Intel debuts 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors

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The 9th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel Z390 chipset motherboards can now be preordered.

Over the weekend, Intel debuted their 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, including the “world’s best gaming processor” — Intel Core i-9900K. Also announced was the new Intel Core X-Series processors for content creation platforms and the Intel Xeon W-3175X.

“Our goal is to deliver leadership performance across all computing segments and product lines,” said Anand Srivatsa, vice president and general manager, Desktop, Systems and Channel, within the Client Computing Group at Intel. “Today’s announcements underscore our ability to do exactly that, including, hands-down, the world’s best processor for gaming. Whether a gamer, a creator or an expert using the most advanced workstation applications possible, Intel and our partners are focused on delivering balanced platforms with real-world leadership performance and robust capabilities that exceed their needs.”

The 9th Gen Intel Core series bring a faster, more immersive experience for gamers and feature up to 8 cores with 16 threads, up to 5.0 GHz single-core turbo, and 16MB of Intel Smart Cache. Coupled with the new Intel Z390 chipset motherboards, gamers will be able to realize the full potential of the new i9-series chips. 

Improvements in this generation include:

  • Enabling more than 220 FPS on three of the most popular global PC game titles.
  • With Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivering up to 5.0 GHz single-core frequency, gamers can enjoy their favorite games with up to 10 percent more FPS across popular gaming titles compared with the previous generation, as well as up to 37 percent more FPS compared to a 3-year-old PC.
  • Capture game play, transcode and stream while playing. With this type of megatasking, gamers can enjoy up to 11 percent7 more FPS compared with the previous generation and up to 41 percent more FPS compared with a 3-year-old PC.
  • Video editing improved on Adobe Premiere – Up to 34 percent faster video editing compared with the previous generation and up to 97 percent faster compared with a 3-year-old PC.
  • Overall system performance improved up to 15 percent better as compared with previous generation and up to 40 percent as compared with a 3-year-old PC.
  • Overclock3 these new processors with the Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU), a precision tool for advanced overclocking, and take advantage of the additional thermal headroom with solder thermal interface material (STIM).

Specifications of the 9th Gen Intel Core Processors include:

  • 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K
    • Base Clock Speed: 3.6GHz 
    • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Maximum Single Core Turbo Frequency: 5.0GHz
    • Cores/Threads: 8/16
    • TDP: 95W
    • Intel Smart Cache: 16MB
    • Unlocked: Yes
    • Platform PCIE Lanes: Up to 40
    • Memory Support: Two channels DDR4-2666
    • Intel Optane Memory Support: Yes
    • RCP Pricing: $488USD
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9700K
    • Base Clock Speed: 3.6GHz
    • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Maximum Single Core Turbo Frequency: 4.9GHz
    • Cores/Threads: 8/8
    • TDP: 95W
    • Intel Smart Cache: 12MB
    • Unlocked: Yes
    • Platform PCIE Lanes: Up to 40
    • Memory Support: Two channels DDR4-2666
    • Intel Optane Memory Support: Yes
    • RCP Pricing: $374USD
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9600K
    • Base Clock Speed: 3.7GHz
    • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Maximum Single Core Turbo Frequency: 4.6GHz
    • Cores/Threads: 6/6
    • TDP: 95W
    • Intel Smart Cache: 9MB
    • Unlocked: Yes
    • Platform PCIE Lanes: Up to 40
    • Memory Support: Two channels DDR4-2666
    • Intel Optane Memory Support: Yes
    • RCP Pricing: $262USD

Seven new Intel Core-X series processors were also unveiled and are designed with “high frequencies and platform features for both lightly threaded and heavily threaded workloads.” Ranging from 8 to 18 cores, and up to 36 threads, 24.75MB Intel Smart Cach, and up to 68 platform PCIe lanes, the new Intel Core-X series are sure to assist and enable creators to create and render content even quicker than before.

Finally, the 28-core Intel Xeon W-3175X features up to 4.3 GHz single-core turbo frequency, 56 threads, and comes unlocked for those who want even more performance.

Preorders for the 9th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel Z390 chipset motherboards began yesterday. The new Intel Core X-series processors will be available in November; the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor will ship from Intel in December.

What do you think about the 9th Gen Intel Core, Core-X, and Xeon processors? Will you be upgrading your desktop gaming rig with them? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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