Intel Announces New Core i9 Family, 9th Generation CPUs

Laverne Mann
October 10, 2018

Intel held an event in New York City today, where it announced its ninth-generation desktop processors, going all the way up to the Core i9-9900K.

Addressing one of the most common complaints from enthusiasts about recent Intel processors, the 9th generation series of processors will come with what Intel is referring to as "Solder Thermal Interface Material" (STIM). The Core i9-9900K is the star of the show here, delivering 8C/16T, a 3.6/5.0GHz base/boost speed and up to 40 PCIE lanes all tied up in a 95W package.

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. 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.

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It rocks 10 more cores than the previous Xeon chips and can hit clock speeds of up to 4.3GHz. They are however still on the 14nm architecture, so there is a real sense that the industry is holding its breath in anticipation of Intel launching their 10nm Cannon lake series at some point next year. Similarly, video editing with Adobe Premiere is up to 34 percent and 97 percent faster respectively, as per Intel's own testing.

Core i9-9980XE: 18C/36T, 3.0/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $1,979 MSRP. This marks the first time in the history of the Core CPU family that a Core i7 part will lack hyperthreading, but it is also the first ever 8-core option. It's supported by the Intel C621 chipset, and can support six-channel DDR4 (maximum capacity 512GB at 2,666MHz). It has a base clock speed of 3.1 GHz with max boosted clock speed of up to 4.3 GHz. There's also a new Xeon chip, the Xeon W-3175X, for use in workstation PCs to support highly specialized hardware and software such as ECC memory.

Also new: These chips are the first to include hardware fixes for some variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. Here's everything you need to know. What do you guys think of Intel's 9th Gen series so far?

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