Intel claims Core i9 9900K is the "best gaming processor"

Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

An excited Intel held a livestream earlier this morning to formally introduce its initial 9th generation Core processors consisting of three SKUs: Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and Core i5-9600K. Again it has a base frequency of 3.6GHz but the default max turbo is 4.9GHz on a single core or 4.6GHz on all cores.

The supporting act today is the Core i5-9600K, with six cores but no Hyperthreading.

Obviously any Intel processor launch is major news, but this is a particularly big splash seeing as the Core i9-9900K represents the first mainstream Core i9 offering sporting 8-cores and 16-threads.

"The Intel Core i9-9900K is the best gaming processor in the world", the firm stated at its press event. As before, there will be Core i5, i7, and i9 variants of the 9th-generation K-series CPUs. The same 95W TDP is applied to the 9600K.

Alongside these new processors comes the launch of a new chipset from Intel, Z390.

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The lack of Hyper-Threading on the i7-9700K will provide quite the interesting performance comparison with the current flagship 6C/12T i7-8700K.

All of the processors support dual-channel DDR4-2666 memory and features an Intel GT2 integrated GPU. Intel has also said that the all-core frequency for the i9-9900K is 400 MHz faster than the i7-8700K.

The i7-9700K will feature eight cores without hyperthreading, giving it 3.6 GHz at base and a turbo boost of 4.9 GHz on a single core.

We don't see the new chips listed on Amazon or Newegg just yet, but preorders open today, with availability starting on October 19.

While the nearly $500 price tag is substantially higher than AMD's $330 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X, Intel's advantage in single-threaded performance combined with matched core counts should provide for quite the interesting comparison.

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