Intel Readies New 9th Generation 35W Core Processors – Core i9-9900T With 8 Cores and 16 Threads at 2.1 GHz Clocks, Launching Mid of May


Intel is readying new 9th Generation Core processors with just 35W designs for desktop platforms. The new processors are scheduled to launch on 15th of May and would be arriving in 7 Core and 2 Pentium flavors according to listings by online retailers such as Kikatek (via momomo_us).

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According to the listing, there are going to be several SKUs in the 9th Generation 35W CPU lineup. Most of these SKUs will be part of the Core family but there would also be a few Pentium variants. The models are listed below:

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  • Core i9-9900T
  • Core i7-9700T
  • Core i5-9600T
  • Core i5-9500T
  • Core i5-9400T
  • Core i3-9300T
  • Core i3-9100T
  • Pentium G5600T
  • Pentium G5420T
  • Pentium G4930T

All processors are part of the Coffee Lake refresh lineup which is based on the 14nm++ core architecture and will be featuring the "T" suffix which denotes the lower TDP than their high-performance siblings. The "T" series parts are ideal for platforms that require either lower power or designed to offer a more compact PC experience. An example would be the small form factor (SFF) design which is a best use case for low power, low TDP processors.

The top model of the lineup would be the Core i9-9900T which is an 8 core, 16 thread part with 16 MB of L3 cache. The chip will operate at a base frequency of 2.1 GHz and given the 35W TDP, the boost clocks would be also very conservative around the 3 GHz range. The rest of the lineup is also very similarly clocked with the Core i5-9400T, a 6 core and 6 thread part featuring the lowest base clock of 1.8 GHz.

The Pentium parts are also very interesting as they are dual-core designs with HT (Hyperthreading) enabled (with the exception of the G4930T). These parts start at 3.0 GHz base clocks but don't feature any boost frequencies. You can find more detailed specifications of the 35W parts in the table below.

Intel 9th Gen 35W Processor Lineup:

CPU NameCores/ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockTDP
Intel Core i9-9900T8/162.1 GHzTBD35W
Intel Core i7-9700T8/82.0 GHzTBD35W
Intel Core i5-9600T6/62.3 GHzTBD35W
Intel Core i5-9400T6/61.8 GHzTBD35W
Intel Core i3-9300T4/43.2 GHzTBD35W
Intel Core i3-9100T4/43.1 GHzTBD35W
Intel Pentium G5600T2/43.3 GHzN/A35W
Intel Pentium G5420T2/43.2 GHzN/A35W
Intel Pentium G4930T2/23.0 GHzN/A35W

Now the way Intel handles TDP is based upon the base frequency of their processors so the CPU would always be reaching higher TDPs since the boost higher than their default TDPs. Now based on OEMs, they have the flexibility to fine-tune the TDP numbers for their solutions but for users who want the best performance, the TDP is always going to be beyond 35W for them.

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The prices mentioned over at Kikatek are also placeholders with the Core i9-9900T listed for £455.32 and the Core i7-9700T listed for £338.18. The same site lists the Core i9-9900K for £523.36 and the Core i7-9700K for £420.32. The retail prices may end up being lower but there's still a month to go till the launch.