For anyone who is eagerly looking forward to Intel’s ninth generation of processors, there may be some potentially bad news. As per a report by Ars Technica, Intel might drop hyperthreading from the Core i7 processor that would be released as part of the ninth generation. Intel did a similar thing to its eight generation Core i3 processor, where it dropped hyperthreading from the chip.
Hyperthreading in Intel CPUs allows two threads to run on each CPU core. For the longest time, Intel offered this feature on its Core i7 and Core i3 processors while the Core i5 chips had to make do with the same number of threads as cores. Then with the eighth generation, Core i3 also became a single threaded CPU. The report, which references a benchmark found on SiSoft Sandra Database lists an Intel i7-9700K processor with a base clock of 3.6GHz that can turbo up to 4.9 GHz. The core count has also gone up from 6 cores on the eight-generation counterpart to 8 cores on the ninth generation. Interestingly, there will also be an i9 processor just like the one in the eighth generation. The Intel Core i9-990K will sport 8 cores and 16 threads.
The report states that Intel will continue to have four Core lines, Core i9, Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3. Of these, now only the Core i9 will feature hyperthreading. Despite that, the new processors are bound to be more powerful than their current eighth generation counterparts. Over the last two generations, we’ve seen bumps in core count and clock-speeds, but a ground-breaking development has been missing for some time. Intel did bring is X-series processor line to the mainstream desktop and laptops as the Core i9, but we are reaching the point where the improvement from the previous generation is getting smaller and smaller.
How the 9th generation of Intel chips finally performs is something we will have to see once they’re out. Fans are unlikely to be happy about the removal of hyperthreading from the Core i7, leaving the feature available only in the most expensive desktop chip in the market.