Intel’s 9th Generation i7 9700K is rumoured to have 8 cores and 16 threads

Intel's 9th Generation i7 9700K is rumoured to have 8 cores and 16 threads

Intel’s 9th Generation i7 9700K is rumoured to have 8 cores and 16 threads

Intel is rumoured to be releasing their 9th generation of core CPUs in 2018, bringing more cores to the desktop market than even their recently released 8th Generation products. 
 
According to HKEPC, motherboard manufacturers in Taiwan have confirmed that Intel’s upcoming 9th generation flagship, the i7 9700K, will feature more cores/threads than its 8th generation predecessor. This gives this new product a core/thread count that is 2x larger than Intel’s i7 7700K, which only launched earlier this year.

The same sources have also stated that i3 and i5 processors are also expected to a thread count increase over their Coffee Lake counterparts, giving them Hyperthreading. This change would provide the new i3 with the same core/thread count as a 7th Generation desktop i7.   

 
 
Intel Desktop series products 7th Gen (Kaby Lake) 8th Gen (Coffee Lake) 9th Gen (Cannonlake?)
Cores/Threads i3 2/4 4/4 4/8 (Rumoured)
Cores/Threads i5 4/4 6/6 6/12 (Rumoured)
Cores/Threads i7 4/8 6/12 8/16 (Rumoured)

 

 

With this change, Intel will offer the same core/thread counts as Ryzen on their desktop platform, creating Intel’s most robust desktop platform yet. Right now these CPUs are expected to be available on Intel’s rumoured Z390 motherboard platform, though this has not been confirmed.Older rumours have suggested that Intel would release an 8-core product for Z390 in 2018.   

Intel's 9th Generation i7 9700K is rumoured to have 8 cores and 16 threads  

 

Since the release of AMD’s Ryzen architecture, the CPU market has been in a constant state of flux, with both companies releasing more competitive CPUs than ever before from both a performance and value for money standpoint. This is not set to change anytime soon if these rumours are anything to go by, with Intel seemingly looking to increase their core counts yet again on their desktop platform. 

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