Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Intel Announces New Core i9 Family, 9th Generation CPUs

Intel Announces New Core i9 Family, 9th Generation CPUs

"It's the best gaming processor in the world, period", said Anand Srivatsa, Intel's vice president and general manager in the Client Computing Group.

Intel has taken the wraps off three new 9 Gen desktop Core CPUs for gamers and mainstream users, as well as a new range of Core X-Series CPUs and also a Xeon consumer workstation CPU for extremely demanding content creators.

The company might update to the new 10nm manufacturing process standard next year with its highly anticipated Cannon Lake chips.

Those boost clocks are all single-score speeds.

Indeed, even though the Core i9-9900K has the same 95W power draw and even a slightly lower base clock speed compared with the Core i7-8700K (3.6GHz vs. 3.7GHz), it manages to pack in eight cores and 16 threads, compared with six cores and 12 threads in the CPU it's replacing.

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Intel hopes the new X-Series processors change that behavior, at least for creative types, by offering between eight and 18 cores, up to 68 PCIe lanes and caches up to 24.75 MB. Now, our attention turns to the 9th Gen processors themselves, with Leo acting as our man on the ground at Intel's launch event in NY today. These processors are similar to the previous generation in that they will work with Coffee Lake and Z370 platforms, but they will also be compatible with Intel's new Z390 motherboard chipset. A Core i9-9980XE helped one of Intel's test machines transcode a 4K video file (the same one PCMag uses for its own CPU benchmarks) in 27 minutes using the Handbrake app, compared with 40 minutes for a system running the previous-gen Core i9-7980XE. This processor has base and boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.9GHz, with a 12MB cache. The base and boost speeds are 3.7GHz and 4.6GHz respectively, and the cache comes in at 9MB.

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.

You can preorder the new chips now and Intel will start delivering them on October 19.

KitGuru Says: We'll be talking more about Intel's new CPUs over the next few weeks, in addition to the slew of motherboards set to roll out.

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