Intel reveals '9th gen' Core i5, i7 and i9 performance processors

Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

For one thing, the Intel Core i7-9700K might be the company's most controversial chip in years due to its lack of hyper-threading - otherwise known as Intel's buzzword for parallel computing for heavy multi-tasking. Hyperthreading allows for two threads to run off of a single core, allowing for up to a 20% boost in performance depending on the workload, and now, the feature is exclusive to the Core i9. This is quite a different configuration to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K with 6C/12T but the same base Coffee Lake architecture.

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. The Core i7-9700K on the other hand delivers 8C/8T with a 3.6/4.9GHz base/boost speed, also running at 95W TDP.

According to Tom's Hardware, Intel is also refreshing its 65W desktop chips and its 35W T-series power-optimized lifestyle desktop CPUs.

The supporting act today is the Core i5-9600K, with six cores but no Hyperthreading. The main highlight of the show were the company's new 9th Gen Core K-series CPU, including the top-of-the-line Core i9-9900K processor. 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. 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.




All of the new 9th Gen Core-X CPUs support up to 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes and quad-channel DDR4 at 2666MHz. 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.

All of these new 9th Gen processors have hardware mitigation against Meltdown Variant 3, the security bug that we heard so much about back in January.

A 28-core Xeon was also announced. 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. This new high-end chip is expected to ship later this year in December.

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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