Intel 9th Gen Core Series Processors announced

By Mithun Mohandas | Updated 9 Oct 2018
Intel 9th Gen Core Series Processors announced
  • Intel announced the 9th Gen Core series processor portfolio led by the Intel Core i9 9900K, an 8-core, 16-thread CPU running at 5.0 GHz. Priced at $488

Intel announced the 9th Gen Core series of processors at a launch event in New York today. The new processors are built on the 14nm++ process node and feature the same unified cache hierarchy that the previous generations have utilised. The new 9th gen lineup is lead by the Intel Core i9 9900K processor which is an 8-core / 16-thread CPU that has a Turbo Frequency of 5.0GHz making this the first high-volume mainstream processor to do so.

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Intel Core i9 9900K

Intel 9th Gen Core i9 lineup

The launch lineup of the 9th Gen Core i9 series of processors consists of three CPUs. Here’s the launch table along with all the specs.

Processor Core i9-9900K Core i7-9700K Core i5-9600K
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost 5.0 GHz 4.9 GHz 4.6 GHz
Cores 8 8 6
Threads 16 8 6
TDP 95W 95W 95W
Smart Cache 16 MB 12 MB 9 MB
Unlocked Yes Yes Yes
PCIe Lanes Up to 40 Up to 40 Up to 40
Max Memory Freq. DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666
Memory Support Dual Channel Dual Channel Dual Channel
Price $488 $374 $262

The Core i9-9900K is the first 8-core, 16-thread CPU to be shipped in the mainstream segment. Intel has had 8-core CPUs in the HEDT segment for quite a while but never was there a SKU in the mainstream segment. Given how the race to add more cores to CPUs has had both AMD and Intel stepping up their game, we’ve seen some ridiculous core counts on CPUs of late. The disappointing thing here is that the Core i7 9700K does not feature hyper-threading. The Core i7 series have always been defined by the presence of the hyperthreading technology and this marks a change in that philosophy. However, the pricing of the CPUs seems to be more in line with Intel’s traditional pricing strategies.

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Mithun Mohandas
While not dishing out lethal doses of sarcasm, this curious creature can often be found tinkering with tech, playing vidya' games or exploring the darkest corners of the Internets. #PCMasterRace https://www.linkedin.com/in/mithunmohandas/
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