Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

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According to Intel's official information, the 9th generation K-series CPUs will be on retail/e-tail shelves on October 19th and reviews should be up around that date as well. The highlight of the new 9 Gen lineup is the Core i9-9900K with eight cores and a top speed of 5GHz, which the company is calling "the world's best gaming processor". "The results are absolutely clear". For one thing, the Intel Core i7-9700K might be the company's most controversial chip in years due to its lack of hyper-threading - otherwise known as Intel's buzzword for parallel computing for heavy multi-tasking. There's nothing incredibly groundbreaking about the way Intel fabricates these chips, since they're based on a similar 14-nanometer production process used in the past few CPU generations.

Hardware Unboxed concluded that the Intel Core i9 9900K will be faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Intel Core i7 8700K, however the performance gap between them will not be as big as Intel claims in its official benchmarks. All three chips are available to pre-order today, with prices going from $262 to $488. The new Core X-Series processors will begin shipping in November. Intel has the 4-core boost at 4.8GHz while 6/8-core CPU boost reaches 4.7GHz. 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.

Equipped with 8-cores and 8-threads, the Intel Core i7-9700K is a bit of an oddity compared to its predecessor. The base and boost speeds are 3.7GHz and 4.6GHz respectively, and the cache comes in at 9MB. It's supported by the Intel C621 chipset, and can support six-channel DDR4 (maximum capacity 512GB at 2,666MHz).

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It's important to note that the Intel's latest hardware includes fixes for the controversial and critical Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault issues.

Unveiled on Monday, the new chips come in three flavors. Both the Z370 and the Z390 will support the new 9th generation CPUs (with a BIOS update for the Z370) and the updates are minor, as you get more native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports and integrated 802.11ac WiFi.

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