Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
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Intel unveils 9th generation CPU, calls it "best gaming processor"

Intel unveils 9th generation CPU, calls it

You can pre-order the Core i5 and Core i7 on Amazon, but you'll need to go to B&H or Best Buy for the Core i9.

Intel has finally unveiled the new 9th gen Core CPUs with the first processors off the new 9th gen series rank including the Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and Core i5-9600K. It has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz rated at 95W TDP, and it improves on previous generations with a turbo boost up to 5 GHz on two cores instead of one.

Joining this flagship model are the Core i7-9700K and the Core i5-9600K. While both processors have eight physical cores, only the i9-9900K will feature Hyper-threading allowing for a 16-thread configuration. It has a base clock of 3.6GHz and turbo to 5GHz - yes, it hits 5GHz out of the box - with 16MB of cache, and is priced at $529.99 (around £405, AU$750). Both processors maintain the same 95W TDP as the i7-8700K.

Intel is using a Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM) on the new 9900K, something that should make some people happy with integrated USB 3.1 gen 2 and integrated Intel Wireless-AC connectivity.


Intel's pricing for trays of 1,000 CPUs comes in at $488 for the Core i9-9900K, $374 for the Core i7-9700K, and $262 for the Core i5-8600K. It's a 255W processor with 68 PCIe lanes, a 38.5MB Smart Cache and six-channel DDR4 memory support with up to 512GB at 2666MHz, and four channels of DDR4-2666 memory. Intel is launching a new chipset with these parts - Z390 - but has confirmed that all the news parts are fully compatible with existing 300-series chipsets via the LGA 1151 socket.

We don't see the new chips listed on Amazon or Newegg just yet, but preorders open today, with availability starting on October 19.

These processors are a direct competitor to AMD's Ryzen 7 line released earlier this year.

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