Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Intel Announces New 9th Generation Lineup With "World's Best Gaming CPU"

Intel Announces New 9th Generation Lineup With

The new Core i9-9900K marks the very first time Intel has introduced an 8C/16T processor in the mainstream desktop market, with the CPU having a base clock of 3.6GHz and boost clock of 5GHz when in single/dual operation. 14nm should have been replaced by 2017 at the latest; the fact that Intel will still be shipping it in 2019 as a leading-edge node is likely responsible for the node's excellent performance. B&H Photo, for example, has the Core i9-9900K listed at $529.99, the Core i7-9700K at $399, and the Core i5-9600K at $279.99.

Amazon just started listing the 8-core Core i9 9900K. Again it has a base frequency of 3.6GHz but the default max turbo is 4.9GHz on a single core or 4.6GHz on all cores.

Based on Intel's internal testing, the new chips offer the sort of performance improvement you'd expect from an incremental architecture update. 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. Similarly, video editing with Adobe Premiere is up to 34 percent and 97 percent faster respectively, as per Intel's own testing. The Core i5-9600K sports six cores paired with six threads and has a base clock speed of 3.7GHz, which can be boosted up to 4.6GHz.

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It comes with dual-channel DDR4 and up to 40 PCIe lanes. We don't know if this is a refresh of Skylake-X at the moment, but we are hoping to have that question answered soon. AnandTech has a rundown of all the new Z390 motherboards if you need help selecting the flawless option for your new build. Intel's 9th Gen Core-X series and K-series also finally switch from TIM to Solder, which should help with thermals quite a bit. The Core i5-9600K has six cores, also without Hyper-Threading.

KitGuru Says: We'll be talking more about Intel's new CPUs over the next few weeks, in addition to the slew of motherboards set to roll out.

Whether or not Intel's 9th-gen speedup matters to you depends on how recently you've upgraded your current PC.

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