Here’s everything you need to know about Intel’s 9th-gen chips

Intel's 9th-gen chips could power your next rig. Here's what you need to know

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After many rumors, leaks, and anticipation, the first of Intel’s 9th-gen processors are now available for purchase.

The Intel Core i9-9900K processor is the star of the show for gamers, alongside some powerful, workstation-class options as well. Even so, Intel’s most recent generation of processors has only just begun. Here’s everything we know so far.

Price and release date

Currently, you can find the processors for more or less than at certain locations, depending on where you are buying. You can find the Intel Core i9-9900K at BestBuy for $530. The Core i7-9700K, on the other hand, comes in at $410, and the Core i5-9600K at $290.

As for the workstation-class Xeon Processors, Intel noted that it would start shipping in December. The Core X-Series, on the other hand, did pick up some suggested pricing starting at $590 and also goes all the way up to $1,980. The difference in pricing boils down to base clock speed, the amount of core and threads, and the Smart Cache amount.

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More on the desktop chips

Intel’s first 9th-gen Core desktop chips are built for gamers and desktop enthusiasts and the company is dubbing it as “the best gaming processor in the world.”  The Core i9-9900K is Intel’s first mainstream processor with a 5GHz Turbo Boost maximum, 8 cores, and 16 threads. It also features STIM technology, which helps dissipate heat and allow for more thermal headroom when gaming.

The cheaper Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K still present good options, coming with 8 cores and 8 threads, and 6 cores and 6 threads, respectively. Those come with a slightly lower base clock speeds of 3.6 GHz, and 3.7 GHz, turbo boost of 4.9 and 4.6 GHz, and cache of 12 MB and 9 MB.

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The specifications of the Core i9-9900K add up to results, with Intel claiming that gamers can expect up to 10-11 percent more performance and frames per second in popular PC games compared to the last generation. They also claimed that video editing in Adobe Premiere can go up 34 percent faster than the previous generation, though there was some recent controversy in testing up against the latest from AMD.

The processor is compatible with the new Intel Z390 chipset, and all Intel Series 300 chipsets. The new Intel X390 chipset includes high-speed integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 and integrated Intel Wireless-AC with support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speed. Also, keep in mind that Spectre protection is built-in for the K-Series chips, but not the X-Series.

Benchmarks and Performance

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[internal-link post_id="2219347"]In our testing[/internal-link] of the Intel Core i9-9900K with Asus’ new ROG Strix GL12CX desktop, we found that the results were recording breaking for Intel. Put up against the  Ryzen 7 1800X and AMD’s Threadripper 1920X and 1950X, the i9-9900K came up on top. And when compared to the last generation Core i7-8700K, the Core i9 matched single-core performance but saw a 25 percent increase in multi-core scoring.
Specifically, the Core i9 beat the Threadripper 1920X in multi-core scores by around 21 percent, with a 28 percent advantage in single core scoring. That was worse for the Ryzen 7, which fell 40 percent behind Intel.

Video encoding and gaming also impressed us on the Core i9 9900K. Our test system encoded a 4K video in Handbrake in just one minute and sixteen seconds— half the time of the AMD Threadripper 1920X. As for gaming, the Core i9-9990K outperformed the Threadripper 1920X by 40 percent in games like Civilization VI and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.

Mobile 9th-gen isn’t here

Intel hasn’t announced the mobile and laptop versions for convertibles or 2-in-1’s. The company recently launched a new line of 8th-gen mobile chips at IFA 2018 in August. There were two generations of mobile processors, the first came in August of 2017, and the most recent U series and Y series in August of 2018. That is an inherently confusing and vague timeline, so it’s hard to point out an exact release date for the mobile 9th-generation chips. Desktop makers are only now introducing these 9th gen desktop chips, so more leaks and rumors might surface around IFA 2019 in February, and maybe even Computex 2019 in July.

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