9th Generation Core Desktop Processor Details
The slide above is extremely telling. For starters, we get the i9-9900K with 8 cores and 16 threads clocking in at 3.6GHz with a boost up to 5.0GHz. Then we have the i7-9700K which is 8 cores and 8 threads with a 3.6GHz base and a 4.9GHz boost. Finally, we have the i5-9600K which comes in with 6 cores and 6 threads and has a base of 3.7GHz and a Turbo up to 4.6GHz.
It seems that Intel didn't want to cannibalize their i7-8700K and i7-8086K, so they opted to not give it hyperthreading. All CPUs have a 95W TDP, which was one of the most surprising parts of this slide. The cache numbers are interesting as well, as the 9900K and 9700K have the same core count but the 9900K has 4MB more cache. While prices have been kind of high online, we find that the MSRP of the 9900K is under $500 at $488. Now, here is the kicker, in the footnotes we find that these new CPUs have hardware patches for Meltdown V3 and L1 Terminal Fault.
We find that the 9th Gen core CPUs are based on the 14nm++ processor, feature a unified cache, as well as AVX2.
Here we see the comparison between the new CPUs and their 8th generation counterparts. According to Intel, there is a 10% increase in gaming performance.
Finally, Intel has dubbed the i9-9900K the "World's Best Gaming Processor", which is similar to Skylake's "Best CPU Ever" statement during Skylake launch. Skylake's basic microarchitecture has lasted 4 generations so far and is still selling like hot cakes, so maybe Intel can tell the future.
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