Intel looks to be working on their 9th generation Core processor family. With this we will see the first introduction of an 8-core part to the LGA115x mainstream desktop (MSDT) platform. Intel will also be making some brand changes within MSDT, with the Core i9 brand being brought in. Core i9 will symbolize 8-core, 16-thread parts, Core i7 will be 8-core, 8-thread parts (more cores, but fewer threads than current Core i7 parts), and Core i5 will be unchanged at 6-core, 6-thread parts. The 9th generation Core processor family will be based on the new 14 nm+++ “Wiskey Lake” silicon, which is a “Skylake” refinement, so do not expect per-core IPC improvements.
So to start off we will have the flagship Core i9-9900K. This is an 8-core, 16-thread part that features the full 16 MB of shared L3 cache available on the silicon. It is clocked at 3.60 GHz and can boost all the way up to 5.0 GHz. So you’ll get 5.0 GHz across 1-3 cores, 4.80 GHz across 4 cores, and 4.7 GHz across 6 to 8 cores. The TDP of the chip remains the same as its predecessor at 95W.
Next up is the Core i7-9700K, which is a successor to the Core i7-8700K. It packs in 8 cores, but lacks HyperTjhreading. It also runs at a base clock of 3.6 GHz and boosts up to 4.9 GHz. You will get the 4.9 GHz on a single core, 4.8 GHz on 2 cores, 4.7 GHz on 4 cores, and 4.6 GHz on 4 to 6 cores. The L3 cache has been reduced as well down to 12 MB.
Lastly we have the Core i5-9600K, which is a 6-core, 6-thread part running at 3.7 GHz and boosting up to 3.7 GHz. So you’ll get 4.6 GHz on one core, 4.5 GHz on 2 cores, 4.4 GHz on 4 cores, and 4.3 GHz on all cores. The L3 cache is set at 9 MB.
All three chips will be backwards compatible with current 300-series chipsets with a BIOS update. Intel is expected to launch these chips towards the end of Q3 2018.