Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Intel introduces new 9th generation Core i9 processor for desktop gaming

Intel introduces new 9th generation Core i9 processor for desktop gaming

According to Intel, the new K-series of 9th Gen processors push the boundaries by offering up to 10% more frames per second in games compared to last generation. This processor ships in a new dodecahedron-shaped box which Intel thinks buyers will want to show off. The company demonstrated a single PC with a Core i9-9900K running two games in separate virtual machines simultaneously, but gaming while encoding and streaming is a more likely usage scenario. However, we should be seeing the 10nm-based Cannon Lake chips next year.

This gives the Core i9-9900K an all-core boost of 4.7GHz, which should give that chip a nice nudge over all previous CPUs in the family. This eight-core CPU has Hyper-Threading activated for a total of 16-threads of computational power.

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.

Intel has dropped hyper-threading on its lower-end, budget processor before, but this is a high-end processor meant for gamers and creatives. 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".

Core i9-9980XE: 18C/36T, 3.0/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $1,979 MSRP.

It comes with dual-channel DDR4 and up to 40 PCIe lanes. The 1-core CPU boost is 4.6GHz, 2-core at 4.5GHz, 4-core at 4.4GHz and 6-core at 4.3GHz. The new CPUs are backward-compatible with the Z370 chipset as well, so you won't need to worry about being locked out of this upgrade if you have an older motherboard.

Intel will also sell even more powerful Core X (for "extreme") CPUs-which are really Skylake-era designs-with many more cores starting in November.

Unveiled on Monday, the new chips come in three flavors. There's also a new Xeon chip, the Xeon W-3175X, for use in workstation PCs to support highly specialized hardware and software such as ECC memory. What do you guys think of Intel's 9th Gen series so far?

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