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Intel 9th Generation Coffee Lake-Refresh ‘Up To 8 Core, Core i9-9900K’ CPUs For Z390, Basin Falls Refresh ‘Up To 18 Core, Core i9-9980XE’ CPUs For X299 & Xeon W-3175X 28 Core CPUs Officially Announced

Oct 8, 2018

Intel has just announced their latest 9th Generation Core and Core-X processors which will be aiming for the mainstream and high-end desktop PC market. The new processors are designed to become the most advanced gaming and enthusiast grade products for their respective market.

Intel’s 9th Gen Coffee Lake-Refresh With 8 Core, Core i9-9900K Flagship & 9th Generation Basin Falls-Refresh With 18 Core, Core i9-9980XE Flagship Officially Announced

The Intel 9th Generation Core family will be the first we will be talking about as it targets the wider mainstream market. The processor lineup will first introduce to us the latest unlocked SKUs which include the Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and the Core i5-9600K.

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The 9th generation will be compatible with the existing 300 series and the new Z390 boards. Following are some key features of the lineup:

  • First performance Intel Core i9 desktop S-series processor
  • Up to 8 cores
  • Intel Z390 chipset compatible
  • Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM)
  • Integrated USB 3.1 gen 2 and Integrated Intel Wireless-AC
  • Up to 16 threads, 5.0 GHz, 16 MB cache, and 40 platform PCIe lanes (16 CPU + 24 PCH)
  • Compatible with all Intel 300 series chipsets
  • Intel Optane memory and Intel Optane SSD support
  • Thunderbolt 3 support

Intel Core i9-9900K, Intel’s First 8 Core and 16 Thread Mainstream CPU With 4.7 GHz All 8 Core Boost Frequency For $488 US

The Intel Core i9-9900K is the flagship SKU of the 9th Generation Core family. This will be the first mainstream desktop Core i9 part and also the first Intel chip to boast 8 cores and 16 threads. In terms of cache, the chip will feature 16 MB of L3 and will come with an Intel UHD 620 graphics chip.

The clock speeds are something to check out here, we are going to get a 3.6 GHz base clock out of the box and a 5.0 GHz boost clock in single and dual core operations. 4 core boost is rated at 4.8 GHz while 6/8 core boost is rated at 4.7 GHz. This is the highest frequency we have seen on an 8 core part across all cores. All of this is done under a 95W package so we can expect some hefty cooling solutions to go along with this chip.

Intel Core i7-9700K, Intel’s First 8 Core, Core i7 Mainstream Desktop CPU With Up To 4.6 GHz Clocks Across All Cores at $374 US

Coming to the top Core i7 part, we get 8 cores and 8 threads. This the complete opposite of what we have been hearing as previous rumors identified the chip as a 6 core and 12 thread part. The chip will have 12 MB of L3 cache and as you might tell, it has fewer threads than the Core i7-8700K but comes with a higher core count. So, maybe, we will get the same or even better performance from the chip.

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In terms of clock speeds, the chip has a base clock of 3.6 GHz and boosts up to 4.9 GHz in single, 4.8 GHz in dual-core, 4.7 GHz in four core and 4.6 GHz in 6/8 core operations. The TDP for this part is maintained at the same 95W.

Intel Core i5-9600K, 6 Cores, and 6 Threads With Higher Clocks Than 8th Generation i5 ‘K” SKU, $262 US Official Price

The Intel Core i5-9600K is a 6 core and 6 thread part with 9 MB of L3 cache. This makes it very similar to the Core i5-8600K. The difference is that it features higher clock speeds of 3.7 GHz base, 4.6 GHz boost (1 core), 4.5 GHz (2 core), 4.4 GHz (4 core) and 4.3 GHz (6 core). All of this is done at the same TDP of 95W.

Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:

Processor Name Process Cores / Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Cache TDP Price
Core i9-9900KS 14nm++ 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz (8 Cores) 16 MB 95W TBD
Core i9-9900K 14nm++ 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz 16 MB 95W $488 US
Core i9-9900KF 14nm++ 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz 16 MB 95W $488 US
Core i7-9700K 14nm++ 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 12 MB 95W $374 US
Core i7-9700KF 14nm++ 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 12 MB 95W $374 US
Core i5-9600K 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 9 MB 95W $262 US
Core i5-9600KF 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 9 MB 95W $262 US
Core i5-9600 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.1 GHz 4.5 GHz 9 MB 65W TBD
Core i5-9500 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 9 MB 65W TBD
Core i5-9400 14nm++ 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz 9 MB 65W $182
Core i5-9400T 14nm++ 6 / 6 1.8 GHz 3.4 GHz 9 MB 35W TBD
Core i3-9350KF 14nm++ 4/4 4.0 GHz 4.6 GHz 8 MB 91W TBD
Core i3-9100 14nm++ 4 / 4 TBD 4.2 GHz 6 MB 65W TBD
Core i3-9000 14nm++ 4 / 4 3.7 GHz N/A 6 MB 65W TBD
Core i3-9000T 14nm++ 4 / 4 3.2 GHz N/A 6 MB 35W TBD
Which Intel 9th Generation CPUs are you most interested in?

