Intel introduces 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors

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Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

While both processors have eight physical cores, only the i9-9900K will feature Hyper-threading allowing for a 16-thread configuration.

The i7-9700K will feature eight cores without hyperthreading, giving it 3.6 GHz at base and a turbo boost of 4.9 GHz on a single core. This processor has base and boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.9GHz, with a 12MB cache. It commands an asking price of $399.99 (around £305, AU$565). Despite the nomenclature, these new CPUs are still built on a 14-nanometer manufacturing process, albeit optimized (14nm++), serving as sort of a stopgap until 10nm Cannon Lake chips arrive in volume at the end of next year.

The top-end Core CPU is the i9-9980XE, with 18 cores and 36 threads.

Intel today officially announced the first round of 9 generation Core processors, and given all the leaks that have occurred over the past few months, there weren't too many surprises. The Core i5-9600K has six cores, also without Hyper-Threading. The same 95W TDP is applied to the 9600K.

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Switching back to solder as the TIM for these CPUs should provide significantly improved thermal conductivity, resulting in additional overclocking headroom as well as cooler and quieter operation at stock frequencies without the need of delidding.

Stepping down the ladder, we find the Core i7-9700K. Additionally it features 16MB of L3 cache (2MB of per core), supports dual channel DDR4-2666, and is rated at 95W TDP. No word on the rest of the 9th generation lineup, but we expect them to launch at the same time as the i9 processor.

We will be updating this post with more details regarding the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors once we go through the in-depth information provided by Intel. The Hyperthreading enabled processor is listed to be released on October the 19th.

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