Intel finally solders again their CPUs with the new 9 series, but …

By October 12, 2018 News No Comments

Anand Srivatsa, Vice President of Intel, officially announced their all-new 9th generation of core processors.

The Core i9-9900k will be Intel’s first 5 GHz processor and is their first mainstream 8 core, 16 thread offering. In order to facilitate better overclocking results for enthusiasts, the company also confirmed that they will use solder TIM for the whole range of products, which should result in not only better overclocking potential but much lower thermals as well.

In regards to actual specifications, what we do know is the Core i9-9900K will be an 8-core, 16-thread processor with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 5.0 GHz. The Core i7-9700K which will likely be the sweet spot for most gamers features eight cores, eight threads, due to Hyper-Threading having been disabled. Clock speeds are similar with the base clock being the same as the Core i9-9900K and the boost clock topping out at 4.9 GHz.
Finally the Intel Core i5-9600K comes in with six cores, six threads with hyper threading also disabled. The base clock sees a small jump here to 3.7 GHz while the boost clock tops out at a far more modest 4.6 GHz. All three have the same 256 KB of L2 cache per core, however, the L3 cache sizes vary between them. The Core i9-9900K will have 16 MB of L3 available, while the Core i7-9700K drops to 12 MB and last and with the least comes the Core i5-9600K with just 9 MB. All three processors feature the same 95 W TDP and 16 PCIe lanes. When it comes to the Integrated Graphics, Intel has stuck with the same GT2 configuration as seen on their previous 8th generation processors.

While Z390 boards are launching as well, Intel’s Coffee Lake refresh will be supported on the older Z370 chipset. Making the latest generation a drop in upgrade, however, a BIOS update will be necessary. Those interested in purchasing a 9th generation processor wont need to wait long, as Intel also stated that pre-orders are now available with the 9th generation core processor family being made available globally on October 19th.

You can already pre-order them:

i9 9900k –
i7 9700k –
i5 9600k –

But we advised you to wait until the 19th of October when all the main reviews are out since a lot of heat is present around Intel’s claimed results via a 3rd party review. More here –

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