Intel officially announced the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K this afternoon, which the company is calling “the world’s best gaming processor”. Pre-orders for the new processor are already live and gamers and content creators should be excited for the new release.
Today’s announcement was made as part of a series of new desktop processor introductions, marking the first release of new 9th Gen Intel Core processors, as well as the new Intel Core X-series processors, and the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor.
“Our goal is to deliver leadership performance across all computing segments and product lines,” said Anand Srivatsa, vice president and general manager, Desktop, Systems and Channel, within the Client Computing Group at Intel. “Today’s announcements underscore our ability to do exactly that, including, hands-down, the world’s best processor for gaming. Whether a gamer, a creator or an expert using the most advanced workstation applications possible, Intel and our partners are focused on delivering balanced platforms with real-world leadership performance and robust capabilities that exceed their needs.”
Getting into the i9-9900K, Intel stated that all three of the 9th Gen Intel Core processors unveiled today (i5-9600K, i7-9700K and i9-9900K) will offer the unlocked “K” SKUs at each brand level, and up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for system expandability for gaming, creating and overclocking.
Intel also stated that with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, the CPUs can deliver up to 5.0 GHz single-core frequency, so gamers can enjoy their favorite games with up to 10% more FPS across popular gaming titles compared with the previous generation. If you are jumping from a 3-year old PC, Intel says you can expect up to a 37% increase in FPS in major titles.
Content creators and streamers can enjoy up to 11% more FPS compared with the previous generation, and up to 41% more FPS compared with a 3-year-old PC. Video editing also improved on Adobe Premiere with the high-end CPU, now with up to 34% faster video editing when compared with the previous generation and up to 97% faster compared with a 3-year-old PC.
As for overall system performance, you will see a 15% improvement as compared with the previous generation, and up to 40% as compared with a 3-year-old PC. Since these are the unlocked versions, you can overclock these new processors with the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU), and take advantage of the additional thermal headroom with solder thermal interface material (STIM).
To realize the full potential of the new 9th Gen Intel Core processor, Intel is introducing the new Intel Z390 chipset.
The Intel Z390 chipset includes high-speed integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 and integrated Intel Wireless-AC with support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speed. The 9th Gen Intel Core processors are also compatible with all Intel 300 Series chipset motherboards for more consumer options.
Preorders for the 9th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel Z390 chipset motherboards begin today from a variety of global vendors and retailers.
Intel also announced seven (i7-9800X, i9-9820X, i9-9900X, i9-9920X, i9-9940X, i9-9960X and i9-9980XE) new Intel Core X-series processors for Intel’s desktop platform with a variety of core counts and I/O capabilities, as well as details on the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor.
Designed with high frequencies and platform features for both lightly threaded and heavily threaded workloads, these processors are designed to handle the most demanding tasks and applications. Both products are built on the Intel Mesh Architecture, which increases memory and I/O bandwidth, while decreasing latency – a critical need for the demanding workloads of creators and experts.
The new Intel Core X-series processors offer scalable options ranging from 8 to 18 cores. With up to 18 cores, 36 threads, 24.75 MB Intel Smart Cache, and up to 68 platform PCIe lanes, Intel Core X-series processor-based systems enable creators to quickly and simultaneously record, encode, edit, render and transcode.
With Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 delivering up to 4.5 GHz single-core frequency, critical workloads can be directed to the processor’s two fastest cores, optimizing for lightly threaded performance when necessary. This means customers do not have to make a tradeoff between choosing a processor for lightly threaded or heavily threaded workloads.
Intel Core X-series processors will also enable software developers to write applications that take advantage of Intel AVX-512 instructions to accelerate computing performance for parallel workloads.
The new Intel Core X-series processors will be available in November; the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor will ship from Intel in December.