Intel unleashes their 9th Generation of Core Processors – Includes 8-core i9 9900K

Intel unleashes their 9th Generation of Core Processors - Includes 8-core i9 9900K

Intel unleashes their 9th Generation of Core Processors – Includes 8-core i9 9900K

Intel has officially revealed their 9th Generation of desktop processors, confirming that 8-core CPUs are coming to Intel’s 300-series motherboard platform alongside new Z390 motherboard designs. 

These next-generation processors make use of Intel’s 14nm++ manufacturing technology, offering more cores and higher frequencies than their last-generation counterparts, all while maintaining similar TDP values. In the case of the i9-9900K, Intel promises to deliver 5GHz clocks speeds out of the box, something which cannot be achieved on their last-generation i7-8700K, despite its similar TDP envelope and its lower core/thread count.  

Intel unleashes their 9th Generation of Core Processors - Includes 8-core i9 9900K  
With their i9-9900K Intel promised clock speeds of up to 5GHz and a base clocks speed of 3.6GHz, the processor support dual-channel 2666MHz DDR4 memory out of the box, but offers support for overclocking when combined with unlocked chipsets like Z390. 

At launch, all of Intel’s 9th Generation processors will ship with an unlocked multiplier as K-series components, though some later additions to the 9000 series lineup will undoubtedly lack this feature.

Unlike Intel’s previous Coffee Lake series products, Intel has decided to move back to “Solder Thermal Interface Material” (STIM) for their desktop series processors, something which was missing from the company’s desktop lineup since Sandy Bridge.  Intel also lists that these processors support up to 40 platform PCIe lanes, which is unchanged from Intel’s 8th Generation components. 

One thing to note here is that platform PCIe lanes and usable PCIe lanes are both different metrics, as some of these 40 PCIe lanes are used to connect to the motherboard’s chipset, and eight of these PCIe lanes are connected to the DMI, which are primarily used for M.2 storage.

Intel unleashes their 9th Generation of Core Processors - Includes 8-core i9 9900K  
Below are the specifications for Intel’s new i5-9600K processors, i7-9700K processor and i9-9900K processor. Only the i9 offers 5GHz clock speeds out of the box and delivers a core count of eight while also providing support for hyperthreading. 

Intel’s new i7-9700K now offers eight cores and lacks support for hyperthreading, giving it fewer threads than its predecessor. The i7-8700K also has less L3 cache than the i9-9900K, further segmenting Intel’s product stack. 

The i9-9900K will cost $488, with the i7-9700K costing $374 (a decrease of $114 over the) and the i5-9600K will cost $262 (a $114 reduction over the i7). t this time UK pricing remains unknown.  

Intel unleashes their 9th Generation of Core Processors - Includes 8-core i9 9900K  

Intel’s 9th Generation processors will become available for pre-order later today and will ship on October 19th. 

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