Comparatively, the Intel Core i7-8700K starts at a tick higher 3.7GHz base frequency but can't go almost as fast with its maximum 4.9GHz boost clock. The highlight of the new 9 Gen lineup is the Core i9-9900K with eight cores and a top speed of 5GHz, which the company is calling "the world's best gaming processor". This processor has base and boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.9GHz, with a 12MB cache.
At the lower end, we have the i5-9600K, replacing the current i5-8600K.
Intel has dropped hyper-threading on its lower-end, budget processor before, but this is a high-end processor meant for gamers and creatives. The company demonstrated a single PC with a Core i9-9900K running two games in separate virtual machines simultaneously, but gaming while encoding and streaming is a more likely usage scenario.
The Intel Core i7-9700K sadly comes doesn't come in at the same $359 (£389, AU$524) price the Intel Core i7-8700K did. This is quite a different configuration to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K with 6C/12T but the same base Coffee Lake architecture.
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The supporting act today is the Core i5-9600K, with six cores but no Hyperthreading.
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. You can also expect to find these 9th Gen Core processors in new PCs from Asus, HP, Dell and Alienware in the coming weeks and months.
The platform supports six channels of DDR4-2666 memory with a maximum capacity of 512GB and offers 68 PCIe lanes. Intel has even gone as far to claim its new processors will run TK% cooler than its previous 8th Generation chips.
We will be updating this post with more details regarding the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors once we go through the in-depth information provided by Intel.