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Intel Core i9-9900K 9th Gen Coffee Lake Review

Intel Core i9-9900K 9th Gen Coffee Lake Review
Intel's very first consumer 8C/16T processor is the new king, the Core i9-9900K.
By: Steven Bassiri | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Oct 19, 2018 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Intel

Introduction

 

Intel's 8-core 16 thread CPU that would go into their consumer 300-series chipset was just a rumor over a year ago. Today we are here to not only say that the good rumors about the CPU are true, but that it basically redefines Intel's consumer desktop product line.

 

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After having run through all the benchmarks we can tell you that this CPU is not only a beast, it's an anomaly in a good way. It seems that changing the TIM and optimizing process not only helped Intel increase core count 33% over its 6-core offerings, but it also allowed Intel to increase turbo tables, supposedly in the same TDP. Let's take a look.

 

 

Specifications

 

The i9-9900K has 8-core and 16-threads with a maximum Turbo of 5GHz with a base frequency of 3.6GHz. The CPU has a 95W TDP and 16MB of SmartCache and has the same platform features as the 8th generation of Core processors, such as 16 PCI-E 3.0 lanes for PCI-E slots.

 

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Intel specifies a 130W cooling solution and a junction temperature of 100C, but Intel also added in a feature into the UEFI to allow for movement of TJmax by 15C to 115C. We also found a few turbo tables not confirmed by Intel, as Intel has refused to provide turbo tables. The tables say that all core turbo is 4.7GHz (very high), four core turbo at 4.8GHz, and two core turbo up to 5GHz. The CPU also uses solder between the CPU heat spread and the CPU die.

 

 

 

Pricing

 

The Core i9-9900K is priced at $499.99

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