Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors

Posted on October 8, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 10 Comments

Intel today announced its first 9th-generation Core processors, and as you might expect, they are high-end parts aimed squarely at gamers.

“The Intel Core i9-9900K is the best gaming processor in the world,” the firm stated at its press event. “Period.”

Intel launched its first 8th-generation Core processors last year with U-series mobile chips that were really just 7th-generation parts with the double the normal number of cores. But it followed that up with desktop chips in October that bumped the core count to 6.

This time around, Intel is starting with overclockable, high-end K-series parts aimed at the desktop PC market, especially gaming PCs. As before, there will be Core i5, i7, and i9 variants of the 9th-generation K-series CPUs. The Core i5 versions are six-core designs while the i7 and i9 jump to eight cores. The i9-9900K runs at 3.6 GHz, but it can be speed-boosted to a full 5 GHz.

Also new: These chips are the first to include hardware fixes for some variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws.

You can preorder the new chips now and Intel will start delivering them on October 19. The Core i5-9600K will cost $262, the Core i7-9700K is $373, and the Core i9-9900K is $488.

Intel will also sell even more powerful Core X (for “extreme”) CPUs—which are really Skylake-era designs—with many more cores starting in November. For example, the Core i9-9980XE will offer 18 cores (and 36 threads) with a maximum turbo-boost speed of 4.5 GHz for about $1980. And new Xeon workstation parts—with up to 28 cores and 56 threads—will debut in December.

That said, expect shortages: Intel recently warned that supplies of PC chips, especially for the lucrative gaming market, could be “tight” through the end of the year.


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10 responses to “Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors”

  1. will

    Ok, so we had the 8th gen and are still getting new products with the 8th gen chips but what is included with the 9th gen? Is this just a refinement of the 8th gen chips? Will we be seeing 9th gen U series chips in 2019?

  2. kshsystems

    it is well known that intel has been struggling with their 10nm process. Qualcomm is doing 7nm, do we know who the semiconductor fab is for them?

    IS AMD doing 10 or 7nm CPU's?

  3. MikeGalos

    Fantastic. I've been waiting for a new generation change with hardware fixes for some of the Specter/Meltdown issues for a while now. Looks like new computer time in January.

  4. derylmccarty

    About darned about the 10nm? MSFT and Intel, here is the short-term goal: 2019 H2, SB3, i9, 5GHz, choice of KB/Base with an NVidia graphics card OR just an effing bigger high capacity, low weight battery, 13" (my 15" SB2 is just a bit more cumbersome than I had hoped), USB C (TB3) for all connections AND a Surface Connect. MicroSD (up to 400), SSD choices as now - though I don't see a need for less than a 256, and, hummm, what about Qi - are there any advantages to that OPTION? (Then I would not need a Surface Connect, but lay the SB3 (et al) on a thin pad-like thing and charge while typing AND charge the mouse while mousing. and the separate Surface KB while typing my opus. And on the Qi Pad's corner charge your Andromeda 1 while the two computers Blue Tooth each other about pictures, movies and Office files.) (Truth in advertising, I have never watched a movie on a computer or phone. It's just too darned small and I need large print and large pictures at my age.)

  5. Geoff

    A new generation of Intel processor doesn't mean what you think it means anymore. It's just empty marketing speak.

    The 14 nm multicore generation started with Gen 5 (if I recall correctly), and that was about 5 years ago.

    Yes, they can put even more cores in there now, if you want that. But there isn't much else to get excited about, and most everyday PCs will have the 2 or 4 core version that they've always had.

    I predict that the next *genuine* Intel update will get a new name altogether. The 'gen (N+1)' thing has become tired and meaningless.

  6. rajwebanimax

    This is amazing information of 9th Gen shared in this post. This generation of processor will be great for gamer & this is the best as Intel stated.