Intel announces 9th-Gen Processors for gamers and content creators

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Putting an end to the countless speculations, leaks, and rumors, the 9th Gen Intel processors are finally official. Specifically meant for the gamers and content creators, these CPUs bring in features previously unavailable for the mass consumers. The newly unveiled list includes 9th-Gen Core i9, Core i7, and a Core i5 processor. Intel also mentioned a new Xeon processor flaunting 28 cores and 56 threads with boost clock speeds of up to 4.3Ghz.

9th Gen Intel Processors

Let’s start off with “the best gaming processor in the world,” the Core i9-9900k. It’s a beast of a processor, that can do 5.0Ghz on a mainstream consumer platform, the first CPU to do so. It has 8 Cores, 16 threads, and up to 40 PCIe lanes.

The Core i9-9900k has a base clock of 3.6Ghz & a max turbo frequency of 5Ghz, TDP of 95W, 16MB cache size and as always, an unlocked multiplier. The 9900k also comes in a really nice packaging and is priced at $488.

The 9th gen i7-9700K has 8 cores and 8 threads with 3.6Ghz base and 4.9Ghz turbo boost. It has a similar 95W TDP, but with a smaller 12MB L3 cache size, it is priced at $374. The K moniker means that it again has an unlocked multiplier and supports the FCLGA1151 socket, same as the 9900k.

Finally, the 9th Gen Core i5-9600k comes with a traditional 6 cores 6 threads set up with a base 3.7Ghz and 4.6Ghz turbo boost. It has a 9MB cache size, a TDP of 95W, unlocked multiplier, and a price tag of $262. All three processors are based on Intel’s 14nm class process and will be available starting October 19. The preorders have already begun.

The processors also come with hardware level fixes for the Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault issues with other issues being fixed from software updates.

The upcoming game “Hitman 2” has achieved a 10% bump in frame rates for the 9900k over its predecessor. Adobe Premiere Pro might see up to 34% bump in performance. Let’s just say that Intel still has a slight edge over its red rivals.

Intel Processor comparison

Processors i9-9900K i7-9700K i5-9600K
Base Clock Speed 3.6 3.6 3.7
Turbo Boost Clock Speed 5.0 4.9 4.6
Cores / Threads 8/16 8/8 6/6
TDP 95W 95W 95W
Intel Smart Cache 16MB 12MB 9MB
Price $488 $374 $262

Intel Z390 motherboard

Apart from the processors, Intel also announced the new Z390 board to go with it. Although the older Z370 will also support the silicons. Chip makers Asus, EVGA, ASRock, Gigabyte, iCraft, MSI, NZXT, and Supermicro had launched Z390 boards before the event.

Intel Chipset Comparison

Chipset Z390 Z370 Z270
Max PCH PCIe 3.0 Lanes 24 24 24
Max USB 3.1 (Gen2/Gen1) 6/10 0/10 0/10
Total USB 14 14 14
Max SATA Ports 6 6 6
PCIe Config x16
Memory Channels (Dual) 2/2 2/2 2/2
Max Rapid Storage Technology Ports 3 3 3
Intel Optane Memory Support Yes Yes Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) Yes Yes Yes
Integrated 802.11ac WiFi MAC Yes No No
Intel Smart Sound Yes Yes Yes
Integrated SDXC (SDA 3.0) Support Yes No No
DMI 3.0 3.0 3.0
Overclocking Support Yes Yes Yes
Intel vPro No No No
Max HSIO Lanes 30 30 30
Intel Smart Sound Yes Yes Yes
ME Firmware 12 11 11

Intel Xeon Processor

Intel also announced the new Xeon W-3175X targeted at the ultra enthusiasts. With its 28 Cores and 56 threads, it is really meant for the serious users. This processor comes with a base clock speed of 3.1Ghz and can go up to 4.3Ghz out of the box. With a TDP of 255W, this processor supports the new LGA3647 socket motherboards. The 28 cores push out a Cinebench score of around 7300 points which is right up there with other similar processors.

Intel 9th gen Core X family

The Core X series also got a healthy revision with seven new 9th gen Core X chipsets. All of them have a TDP of 165W and support Intel Optane Memory.

Intel Core X series processors

Processor Number Base Clock Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Cores
Platform PCIe 3.0 Lanes Memory Support Price
i9-9980XE 3.0 4.4 4.5 18/36 Up to 68 Four Channels DDR4-2666 $1979
i9-9960X 3.1 4.4 4.5 16/32 Up to 68 Four Channels DDR4-2666 $1684
i9-9940X 3.3 4.4 4.5 14/28 Up to 68 Four Channels DDR4-2666 $1387
i9-9920X 3.5 4.4 4.5 12/24 Up to 68 Four Channels DDR4-2666 $1189
i9-9900X 3.5 4.4 4.5 10/20 Up to 68 Four Channels DDR4-2666 $989
i9-9820X 3.3 4.1 4.2 10/20 Up to 68 Four Channels DDR4-2666 $889
i7-9800X 3.8 4.4 4.5 8/16 Up to 68 Four Channels DDR4-2666 $589