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

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Intel will start taking preorders from today only, with shipping starting from October 19th.

Top of the pile is the Core i9-9900K, released alongside the i5-9600K and i7-9700K. "The results are absolutely clear".

Price-wise, both the i5-9600K and i7-9700K are similar to the 8th generation processors they are replacing, while the i9-9900K will come in at $500. 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.

Intel today announced its first 9th-generation Core processors, and as you might expect, they are high-end parts aimed squarely at gamers.

Intel also learned from some of its earlier mistakes and has made a decision to use soldered thermal interface material (STIM) on these three 9th generation Core CPUs, which should provide increased thermal conductivity between the CPU and the IHS, provide better heat dissipation, and make the de-lidding unnecessary. The Core i9-9900K is the star of the show here, delivering 8C/16T, a 3.6/5.0GHz base/boost speed and up to 40 PCIE lanes all tied up in a 95W package. Intel has the 4-core boost at 4.8GHz while 6/8-core CPU boost reaches 4.7GHz. 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. All three of these processors will apparently work on all Z300-series motherboards, so those who bought into Z370 a year ago will be able to drop a new CPU in after a BIOS update. It includes 8 cores and 16 threads, and it's the only one of the three with hyperthreading. Everything up to the Core i5-9400 comes in a T-series variant, and the i5 models are six cores and six threads, while the i3 models are four cores and four threads.

Several motherboards will also be available for the new Skylake-X flagship with support up to 192 GB of RAM (Six Channels). The Core i9-9900K has eight cores and 16 threads, clocked at 3.6GHZ and up to 5GHz with a 16MB cache and 95W TDP.

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