Intel announces its ninth-generation desktop processors, including the Core i9-9900K

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Sarah Tew CNET

The new 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will be made available in the market starting from 19 October onwards globally. Coming with Intel's first consumer i9 processor also comes the first i7 desktop processor not to feature Hyper-threading. This will be the first generation to feature new packaging in quite some time as Intel experiments with a dodecahedron of sorts for the 9th generation lineup. "Intel said that the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor achieved up to 309 frames per second (FPS) on Rainbow Six: Siege; up to 224 FPS on Fortnite; up to 440 FPS on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive; and up to 221 FPS on PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds", wrote VentureBeat.

Meanwhile, the chips that will interest multimedia editors and DIYers who like to build bleeding-edge PCs include a total of seven new X-series parts, ranging from the Core i7-9800X to the whopper 18-core, 36-thread, $1,979 Core i9-9980XE. B&H Photo, for example, has the Core i9-9900K listed at $529.99, the Core i7-9700K at $399, and the Core i5-9600K at $279.99.

In the US, MSRP starts at $262 for the Core i5, $374 for the Core i7 and $488 for the Core i9. However, we should be seeing the 10nm-based Cannon Lake chips next year.

We will be updating this post with more details regarding the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors once we go through the in-depth information provided by Intel.

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Take a look at our take on Intel vs AMD processors. Intel is keeping the TDP of the Core i9-9900K at 95W.

Core i9-9820X: 10C/20T, 3.3/4.1GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $898 MSRP. There's also a 16MB cache and dual-channel DDR4 RAM support.

Those boost clocks are all single-score speeds. We don't know if this is a refresh of Skylake-X at the moment, but we are hoping to have that question answered soon. The W-3175X will begin shipping in December, with pricing to be announced closer to the time. The new CPUs are backward-compatible with the Z370 chipset as well, so you won't need to worry about being locked out of this upgrade if you have an older motherboard. All these new processors come with hardware fixes for the Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault issues. What do you guys think of Intel's 9th Gen series so far?

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