Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Intel Core i7-9700K hands on: setting the bar for high-end CPUs

Intel Core i7-9700K hands on: setting the bar for high-end CPUs

The Intel Core i7-9700K is also rated with a base clock of 3.6GHz and can boost one its processor cores all the way to 4.9GHz.

According to Intel's official information, the 9th generation K-series CPUs will be on retail/e-tail shelves on October 19th and reviews should be up around that date as well. 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. The company demonstrated a single PC with a Core i9-9900K running two games in separate virtual machines simultaneously, but gaming while encoding and streaming is a more likely usage scenario.

The top-end Core i9-9900K boasts 8C/16T with a base frequency of 3.6GHz and boost of 5.0GHz. Now, our attention turns to the 9th Gen processors themselves, with Leo acting as our man on the ground at Intel's launch event in NY today. For the ninth generation, the improvements essentially boil down to adding more cores while keeping the clock speeds and power consumption mostly the same as before.

The company might update to the new 10nm manufacturing process standard next year with its highly anticipated Cannon Lake chips.

As previously rumored, the Core i9-9900K supports Hyper Threading while the Core i7-9700K does not.

Core i9-9980XE: 18C/36T, 3.0/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $1,979 MSRP. These SKUs finally bring core-count parity with AMD's first and second generation 8-core Ryzen CPUs in the mainstream space. The 1-core CPU boost is 4.6GHz, 2-core at 4.5GHz, 4-core at 4.4GHz and 6-core at 4.3GHz. The Core i5-9600K has six cores, also without Hyper-Threading. Here's everything you need to know.

All of these new 9th Gen processors have hardware mitigation against Meltdown Variant 3, the security bug that we heard so much about back in January.

Intel will also sell even more powerful Core X (for "extreme") CPUs-which are really Skylake-era designs-with many more cores starting in November.

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

Whether or not Intel's 9th-gen speedup matters to you depends on how recently you've upgraded your current PC. Are any of you thinking about upgrading?

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