Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

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Top of the pile is the Core i9-9900K, released alongside the i5-9600K and i7-9700K.

Intel 9 generation desktop processors will be headed by the i9-9900k which appears to have taken the top spot for the high-end consumer desktop offering. All three of these processors will apparently work on all Z300-series motherboards, so those who bought into Z370 past year will be able to drop a new CPU in after a BIOS update. The Core i7 model interestingly has eight cores, compared to six with the Core i7-8700K, but this model lacks Hyper-Threading which means that the total thread count has actually declined from 12 to eight. For the ninth generation, the improvements essentially boil down to adding more cores while keeping the clock speeds and power consumption mostly the same as before. When it comes to video production, these new CPUs are up to 41% faster in Adobe Premiere compared to the previous generation. This processor has base and boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.9GHz, with a 12MB cache. And according to the results, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is noticeably faster than what Intel is claiming. The biggest changes coming with the Z390 chipset will be the new integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller that support up to 6 Gen 2 ports and 10 Gen 1 ports, Intel's newest AC Wifi controller, and a new Intel sound solution.

Featuring 8-cores and 16-threads capability, Intel stated that the Core i9-9900K is the company's first ever mainstream chip with such setup.

Core i9-9980XE: 18C/36T, 3.0/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $1,979 MSRP. Like their 8th generation predecessors, these CPUs will offer up to 40 PCI-E lanes.

All of these new 9th Gen processors have hardware mitigation against Meltdown Variant 3, the security bug that we heard so much about back in January.

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Finally, Intel also announced the Xeon W-3175X workstation chip with an incredible 28 cores.

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

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.

That's because Intel's truly new chips have been significantly delayed.

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