-core SKU, also without Hyper-Threading, same 95W TDP, 3.7GHz base and 4.6GHz Turbo clock and 9MB of L3 cache. The Core i7-9700K on the other hand delivers 8C/8T with a 3.6/4.9GHz base/boost speed, also running at 95W TDP. We also have up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes on tap, with Intel Optane memory and Optane SSD support a given, as well as Thunderbolt 3.

The hardware showcased by Intel comes with fixes for the notorious Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal fault issues. The new CPUs are backward-compatible with the Z370 chipset as well, so you won't need to worry about being locked out of this upgrade if you have an older motherboard.

KitGuru Says: We'll be talking more about Intel's new CPUs over the next few weeks, in addition to the slew of motherboards set to roll out.

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