Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Intel announces its ninth-generation desktop processors, including the Core i9-9900K

Intel announces its ninth-generation desktop processors, including the Core i9-9900K

An excited Intel held a livestream earlier this morning to formally introduce its initial 9th generation Core processors consisting of three SKUs: Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and Core i5-9600K.

While the 8th generation Core flagship, the Core i7-8700K (and the anniversary Core i7-8086K), stuck to six-cores and twelve threads, Intel has now upped the core game, pushing its flagship Core i9-9900K to eight-cores with a total of sixteen threads. Instead, this new high-end Coffee Lake processor runs for a noticeably higher $374 (about £290, AU$530) price.

The i7-9700K will feature eight cores without hyperthreading, giving it 3.6 GHz at base and a turbo boost of 4.9 GHz on a single core. Comparatively, the Intel Core i7-8700K starts at a tick higher 3.7GHz base frequency but can't go almost as fast with its maximum 4.9GHz boost clock. Similarly, video editing with Adobe Premiere is up to 34 percent and 97 percent faster respectively, as per Intel's own testing.

Take a look at our take on Intel vs AMD processors. The Core i9-9900K has eight cores and 16 threads, clocked at 3.6GHZ and up to 5GHz with a 16MB cache and 95W TDP. The rated TDP is 95W, and Intel points out that compared to the Core i7-8700K, the new Core i9-9900K has more cores with similar frequencies running within the same thermal envelope. 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. In dual-mode we have 4.8GHz, while 4-core mode hits 4.7GHz and 6/8-core mode it'll reach 4.6GHz.

Based on Intel's internal testing, the new chips offer the sort of performance improvement you'd expect from an incremental architecture update. And new Xeon workstation parts-with up to 28 cores and 56 threads-will debut in December. Both the Z370 and the Z390 will support the new 9th generation CPUs (with a BIOS update for the Z370) and the updates are minor, as you get more native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports and integrated 802.11ac WiFi.

Also new: These chips are the first to include hardware fixes for some variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws.

Intel will also sell even more powerful Core X (for "extreme") CPUs-which are really Skylake-era designs-with many more cores starting in November. Are any of you thinking about upgrading?

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