Intel's New 9th-Gen Core Lineup Boasts 5GHz Clock Speeds

14nm should have been replaced by 2017 at the latest; the fact that Intel will still be shipping it in 2019 as a leading-edge node is likely responsible for the node's excellent performance.

Today, Intel announced the 9th generation of computer processors: the $529.99 Core i9-9900K, the $399.99 Core i7-9700K, and the $279.99 Core i5-9600K. "The results are absolutely clear".

The new chips might have the "9th generation" tagline, but in reality, Intel's marketing speak doesn't quite cut it; the chips are yet another refinement of the 14nm manufacturing process that Intel has been using for the last few years.

The new Core i9-9900K marks the very first time Intel has introduced an 8C/16T processor in the mainstream desktop market, with the CPU having a base clock of 3.6GHz and boost clock of 5GHz when in single/dual operation. And all the chips in question have soldered TIMs, including the Core i5-9600K, which should give overclockers a slightly larger chance at hitting frequency targets. Intel has the 4-core boost at 4.8GHz while 6/8-core CPU boost reaches 4.7GHz.

The Core i9-9900K is the flagship model from this lineup.

Despite the launch of a new chipset in the form of Z390, these new 9th generation chipsets will maintain compatibility with all previous 300-series Intel chipsets, such as Z370 through updates that will be made available by motherboard manufacturers.

Equipped with 8-cores and 8-threads, the Intel Core i7-9700K is a bit of an oddity compared to its predecessor.

The Intel Core i7-9700K sadly comes doesn't come in at the same $359 (£389, AU$524) price the Intel Core i7-8700K did. We also have up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes on tap, with Intel Optane memory and Optane SSD support a given, as well as Thunderbolt 3. The chip carries a massive TDP of 255W so you'll need some pretty serious cooling to match.

These new chips will be the first to have hardware fixed for the Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault problems, while the remaining issues are solved through software.

Anandtech doesn't believe there are any new security fixes coming in these new desktop chips, implying they'll lack the security fixes that debuted with Whiskey Lake.

  • Fernando Stephens