Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Intel's 9th-Generation Core Processors Unveiled

Intel's 9th-Generation Core Processors Unveiled

It has 8 cores, 16 threads and the base frequency is 3.6GHz which can be boosted up to 5.0GHz.

This time around, Intel is starting with overclockable, high-end K-series parts aimed at the desktop PC market, especially gaming PCs. Intel cranked the hype dial to 11, stating that it's "breaking the laws of physics to bring you these parts" and trumpeting the Core i9-9900K as "the best gaming processor in the world, period". 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. Both processors maintain the same 95W TDP as the i7-8700K. The Core i5-9600K has six cores, also without Hyper-Threading. 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.

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. This is quite a different configuration to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K with 6C/12T but the same base Coffee Lake architecture.

You can preorder the new chips now and Intel will start delivering them on October 19. The Core i7 model interestingly has eight cores, compared to six with the Core i7-8700K, but this model lacks Hyper-Threading which means that the total thread count has actually declined from 12 to eight.

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It comes with dual-channel DDR4 and up to 40 PCIe lanes.

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.

Despite the launch of a new chipset in the form of Z390, these new 9th generation chipsets will maintain compatibility with all previous 300-series Intel chipsets, such as Z370 through updates that will be made available by motherboard manufacturers.

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