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

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

Dropping Hyper-Threading could be a nod towards improving security on its processors related to Spectre and Meltdown, or it could have been an adjustment to improve product segmentation to create a larger gap between the Core i7 and Core i9 families. All three of these processors will apparently work on all Z300-series motherboards, so those who bought into Z370 a year ago will be able to drop a new CPU in after a BIOS update. The Core i7-9700K is now an eight-core CPU, clocked at 3.6GHz and up to 4.9GHz (boost frequency) with a 12MB cache and 95W TDP.

To justify this ambitious claim, Intel did in-depth benchmarks with AMD's high-end processors, and the combination of eight cores with hyperthreading plus a maximum speed of 5 GHz when overclocked delivers significant performance gains. When it comes to video production, these new CPUs are up to 41% faster in Adobe Premiere compared to the previous generation. The Core i5-9600K sports six cores paired with six threads and has a base clock speed of 3.7GHz, which can be boosted up to 4.6GHz.

With clock speeds that range as high as 5GHz, Intel's new 9th generation core CPUs are poised to bring slightly better gaming performance and sometimes drastically better multimedia editing performance to cutting-edge desktop PCs. Like their 8th generation predecessors, these CPUs will offer up to 40 PCI-E lanes.

Core i9-9980XE: 18C/36T, 3.0/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $1,979 MSRP.

Under these two processors is the 6C/6T chip in the new Core i5-9600K, with 9MB of L3 cache and a higher base CPU clock of 3.7GHz. We also know that Gigabyte and ASUS will be building motherboards to support this new chip. Intel's 9th Gen Core-X series and K-series also finally switch from TIM to Solder, which should help with thermals quite a bit. And new Xeon workstation parts-with up to 28 cores and 56 threads-will debut in December.

KitGuru Says: We'll be talking more about Intel's new CPUs over the next few weeks, in addition to the slew of motherboards set to roll out.

For its latest 9th Generation chips Intel is going with a soldered integrated heat spreader (IHS) - which we haven't seen since Sandy Bridge - to support greater overclocking capabilities.

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