Intel announces its latest 9th-Gen chips, including its ‘best gaming processor’ Core i9October 8, 2018
Intel’s next generation of desktop processors are here with the company’s new 9th Gen Core chips just announced today at the company’s fall hardware event.
To that end, the company is launching new chips, including the new Core i9-9900K, which Intel says is “the best gaming processor in the world. Period.” The i9-9900K offers eight cores and 16 threads, clocked at base frequency of 3.6 GHz, which can be boosted up to 5.0 GHz.
Along with the new Core i9 processor, Intel is also announcing new 9th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 models, too: the i7-9700K with eight cores and eight threads, and base 3.6 GHz clock speed (which can be boosted to 4.9 GHz); and the i5-9600K, which offers six cores and six threads at a base 3.7 GHz speed (which can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz).
Despite Intel jumping ahead to its 9th Gen moniker, the new chips are still based off Intel’s existing 14nm process, which the company has been using as far back as the 5th Gen Broadwell chips back in 2014. The 9th Gen chips are specifically using Intel’s 14nm++ process that it introduced last year with its 8th Gen Coffee Lake chips, with Intel continuing to delay production of its truly next-gen 10nm Cannon Lake chips until 2019.
Preorders for the 9th-Gen chips open today, with the processors set to chip on October 19th. The chips are priced far more modestly than Intel’s pricier Core X, too: the Core i9-9900K is set to cost $488 the i7-9700K will cost $373, and the i5-9600K will set you back $262.
But Intel isn’t leaving out its high end users, either: the company also announced an updated lineup of its Core X-Series processors (first announced in 2017), with new Core i7 X-Series, Core i9 X-Series, and Core i9 Extreme processors. And like the first-generation OCore i9 Extreme, the new model continues to offer 218 cores and 36 threads — remaining the top of Intel’s consumer range.
And, for professional users who need even more firepower, Intel announced a new 28 core Intel Xeon W-3175X processor, which is unlocked at up to 4.3GHz and is set to ship later this year in December. No price has been announced yet, but it likely won’t be cheap when it does hit stores.