Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPUs Officially Listed – Core i5-9600K 6 Core CPU and More 9th Gen Chips For Z390 Platform Confirmed

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Jul 3, 2018
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The Intel 9th Generation Core Family is coming to the consumer market really soon as indicated by their official listing on the microcode revision guidance documents. The Intel 9th Generation Core processors will be based on existing microarchitecture and will be more of a refresh to the lineups that launched last year.

Intel 9th Generation Core Processors Officially Listed – Coming To The Consumer Market This Quarter

We covered the Intel 9th Generation Core Family along with the first processor names a few days ago. Today, Intel has confirmed our article by listing down a couple of unreleased, 9th Generation Core processors which will be hitting the retail market, this quarter. There is a range of CPUs that users will be able to select, all the way from Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and the top-end Core i9 chips.

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A total of seven processors have been listed in the official documents, five of which belong to the Core i5 family and just two parts that fall under the Core i3 family. The processors include the Core i5-9600K, Core i5-9600, Core i5-9500, Core i5-9400, Core i5-9400T, Core i3-9100 and Core i3-9100. All Core i5 parts are based on the 6 core configuration and feature GT2 graphics while the Core i3 parts are based on the 4 core configuration and feature GT2 graphics.

These processors would make up for a small portion of the entire 9th Generation Family as the line will include several other chips. What’s more interesting about this listing is that the 9th generation chips are listed underneath the 8th generation codename, basically showing what we have known for a while now that the new chips will be using the same Coffee Lake-S architecture which we have gotten before. We know of three high-end CPUs in this lineup from our previous report, which will include:

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  • Intel Core i9-9900K (est: 8 core / 16 thread)
  • Intel Core i7-9700K (est: 6 core / 12 thread)
  • Intel Core i5-9600K (est: 6 core / 6 thread)

The official specifications of these processors reveal that we are looking up to 200 MHz boosts in terms of clock speeds compared to the previous generation which was already running at great speeds.  Some power management optimizations seem to also been added to the new chips so we will be looking at similar or even better overclocking performance out of the new refreshed lineup.

Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:

Processor Name Process Cores / Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Cache TDP Price
Core i9-9900K 14nm++ 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz (1/2 Core)
4.8 GHz (4 Core)
4.7 GHz (6/8 Core)
16 MB 95W $488 US
Core i7-9700K 14nm++ 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz (1 Core)
4.8 GHz (2 Core)
4.7 GHz (4 Core)
4.6 GHz (6/8 Core)
12 MB 95W $374 US
Core i5-9600K 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz (1 Core)
4.5 GHz (2 Core)
4.4 GHz (4 Core)
4.3 GHz (6 Core)
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 TBD
Core i5-9400T 14nm++ 6 / 6 1.8 GHz 3.4 GHz 9 MB 35W TBD
Core i3-9100 14nm++ 4 / 4 3.7 GHz N/A 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

We don’t have the final model specifications at hand but we have seen entries of the Intel 8 Core part on several occasions. The 8 core part is clearly a reaction to AMD delivering a better and faster 8 core solution to gamers and productivity enthusiasts compared to their already great Ryzen 7 1800X. Intel will be aiming their 8 core chip against the Ryzen 7 2700X which will be the top dog for the AMD team on the X470 platform till 7nm arrives. Intel’s 8 Core processors will have 95W and 80W SKUs and will be branded under the Core i9 segment with prices over the $400 US mark.

In the meantime, the Core i7-8700K has been the most popular gaming processor in the market for 10 months straight and continues on with its dominance showing that gamers building mainstream PCs still select Intel processors over AMD’s higher core count parts. We are also to expect the new (or rebadged) Z390 motherboards to go along with the 9th Generation family later this quarter.

Expected Intel 300-Series Kaby Lake Refresh and Cannon Lake PCH Features:

Chipset Name Coffee Lake S (KBL-R) PCH / Z370 Platform Coffee Lake S (CNL-H) PCH / 300 Series (Z390/H370, B360, Q370, H310)
Process Node 22nm 14nm
Processor 8C, 6C, 4C (6 Consumer SKUs at Launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Consumer Only
8C, 6C, 4C, 2C (Full corporate/consumer SKU stack at launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Corporate/vPro & Consumer
Memory Up To DDR4-2666 (Native) Up To DDR4-2666 (Native)
Media, Display & Audio DP 1.2 & HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0a w/LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP
DP 1.2 & HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0a w/LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP
SoundWire Digital Audio Interface
I/O & Connectivity Integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Alpine Ridge)
Integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi / BT CNVi)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Titan Ridge) w/ DP 1.4
Storage Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
Security Intel SGX 1.0 Intel SGX 1.0
Power Management C8 Support C10 & S0ix Support for Modern Standby
Launch 2017 2018
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