Intel’s 9th Gen Core-X Family Announced– Core i9-9980XE Flagship With Enhanced 18 Cores, Solder TIM Across Entire Lineup, 68 PCIe Platform Lanes and More

Intel is also introducing their latest Basin Falls Refresh and Skylake-X HEDT Core-X processors today. The Basin Falls refresh will be optimized models of the CPUs we got last year and include a total of seven new processors which include:

  • Core i9-9980XE (18 Core Flagship)
  • Core i9-9960X (16 Core)
  • Core i9-9940X (14 Core)
  • Core i9-9920X (12 Core)
  • Core i9-9900X (10 Core)
  • Core i9-9820X (10 Core)
  • Core i7-9800X (6 Core)

The flagship part, the Intel Core i9-9980XE will feature a total of 18 cores, same as the Core i9-7980XE, albeit with higher clock speeds and much more power tuning involved. But we all know about the 28 core part that is aiming for launch in December 2018. While the Basin Falls Refresh would launch around October-November, the flagship Skylake-X HEDT platform based around the LGA 3647 socket won’t be available until the end of this year. Some features of the new Intel Basin Falls Refresh Lineup include:

  • Up To 18 Cores, 36 Threads
  • Up To 68 Platform PCIe Lanes (44 Core per CPU)
  • Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Support
  • Solder TIM (STIM) For Better Overclocking
Intel announces seven new Intel Core X-Series processors (i7-9800X, i9-9820X, i9-9900X, i9-9920X, i9-9940X, i9-9960X, and i9-9980XE) on Oct 8, 2018, with a variety of core counts and I/O capabilities. They are designed for premium content creation platforms. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel 9th Generation Core-X CPU Lineup Specifications

CPU Name Intel Core i9-9990XE Intel Core i9-9980XE Intel Core i9-9960X Intel Core i9-9940X Intel Core i9-9920X Intel Core i9-9900X Intel Core i9-9820X Intel Core i9-9800X
Cores/Threads 14/28 18/36 16/32 14/28 12/24 10/20 10/20 8/16
Base Clock 4.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.8 GHz
Boost Clock 5.0 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz
Cache TBD 24.75 MB L3 22 MB L3 19.25 MB L3 19.25 MB L3 19.25 MB L3 16,5 MB L3 16.5 MB L3
Memory Support DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666
Platform PCIe Lanes 68 PCIe Lanes 68 PCIe Lanes 68 PCIe Lanes 68 PCIe Lanes 68 PCIe Lanes 68 PCIe Lanes 68 PCIe Lanes 68 PCIe Lanes
Solder Thermal Interface Material Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TDP 255W 165W 165W 165W 165W 165W 165W 165W
Price ~$2000 US $1979 US $1684 US $1387 US $1189 US $989 US $898 US $589 US

Intel Xeon W-3175X – The First 28 Core Unlocked SKU For The Ultra-Premium Market, 4.3 GHz Boost Clock

The new ultra-enthusiast processor will be known as the Intel Xeon W-3175X with 28 core, 56 threads and boasting a base clock of 3.1 GHz and a boost clock of 4.3 GHz out of the box and will be the only Skylake-X 28 core chip available for the new LGA 3647 socketed motherboards. The same chip scored around 7300 points in Cinebench R15 which you can compare with similar high-core-count processors available right now. It will have a 255W TDP which is beyond the 250W that AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32 Core CPU comes with so the extra cooling is much needed here.

You can check out ASUS’s ROG Dominus Extreme motherboard which is designed for the new Skylake-X 28 core CPUs over here.

Intel HEDT Processor Families:

Intel HEDT Family Gulftown Sandy Bridge-E Ivy Bridge-E Haswell-E Broadwell-E Skylake-X Skylake-X Skylake-X Cascade Lake-X
Process Node 32nm 32nm 22nm 22nm 14nm 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm++
Flagship SKU Core i7-980X Core i7-3960X Core i7-4960X Core i7-5960X Core i7-6950X Core i9-7980XE Core i9-9980XE Xeon W-3175X TBD
Max Cores/Threads 6/12 6/12 6/12 8/16 10/20 18/36 18/36 28/56 18/36
Clock Speeds 3.33/3,60 GHz 3.30/3.90 GHz 3.60/4.00 GHz 3.00/3.50 GHz 3.00/3.50 GHz 2.60/4.20 GHz 3.00/4.50 GHz 3.10/4.30 GHz TBD
Max Cache 12 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3 20 MB L3 25 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 24.75 MB L3
Max PCI-Express Lanes (CPU) 32 Gen2 40 Gen2 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3
Chipset Compatiblity X58 Chipset X79 Chipset X79 Chipset X99 Chipset X99 Chipset X299 X299 C612E X299
Socket Compatiblity LGA 1366 LGA 2011 LGA 2011 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2066 LGA 2066 LGA 3647 LGA 2066
Memory Compatiblity DDR3-1066 DDR3-1600 DDR3-1866 DDR4-2133 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2800 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933
Max TDP 130W 130W 130W 140W 140W 165W 165W 255W 165W?
Launch Q1 2010 Q4 2011 Q3 2013 Q3 2014 Q2 2016 Q3 2017 Q4 2018 Q4 2018 2H 2019
Launch Price $999 US $999 US $999 US $1059 US $1700 US $1999 US $1979 US ~$4000 US TBD
Which Intel 9th Gen Core-X Processor Is The Most Interesting?