Intel announces its ninth-generation desktop processors, including the Core i9-9900K

Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

Intel has officially confirmed some specifications of its 28-core, 56-thread Xeon CPU first announced at Computex 2018, as well as new Core-X Series high-end desktop (HEDT parts). Alongside that, the company also claimed that the Core i9-9900K is the world's best gaming processor. All three of these processors will apparently work on all Z300-series motherboards, so those who bought into Z370 previous year will be able to drop a new CPU in after a BIOS update.

The highest-end Core i7 chip is the new Core i7-9700K which is an 8C/8T offering, with 12MB of cache (compared to 16MB on the 9900K) and a base CPU clock of 3.6GHz and boost of 4.9GHz for single-core mode. A Core i9-9980XE helped one of Intel's test machines transcode a 4K video file (the same one PCMag uses for its own CPU benchmarks) in 27 minutes using the Handbrake app, compared with 40 minutes for a system running the previous-gen Core i9-7980XE. Finally, the Core i5-9600K is the most affordable of the bunch, delivering 6C/6T with a 3.7/4.6GHz base/boost speed. The Core i5-9600K will cost $262, the Core i7-9700K is $373, and the Core i9-9900K is $488. Some users have taken to ripping off the IHS, a process known as delidding, to replace Intel's thermal interface material with liquid metal for better temps. The biggest changes coming with the Z390 chipset will be the new integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller that support up to 6 Gen 2 ports and 10 Gen 1 ports, Intel's newest AC Wifi controller, and a new Intel sound solution.

Core i9-9960X: 16C/32T, 3.1/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $1,684 MSRP.

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Also new: These chips are the first to include hardware fixes for some variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. The new CPUs are backward-compatible with the Z370 chipset as well, so you won't need to worry about being locked out of this upgrade if you have an older motherboard.

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. There's also a new Xeon chip, the Xeon W-3175X, for use in workstation PCs to support highly specialized hardware and software such as ECC memory.

Even the 9th generation designation is a sign of Intel's excitement (or marketing savvy, you decide).

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