Intel reveals new 9th gen Core CPUs, led by Core i9-9900K

09 October, 2018, 05:41 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

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. "It's the best gaming processor in the world, period", said Anand Srivatsa, Intel's vice president and general manager in the Client Computing Group.

The Intel Core i7-9700K sadly comes doesn't come in at the same $359 (£389, AU$524) price the Intel Core i7-8700K did. Intel also showed off motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock based on a new desktop platform controller, the Z390, to go along with the 9 Gen Core processors. The Core i7 model interestingly has eight cores, compared to six with the Core i7-8700K, but this model lacks Hyper-Threading which means that the total thread count has actually declined from 12 to eight.

The Core i9-9900K might Intel's new flagship processor for its mainstream lineup of CPUs, but we're far more interested in the new Core i7-9700K.

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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).

You can preorder the new chips now and Intel will start delivering them on October 19. It has 8 cores, 16 threads and the base frequency is 3.6GHz which can be boosted up to 5.0GHz. Switching to solder should make the delicate process of delidding less appealing on these new chips. You can also expect to find these 9th Gen Core processors in new PCs from Asus, HP, Dell and Alienware in the coming weeks and months. There wasn't a whole lot of hype around the event, and considering it was the first desktop processor launch in the wake of the hugely successful Ryzen 2 series from AMD earlier this year, we're a little underwhelmed. Intel says that the Core i9-9900K would cost you $488 and you can pre-order the new processors today.

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