Intel unveils 9th generation CPU, calls it "best gaming processor"

Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

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".

While the Core i9-9900K got a significant boost, the Core i7-9700K is a bit of letdown, as Intel has made a decision to keep the Hyper-Threading limited its flagship Core i9 series, so the Core i7-9700K will eight-cores and eight threads, have the same 95W TDP, 3.6GHz base and 4.9GHz Turbo clock, and 12MB of L3 cache.

Meanwhile, Intel's 14nm has reportedly become the most profitable line of hardware the company has ever manufactured, though that's likely in part due to the necessity of using it as long as Intel has. As before, there will be Core i5, i7, and i9 variants of the 9th-generation K-series CPUs.

Based on Intel's internal testing, the new chips offer the sort of performance improvement you'd expect from an incremental architecture update. It still retains the 95W TDP, works at 3.6GHz base and 5.0GHz Turbo clock, and has 2MB of L2 per core (for a total of 16MB). B&H Photo, for example, has the Core i9-9900K listed at $529.99, the Core i7-9700K at $399, and the Core i5-9600K at $279.99.

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The Core i5-9600K is a six-core SKU, also without Hyper-Threading, same 95W TDP, 3.7GHz base and 4.6GHz Turbo clock and 9MB of L3 cache.

Equipped with 8-cores and 8-threads, the Intel Core i7-9700K is a bit of an oddity compared to its predecessor. Dropping Hyper-Threading could be a nod towards improving security on its processors related to Spectre and Meltdown, or it could have been an adjustment to improve product segmentation to create a larger gap between the Core i7 and Core i9 families.

The i9-9900K is available for pre-order today, and will launch on October 19th. The 1-core CPU boost is 4.6GHz, 2-core at 4.5GHz, 4-core at 4.4GHz and 6-core at 4.3GHz.

For its latest 9th Generation chips Intel is going with a soldered integrated heat spreader (IHS) - which we haven't seen since Sandy Bridge - to support greater overclocking capabilities. This will be the first generation to feature new packaging in quite some time as Intel experiments with a dodecahedron of sorts for the 9th generation lineup. Here's everything you need to know.

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