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

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"It's the best gaming processor in the world, period", said Anand Srivatsa, Intel's vice president and general manager in the Client Computing Group.

So, these new 9th generation parts bring more cores (at the upper end), better cooling (in theory), and faster clockspeeds compared to Intel's 8th generation lineup.

Intel announced details of their new products today, which features the 9 generation ii9, i7 and i5 processors. Next to last year's Intel Core i7-8700K, this new chip has two more cores but four fewer threads. 14nm should have been replaced by 2017 at the latest; the fact that Intel will still be shipping it in 2019 as a leading-edge node is likely responsible for the node's excellent performance.

The chips are again based on 14nm as Intel has pushed back the production of 10nm Cannon Lake Chips to 2019, now. And all the chips in question have soldered TIMs, including the Core i5-9600K, which should give overclockers a slightly larger chance at hitting frequency targets. It still retains the 95W TDP, works at 3.6GHz base and 5.0GHz Turbo clock, and has 2MB of L2 per core (for a total of 16MB).

However, that doesn't mean that the Core i7 is a downgrade.

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Intel has announced its next-generation desktop processors, and 9th generation core chips in an event held yesterday. It's supported by the Intel C621 chipset, and can support six-channel DDR4 (maximum capacity 512GB at 2,666MHz).

The hardware showcased by Intel comes with fixes for the notorious Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal fault issues.

Expect reviews and benchmarks for the new CPUs to arrive at 9AM ET on the October 19 launch day when the press embargo is lifted. The Core i5-9600K sports six cores paired with six threads and has a base clock speed of 3.7GHz, which can be boosted up to 4.6GHz.

Unveiled on Monday, the new chips come in three flavors. The new CPUs are backward-compatible with the Z370 chipset as well, so you won't need to worry about being locked out of this upgrade if you have an older motherboard.

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