Intel's 9th-Generation Core Processors Unveiled

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Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

Intel today announced its first 9th-generation Core processors, and as you might expect, they are high-end parts aimed squarely at gamers. Leading the new group of products is the Intel Core i9-9900K and yes, it will indeed come with that multi-sided translucent packaging. The reduction in L3 cache could also be a nod to this, or a desire to reduce the manufacturing cost of the Core i5 and Core i7 chips. Hyperthreading allows for two threads to run off of a single core, allowing for up to a 20% boost in performance depending on the workload, and now, the feature is exclusive to the Core i9.

Equipped with 8-cores and 8-threads, the Intel Core i7-9700K is a bit of an oddity compared to its predecessor.

Meanwhile, the chips that will interest multimedia editors and DIYers who like to build bleeding-edge PCs include a total of seven new X-series parts, ranging from the Core i7-9800X to the whopper 18-core, 36-thread, $1,979 Core i9-9980XE. These have up to 8 cores and 16 threads, clocked at up to 5.0 GHz.

According to Tom's Hardware, Intel is also refreshing its 65W desktop chips and its 35W T-series power-optimized lifestyle desktop CPUs.

Top of the pile is the Core i9-9900K, released alongside the i5-9600K and i7-9700K. The Core i5-9600K features 6 cores and lack hyperthreading.

Intel says its Xeon W-3175X processor will ship in December.

The platform supports six channels of DDR4-2666 memory with a maximum capacity of 512GB and offers 68 PCIe lanes. We don't know if this is a refresh of Skylake-X at the moment, but we are hoping to have that question answered soon. The Core i5-9600K has six cores, also without Hyper-Threading.

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

The hardware showcased by Intel comes with fixes for the notorious Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal fault issues.

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. Are any of you thinking about upgrading?

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