Intel held a livestream today announcing their brand new 9th generation core processors. This includes the highly anticipated 8-core, 16-thread Core i9-9900K. While we’ve known about most of the 9th generation Core processors for a while now, Intel has officially confirmed everything. One of the biggest revelations of the livestream was that Intel will be using solder TIM for the whole range of products, which should result in not only better overclocking potential but much lower thermals as well.
The Core i9-9900K is Intel’s first 5.0 GHz processor was well as the company’s first mainstream 8-core, 16-thread offering. Intel showed off the processor in a demonstration with a system running two virtual machines with two games running, both streaming at the same time as well. This showed that there was not only enough CPU performance to run both of these games, but to stream from both systems as well. Intel is touting the Core i9-9900K as the “World’s Best Gaming Desktop Processor” and while they did not release any data Intel said they have tested 19 games and the the Core i9-9900K came out on top of anything else, including AMD. This is to be expected with the Core i9-9900K’s 5.0 GHz boost clock.
So again, the Core i9-9900K is an 8-core, 16-thread chip with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and boost clock of 5.0 GHz. Next is the Core i7-9700K which is an 8-core, 8-thread chip that has similar clocks of 3.6 GHz base and 4.9 GHz boost. Finally you have the Core i5-9600K, it is a 6-core, 6-thread chip with a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a boost clock of 4.6 GHz. All three chips have a 95W TDP and 16 PCIe lanes.
This refresh from Intel will not require a new motherboard, even though you’ll see new Z390 boards, your Z370 boards will support these processors with a BIOS update. You can pre-order these chips today and they will be available globally October 19th.