Intel unveils 9th generation CPU, calls it "best gaming processor"

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Moving onto the 8-core processors, we have the i7-9700K and the i9-9900K. Both processors maintain the same 95W TDP as the i7-8700K. Next to last year's Intel Core i7-8700K, this new chip has two more cores but four fewer threads. This is quite a different configuration to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K with 6C/12T but the same base Coffee Lake architecture. Priced at just $589, this has a lowly eight cores and 16 threads, along with a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and a maximum speed of 4.5GHz. The i5-9600K has six cores with no hyperthreading, is a direct replacement to the i5-8600K, and will feature faster frequencies.

Intel has finally officially confirmed the existence of the Core i9-9900K, its first eight-core/16-thread mainstream CPU that will be the flagship part of the new 9th Gen Intel Core mainstream desktop range.

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Switching back to solder as the TIM for these CPUs should provide significantly improved thermal conductivity, resulting in additional overclocking headroom as well as cooler and quieter operation at stock frequencies without the need of delidding. Additionally it features 16MB of L3 cache (2MB of per core), supports dual channel DDR4-2666, and is rated at 95W TDP. Intel has even gone as far to claim its new processors will run TK% cooler than its previous 8th Generation chips. What do you guys make of Intel's new 9th Gen series?

Users will be able to find the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X at a slightly lower $329 (£299, AU$469) price, and this CPU comes with a premium RGB CPU cooler bundled in too. "Intel said that the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor achieved up to 309 frames per second (FPS) on Rainbow Six: Siege; up to 224 FPS on Fortnite; up to 440 FPS on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive; and up to 221 FPS on PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds", wrote VentureBeat.

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We are now at a launch event for this processor, and will share further details if and when we can.

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