Intel claims Core i9 9900K is the "best gaming processor"

Intel Core i9 X-Series

Next to last year's Intel Core i7-8700K, this new chip has two more cores but four fewer threads.

At the lower end, we have the i5-9600K, replacing the current i5-8600K. Comparatively, the Intel Core i7-8700K starts at a tick higher 3.7GHz base frequency but can't go almost as fast with its maximum 4.9GHz boost clock. "It's the best gaming processor in the world, period", said Anand Srivatsa, Intel's vice president and general manager in the Client Computing Group. B&H Photo, for example, has the Core i9-9900K listed at $529.99, the Core i7-9700K at $399, and the Core i5-9600K at $279.99. This is quite a different configuration to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K with 6C/12T but the same base Coffee Lake architecture. We've already taken a look at the specs for the new Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K.

Switching back to solder as the TIM for these CPUs should provide significantly improved thermal conductivity, resulting in additional overclocking headroom as well as cooler and quieter operation at stock frequencies without the need of delidding. There's also a 16MB cache and dual-channel DDR4 RAM support. Intel is launching a new chipset with these parts - Z390 - but has confirmed that all the news parts are fully compatible with existing 300-series chipsets via the LGA 1151 socket. With a price of $1,979, it has a base clock speed of 3GHz and a top boost speed of 4.5GHz, along with a 24.75MB Smart Cache and up to 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

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The processor is based off Intel's 14nm process.

While the nearly $500 price tag is substantially higher than AMD's $330 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X, Intel's advantage in single-threaded performance combined with matched core counts should provide for quite the interesting comparison. Intel says that the Core i9-9900K would cost you $488 and you can pre-order the new processors today.

We are now at a launch event for this processor, and will share further details if and when we can.

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