Intel unveils 9th generation CPU, calls it "best gaming processor"

Intel unveils 9th generation CPU, calls it

Alongside, they also launched new 9th Gen Core i7 and Core i5 processors, too.

The processor is based off Intel's 14nm process. "Intel said that the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor achieved up to 309 frames per second (FPS) on Rainbow Six: Siege; up to 224 FPS on Fortnite; up to 440 FPS on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive; and up to 221 FPS on PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds", wrote VentureBeat. They are however still on the 14nm architecture, so there is a real sense that the industry is holding its breath in anticipation of Intel launching their 10nm Cannon lake series at some point next year.

The i7-9700K will feature eight cores without hyperthreading, giving it 3.6 GHz at base and a turbo boost of 4.9 GHz on a single core. It has a base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost clock of 4.7GHz. And according to the results, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is noticeably faster than what Intel is claiming.

Pricing for the new unlocked K-series processors is $262 for the Core i5-9600K, $374 for the Core i7-9700K, and $488 for the Core i9-9900K.

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"The Intel Core i9-9900K is the best gaming processor in the world", the firm stated at its press event. Like their 8th generation predecessors, these CPUs will offer up to 40 PCI-E lanes. The 1-core CPU boost is 4.6GHz, 2-core at 4.5GHz, 4-core at 4.4GHz and 6-core at 4.3GHz. We don't know if this is a refresh of Skylake-X at the moment, but we are hoping to have that question answered soon. Here's everything you need to know. All these new processors come with hardware fixes for the Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault issues. 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.

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.

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.

Whether or not Intel's 9th-gen speedup matters to you depends on how recently you've upgraded your current PC.

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