Built upon the same "14 nm++" process technology as Coffee Lake, this new 9th generation is launching with 3 new processor models. The i5-9600K has six cores with no hyperthreading, is a direct replacement to the i5-8600K, and will feature faster frequencies. It has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz rated at 95W TDP, and it improves on previous generations with a turbo boost up to 5 GHz on two cores instead of one.
Pricing for the new unlocked K-series processors is $262 for the Core i5-9600K, $374 for the Core i7-9700K, and $488 for the Core i9-9900K. This new CPU will boost up to 5Ghz per core and feature 8 cores / 16 threads, making it the most powerful consumer processor ever released.
Amazon just started listing the 8-core Core i9 9900K. All of these new 9th generation Core CPUs has a listed TDP of 95W.
The i9 9700K will replace the i7 8700K as the top i7 on the LGA 1151 platform. This processor has base and boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.9GHz, with a 12MB cache. Alongside that, the company also claimed that the Core i9-9900K is the world's best gaming processor. The Ryzen 7 2700X is the i9-9900K's closest equivalent, but it's also significantly less expensive.
Intel today announced its first 9th-generation Core processors, and as you might expect, they are high-end parts aimed squarely at gamers.
Intel is using a Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM) on the new 9900K, something that should make some people happy with integrated USB 3.1 gen 2 and integrated Intel Wireless-AC connectivity. This processor ships in a new dodecahedron-shaped box which Intel thinks buyers will want to show off. It's supported by the Intel C621 chipset, and can support six-channel DDR4 (maximum capacity 512GB at 2,666MHz). We also know that Gigabyte and ASUS will be building motherboards to support this new chip.
While the nearly $500 price tag is substantially higher than AMD's $330 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X, Intel's advantage in single-threaded performance combined with matched core counts should provide for quite the interesting comparison. This will be the first generation to feature new packaging in quite some time as Intel experiments with a dodecahedron of sorts for the 9th generation lineup.