Sunday, October 8th 2017

Intel Officially Launches 9th Generation Processors Including the 8-Core / 16-Thread Core i9-9900K

Anand Srivatsa, Vice President of Intel, officially announced their all-new 9th generation of core processors in today's live stream. While the Coffee Lake refresh has certainly been no secret, a few facts were confirmed today. The Core i9-9900k will be Intel's first broad volume 5 GHz processor and is their first mainstream 8 core, 16 thread offering. In order to facilitate better overclocking results for enthusiasts, the company also confirmed that they will use solder TIM for the whole range of products, which should result in not only better overclocking potential but much lower thermals as well.
In a performance demonstration on stage, Intel showed a Core i9-9900K equipped system running two virtual machines with two games running, both streaming, at the same time. The demonstration showed not only that there was enough CPU performance to run multiple games, but it also had enough grunt left over to stream them both at the same time. While not a realistic workload by any means, it does demonstrate the multi-threading capabilities of the processor to some degree. While further data was not revealed, in Intel's own words, having tested 19 of today's games the Core i9-9900K came out on top of anything else, including AMD. This is not surprising considering the 5 GHz boost clock it ships with. However, reviews will be needed to confirm just how big a performance bump actually exists.

In regards to actual specifications, what we do know is the Core i9-9900K will be an 8-core, 16-thread processor with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 5.0 GHz. The Core i7-9700K which will likely be the sweet spot for most gamers features eight cores, eight threads, due to Hyper-Threading having been disabled. Clock speeds are similar with the base clock being the same as the Core i9-9900K and the boost clock topping out at 4.9 GHz.
Finally the Intel Core i5-9600K comes in with six cores, six threads with hyper threading also disabled. The base clock sees a small jump here to 3.7 GHz while the boost clock tops out at a far more modest 4.6 GHz. All three have the same 256 KB of L2 cache per core, however, the L3 cache sizes vary between them. The Core i9-9900K will have 16 MB of L3 available, while the Core i7-9700K drops to 12 MB and last and with the least comes the Core i5-9600K with just 9 MB. All three processors feature the same 95 W TDP and 16 PCIe lanes. When it comes to the Integrated Graphics, Intel has stuck with the same GT2 configuration as seen on their previous 8th generation processors.
While Z390 boards are launching as well, Intel's Coffee Lake refresh will be supported on the older Z370 chipset. Making the latest generation a drop in upgrade, however, a BIOS update will be necessary. Those interested in purchasing a 9th generation processor wont need to wait long, as Intel also stated that pre-orders are now available with the 9th generation core processor family being made available globally on October 19th.

Update Oct 8, 22:00 UTC:
Intel has released more information as to the performance uplift enthusiasts can expect from the Core i9-9900k. They have also specified a bit more information as to the latest platforms maximum supported PCIE lanes and pricing.
  • Enabling more than 220 FPS on three of the most popular global PC game titles. (up to; 309 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, 224 FPS in Fortnite, 440 FPS in CSGO and 221 FPS in PUBG.)
  • With Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivering up to 5.0 GHz single-core frequency, gamers can enjoy their favorite games with up to 10 percent more FPS across popular gaming titles compared with the previous generation, as well as up to 37 percent more FPS compared to a 3-year-old PC.
  • Capture game play, transcode and stream while playing. With this type of megatasking, gamers can enjoy up to 11 percent more FPS compared with the previous generation and up to 41 percent more FPS compared with a 3-year-old PC.
  • Video editing improved on Adobe Premiere- Up to 34 percent faster video editing compared with the previous generation and up to 97 percent faster compared with a 3-year-old PC.
  • Overall system performance improved up to 15 percent better as compared with previous generation and up to 40 percent as compared with a 3-year-old PC.
  • Overclock these new processors with the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU), a precision tool for advanced overclocking, and take advantage of the additional thermal headroom with solder thermal interface material (STIM).
Update Oct 9, 11:00 UTC:
We took a closer look at the performance results published by Intel (testing conducted by an external company), and noticed that many things don't add up regarding how the AMD test systems were set up, which in our opinion led to a significant performance disadvantage for the AMD rigs. More details here: https://www.techpowerup.com/248355/intels-9th-gen-core-gaming-benchmarks-flawed-and-misleading

Update Oct 19:
Our review of the Core i9-9900K is live now.
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114 Comments on Intel Officially Launches 9th Generation Processors Including the 8-Core / 16-Thread Core i9-9900K

#2
R-T-B
Soldered TIM across the lower end parts too? Interesting...
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#3
Rahmat Sofyan
as always .. new core new board

is it Z390 will support for i7 87K and below ?
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#4
Durvelle27
Man I wish these were priced a little better and when will reviews surface
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#5
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
The 9900K should give a nice fps boost compared to my venerable 2700K. Really looking forward to getting one, hopefully.

And finally a soldered IHS, like on Sandy Bridge.
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#6
the54thvoid
9900k is £600 in UK at OcUK.

2700X is £300.

I know Intel is better but it's not that much better.

$448 does not equal £600... Even with tax added.
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#9
ToxicTaZ
This news must be so embarrassing for AMD fans boys Intel having 8 cores 95w on old 14nm using 9 years old architecture. Then blows away brand new 2700X 12nm Zen+ architecture.

Back to the Developers I mean drawing board for new architecture Zen 2 next may 2019.

