Intel Announces New 9th Generation Lineup With "World's Best Gaming CPU"

Intel Announces New 9th Generation Lineup With

Intel Announces New 9th Generation Lineup With "World's Best Gaming CPU"

14nm should have been replaced by 2017 at the latest; the fact that Intel will still be shipping it in 2019 as a leading-edge node is likely responsible for the node's excellent performance. During its presentation, Intel declared the 9900K to be "the best gaming CPU in the world - period" and offered rough numbers showing performance gains in games against the Skylake-based Core i7-6700k. "The results are absolutely clear". The Core i9-9900K is priced at $488, the i7-9700K will cost $373 while the i5-9600K has a price tag of $262. Like all of Intel's processors released over the past few years, the 9 generation Core parts are based on a refined 14nm manufacturing process (14nm++), and are dubbed Coffee Lake Refresh. B&H Photo, for example, has the Core i9-9900K listed at $529.99, the Core i7-9700K at $399, and the Core i5-9600K at $279.99. As before, there will be Core i5, i7, and i9 variants of the 9th-generation K-series CPUs.

It rocks 10 more cores than the previous Xeon chips and can hit clock speeds of up to 4.3GHz. In addition, they also sport slightly higher boost clock speeds if you enable Turbo Boost 3.0, which will get them all up to 4.5GHz with the exception of the Core i9-9820X, which gets to 4.2GHz.

As previously rumored, the Core i9-9900K supports Hyper Threading while the Core i7-9700K does not. All three of these processors will apparently work on all Z300-series motherboards, so those who bought into Z370 previous year will be able to drop a new CPU in after a BIOS update.

Core i7-9800X: 8C/16T, 3.8/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $589 MSRP.

The Z390 platform will continue to feature the same "up to 40" PCI Express lanes that we've seen for several generations, with 16 lanes being directly connected to the CPU, and the rest coming from the chipset which is still connected via a DMI 3.0 link.

Why it matters: Intel announced a smattering of new processors on Monday spanning multiple product segments. This will be the first generation to feature new packaging in quite some time as Intel experiments with a dodecahedron of sorts for the 9th generation lineup. We also know that Gigabyte and ASUS will be building motherboards to support this new chip.

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