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Intel's 9th generation processors are here to outperform the competition

Intel's 9th generation processors are here to outperform the competition

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.

The firm made a major change in this year's "Coffee Lake R" chips.

Finally, Intel also announced the Xeon W-3175X workstation chip with an incredible 28 cores. It includes 8 cores and 16 threads, and it's the only one of the three with hyperthreading. 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. On the other hand, i5-9600K features 6-cores, 6-threads and clocked at 3.7GHz that can be boosted to 4.6GHz. The i9-9900K runs at 3.6 GHz, but it can be speed-boosted to a full 5 GHz.

According to Tom's Hardware, Intel is also refreshing its 65W desktop chips and its 35W T-series power-optimized lifestyle desktop CPUs. It has a base clock speed of 3.1 GHz with max boosted clock speed of up to 4.3 GHz. The highlight of the new 9 Gen lineup is the Core i9-9900K with eight cores and a top speed of 5GHz, which the company is calling "the world's best gaming processor". Intel has also said that the all-core frequency for the i9-9900K is 400 MHz faster than the i7-8700K.

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.

Processor shipping will begin on 19 October, and unfortunately the review embargoes end on that same date. 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 hardware showcased by Intel comes with fixes for the notorious Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal fault issues. AnandTech has a rundown of all the new Z390 motherboards if you need help selecting the flawless option for your new build. This new high-end chip is expected to ship later this year in December. What do you guys think of Intel's 9th Gen series so far?