Then Icelake is coming lol
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#10
atomicus
LOL at the UK pricing.... seriously WTF?!?! 9900K @ £600, 9700K @ £500... why the hell would you buy one of these over 2700X??? Pure and utter foolishness.
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#11
27MaD
Rahmat Sofyan said:
as always .. new core new board

is it Z390 will support for i7 87K and below ?
Yeah it supports 8th gen CPU's .
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#13
Durvelle27
ToxicTaZ said:
This news must be so embarrassing for AMD fans boys Intel having 8 cores 95w on old 14nm using 9 years old architecture. Then blows away brand new 2700X 12nm Zen+ architecture.

Back to the Developers I mean drawing board for new architecture Zen 2 next may 2019.

Then Icelake is coming lol
No it must be embarrassing for Intel to have released a new product that barely beats AMDs current offerings while costing 2x more

It’s laughable honestly how little IPC gain intel has given over there last generations

But I guess whenever intel releases a new chip it has to be the next best thing :roll:
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#14
EatingDirt
TheOne said:
Those are some terrible prices on the i7 and i9, I remember when the lowest HEDT CPU started at around $400, it seems just like 2 years ago.

Also Newegg has them available for pre-order:

$280 - 9600K - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117959
$420 - 9700K - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117958
$580 - 9900K - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117957
A few months ago when these & 7nm were mentioned in the threadripper thread I predicted the 9900k would end up being around $550, so $580 seems about right for pre-order hype pricing. I'm not sure we'll see ever see it for the $488 the SKU table shows, but we'll see where the prices by the time the end of the month.

The i9's were never going to be good on value with intels monolithic dies, and we're seeing that in the pricing.
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#15
GoldenX
Only important thing of this is having a video unboxing that "box". The rest, specially at that price, is meh.
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#16
TheOne
EatingDirt said:
A few months ago when these & 7nm were mentioned in the threadripper thread I predicted the 9900k would end up being around $550, so $580 seems about right for pre-order hype pricing. I'm not sure we'll see ever see it for the $488 the SKU table shows, but we'll see where the prices by the time the end of the month.

The i9's were never going to be good on value with intels monolithic dies, and we're seeing that in the pricing.
Yea I figured the same, though I did hope the rumors about $450 were true.
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#17
Zyll Goliath
atomicus said:
LOL at the UK pricing.... seriously WTF?!?! 9900K @ £600, 9700K @ £500... why the hell would you buy one of these over 2700X??? Pure and utter foolishness.
Well there are always people who wants the FASTEST CPU for gaming and there are also those who will buy anything that comes from Intel no matter what......In my opinion only I9 9900K looks really compelling on this platform the rest of the CPU´s without HT are just MEH...and yeah the price is CRAZY 2
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#18
R0H1T
There's a few things happening right now, Intel can't meet the demand ~ though I have to question if the (demand) boom is more for desktop chips or servers? Then there's the retailers, some of them are using this news to overcharge for a "new" item, although it's hard to say what's their margins on these items after the volatility in global markets with trade wars & currency woes across the globe.

Basically things will get worse before they get better, over here the rupee is awfully close to an all time low of 75/$ & I'd imagine the rest of the world would be the same.
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#19
atomicus
Zyll Goliath said:
Well there are always people who wants the FASTEST CPU for gaming and there are also those who will buy anything that comes from Intel no matter what......In my opinion only I9 9900K looks really compelling on this platform the rest of the CPU´s without HT are just MEH...and yeah the price is CRAZY 2
Performance in and of itself isn't the problem... it's the price lol! Value is just appalling here. Intel and Nvidia just don't know when to stop... greed, greed and more greed!! Sickens me tbh.
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#20
TheGuruStud
ToxicTaZ said:
This news must be so embarrassing for AMD fans boys Intel having 8 cores 95w on old 14nm using 9 years old architecture. Then blows away brand new 2700X 12nm Zen+ architecture.

Back to the Developers I mean drawing board for new architecture Zen 2 next may 2019.

Then Icelake is coming lol
You mean 200 watt. There is no such thing as 8 core 95w tdp. That's made up marketing numbers if you locked it to 3.6 ghz like for cheap OEM MB/cooling.

Nice bait, loser. He needs a ban.
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#21
Bayfront Benny
OK I'm confused is it 16 pcie lanes or 40?
In the 3rd paragraph ("all three processors feature the same 95 W TDP and 16 PCIe lanes") but in the graph below it reads 40 for all of them.
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#22
trog100
Scan UK has the 9700K at £500 and 9900K at £600.. the 8700K is at £450.. this is all matching up with the over priced nvidia 20xx series.. high end hardware is seeing some hefty price increases.. ouch..

even though i like having the latest stuff i recon i will stick with what i have for a while.. he he

trog
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#23
Metroid
TheOne said:
Those are some terrible prices on the i7 and i9, I remember when the lowest HEDT CPU started at around $400, it seems just like 2 years ago.

Also Newegg has them available for pre-order:

$280 - 9600K - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117959
$420 - 9700K - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117958
$580 - 9900K - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117957
20% tax added if product is manufactured in china. Finally US people now know how to be screwed by their own government concerning import tax.
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#24
medi01
When 8700k costs 489 Euros, what do you expect 9700k to cost?

PS
And had there been any benchmarks of those, as I have missed them, if yes.

Metroid said:
20% tax added if product is manufactured in china.
No shit Watson:

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#25
M2B
2017 - Best Gaming CPU + Best Gaming GPU = 1050$~

2018 - Best Gaming CPU + Best Gaming GPU = 1800$

Nice.
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