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Intel Steps Up The Marketing Game With Leaked 9th Generation Core i9 Packaging

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Oct 1, 2018
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The packaging of Intel’s upcoming 9th generation processors has leaked out (courtesy of Momomo_Us) and it is, well, very bright. AMD upped the ante on the packaging game with their beautifully designed Threadripper (and even Ryzen) boxes and it looks like Intel took note because this particular design is a (positive) divergence from their usual box-y philosophy.

Intel Core i9-9900K packaging leaked, steps up its marketing game

The package is semi-transparent and has 12 sides, making it a dodecahedron. This is an odd choice because the processor has 16 threads so a hexadecagon would have been more appropriate – or an octahedron (which has 8 sides) like the Destiny engrams.  I must say, however, the packaging looks pretty great. It is clear that the processor is meant for the mainstream / semi-enthusiast category (aka gamers) and the marketing has finally caught on as well.


Now the image, which appears to be an Amazon listing doesn’t actually state that it’s the Core i9-9900K, but considering this is a processor which has 8 cores and 16 threads, it’s pretty clear that they are referring to the Core i9-9900K. The part is supposed to launch pretty soon according to previous leaks and will be the first time Intel introduces a part worth 8 cores to its mainstream platform. It will also mark the first time that an Intel Core i7 (the Core i7-9700K) ships without HT in recent times. Needless to say, this is going to be one interesting lineup. The insanely high clocks should make this the perfect CPU for gamers.

The Core i9-9900K is the flagship part of Intel’s upcoming 9th generation lineup and will feature 8 cores with hyperthreading enabled (8 cores / 16 threads). The real fun comparison will be between the core i9-9900K and the Core i7-9700K which also has 8 cores but with no hyperthreading (8 cores / 8 threads). Supposedly, the Core i9-9900K can boost to an absolutely massive 5 GHz clock on air when dealing with single core/dual core turbos and up to 4.7GHz on all 8 cores. All 9th generation parts are fabbed on the 14nm++ process and MSRP has already leaked out.

Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:

Processor NameProcessCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockCacheTDPPrice
Core i9-9900K14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz (1/2 Core)
4.8 GHz (4 Core)
4.7 GHz (6/8 Core)
16 MB95W$488 US
Core i7-9700K14nm++8 / 83.6 GHz4.9 GHz (1 Core)
4.8 GHz (2 Core)
4.7 GHz (4 Core)
4.6 GHz (6/8 Core)
12 MB95W$374 US
Core i5-9600K14nm++6 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz (1 Core)
4.5 GHz (2 Core)
4.4 GHz (4 Core)
4.3 GHz (6 Core)
9 MB95W$262 US
Core i5-960014nm++6 / 63.1 GHz4.5 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-950014nm++6 / 63.0 GHz4.3 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-940014nm++6 / 62.9 GHz4.1 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-9400T14nm++6 / 61.8 GHz3.4 GHz9 MB35WTBD
Core i3-910014nm++4 / 43.7 GHzN/A6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-900014nm++4 / 43.7 GHzN/A6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-9000T14nm++4 / 43.2 GHzN/A6 MB35WTBD
Which Intel 9th Generation CPUs are you most interested in?
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