Intel introduces new 9th generation Core i9 processor for desktop gaming

Intel introduces new 9th generation Core i9 processor for desktop gaming

Lindsey Duncan
October 10, 2018

Intel also announced a renewed lineup of the Core X-Series processors.

Intel came out swinging, stating that the company intends to "deliver leadership performance across all computing segments", adding that "today's announcements underscore our ability to do exactly that".

Intel also showcased its new Core i9-9900K, which it claims to be "the best gaming processor in the world".

The lack of Hyper-Threading on the i7-9700K will provide quite the interesting performance comparison with the current flagship 6C/12T i7-8700K.

Amazon just started listing the 8-core Core i9 9900K. All three chips are available to pre-order today, with prices going from $262 to $488.

Processor shipping will begin on 19 October, and unfortunately the review embargoes end on that same date. If your PC is three or so years old at this point, then you should see a more substantial 41% boost in modern games. Similarly, video editing with Adobe Premiere is up to 34 percent and 97 percent faster respectively, as per Intel's own testing. However, if production is more your thing, then you'll want to take a look at the Core-X series instead.

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Intel has launched its 9th generation of processors globally, including the new Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 processors. In dual-mode we have 4.8GHz, while 4-core mode hits 4.7GHz and 6/8-core mode it'll reach 4.6GHz.

Core i9-9960X: 16C/32T, 3.1/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $1,684 MSRP.

However, that doesn't mean that the Core i7 is a downgrade. It's supported by the Intel C621 chipset, and can support six-channel DDR4 (maximum capacity 512GB at 2,666MHz).

The Core i5-9600K is a six-core SKU, also without Hyper-Threading, same 95W TDP, 3.7GHz base and 4.6GHz Turbo clock and 9MB of L3 cache. 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.

It's important to note that the Intel's latest hardware includes fixes for the controversial and critical Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault issues.

Alongside these new processors comes the launch of a new chipset from Intel, Z390. What do you guys think of Intel's 9th Gen series so far?