Hailed by Intel as the “World’s best gaming processor”, the company’s newly announced 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K and Intel Core X-series processors.
The new i9-9900K is a heavy-duty CPU, which will bring increased frame rates, up to 5.0GHz single-core frequencies, improved support for video editing and transcoding, and better overclocking potential. Intel boasts that gamers will see a significant improvement in their games, with up to ten percent better Frames Per Second compared to the previous generation processors, 8-cores and 16-threads, 16MB Intel Smart Cache, and nearly a 40 percent increase in FPS over a gaming PC from three years ago.
There are three 9th Gen Intel Core processors unveiled, and are ready for pre-ordering: i5-9600K, i7-9700K, and the flagship CPU, i9-9900K. These processors will be fitted to the new Intel Z390 chipset boards, which also include improvements such as gigabit Wi-Fi and integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2.
The Coffee Lake micro-architecture processors are using the current 14nm manufacturing process, which many punters are questioning as Apple’s newly released iPhone XS using a 7nm process, and indeed Intel’s rival, AMD, pushing to adopt a 7nm process with its new CPU and GPU range are already available. Conversely, Intel stated recently that its 10nm process technology would be delayed until 2019, with the 7nm process tech being further into 2019. Could Intel be biding its time to see how well the new CPU architecture fares? Or could it have simply dropped the ball on this one?
Together with the 9th Gen announcement, Intel also revealed its new Core X-Series for the desktop and workstation platforms. These chips are designed for scalable desktop platforms, creators and experts, and come with a variety of cores and I/O capabilities to handle the most demanding multi-threading tasks and applications.
There are seven X-Series CPUs available: i7-9800X, i9-9820X, i9-9900X, i9-9920X, i9-9940X, i9-9960X, and the Extreme Edition flagship CPU, the i9-9980XE. The series offer scalable options ranging from 8 to 18 cores, in the case of the XE, and processor speeds up to 4.40GHz.
Finally, the company also revealed its new 28-core, 56 thread, 38.5MB cache, unlocked Xeon W-3175X processor. Built for intensive workloads and high volume sever setups that can support up to 512GB of 6-channel DDR4 memory, expect to see this beast arrive online some time in December.
As soon as we get hold of the new CPUs and boards for testing we’ll post up a review, so stay tuned.