Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

Intel Core i9 X-Series

"It's the best gaming processor in the world, period." .

9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K desktop processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 offers powerful performance for gaming, creating and productivity. Built on 14nm++ process, core i7 X-Series, Core i9 X-Series, and Core i0 Extreme are the new processors.

We will be updating this post with more details regarding the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors once we go through the in-depth information provided by Intel. 14nm should have been replaced by 2017 at the latest; the fact that Intel will still be shipping it in 2019 as a leading-edge node is likely responsible for the node's excellent performance.

Despite the launch of a new chipset in the form of Z390, these new 9th generation chipsets will maintain compatibility with all previous 300-series Intel chipsets, such as Z370 through updates that will be made available by motherboard manufacturers.

Intel held an event in New York City today, where it announced its ninth-generation desktop processors, going all the way up to the Core i9-9900K.

In the US, MSRP starts at $262 for the Core i5, $374 for the Core i7 and $488 for the Core i9.

For the ultra-premium niche and overclockers, Intel also announced the new 28 core, 56 thread unlocked Intel Xeon W-3175X processor. These have up to 8 cores and 16 threads, clocked at up to 5.0 GHz.

However, that doesn't mean that the Core i7 is a downgrade. We also have up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes on tap, with Intel Optane memory and Optane SSD support a given, as well as Thunderbolt 3.

Also new: These chips are the first to include hardware fixes for some variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. The Core i9-9900K has eight cores and 16 threads, clocked at 3.6GHZ and up to 5GHz with a 16MB cache and 95W TDP. The Basin Falls Refresh is expected to launch around October-November.

The supporting act today is the Core i5-9600K, with six cores but no Hyperthreading. This new high-end chip is expected to ship later this year in December. The chip carries a massive TDP of 255W so you'll need some pretty serious cooling to match.

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