The new 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will be made available in the market starting from 19 October onwards globally. The new parts use the same Coffee Lake architecture as the 8th Gen Intel Core parts and the same 14nm++ process. For example, the Core i9-9980XE will offer 18 cores (and 36 threads) with a maximum turbo-boost speed of 4.5 GHz for about $1980.
At the lower end, we have the i5-9600K, replacing the current i5-8600K. The company demonstrated a single PC with a Core i9-9900K running two games in separate virtual machines simultaneously, but gaming while encoding and streaming is a more likely usage scenario.
Core i9-9900K: 8C/16T, 3.6/5.0GHz base/boost, 95W TDP. Intel has the same 95W TDP on the 9700K. Intel has also said that the all-core frequency for the i9-9900K is 400 MHz faster than the i7-8700K.
Intel today officially announced the first round of 9 generation Core processors, and given all the leaks that have occurred over the past few months, there weren't too many surprises. 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.
Intel has taken the wraps off three new 9 Gen desktop Core CPUs for gamers and mainstream users, as well as a new range of Core X-Series CPUs and also a Xeon consumer workstation CPU for extremely demanding content creators.
While the nearly $500 price tag is substantially higher than AMD's $330 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X, Intel's advantage in single-threaded performance combined with matched core counts should provide for quite the interesting comparison. Dropping Hyper-Threading could be a nod towards improving security on its processors related to Spectre and Meltdown, or it could have been an adjustment to improve product segmentation to create a larger gap between the Core i7 and Core i9 families.
We are now at a launch event for this processor, and will share further details if and when we can.
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