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

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An excited Intel held a livestream earlier this morning to formally introduce its initial 9th generation Core processors consisting of three SKUs: Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and Core i5-9600K.

Intel 9 generation desktop processors will be headed by the i9-9900k which appears to have taken the top spot for the high-end consumer desktop offering. However, we should be seeing the 10nm-based Cannon Lake chips next year.

The new Core i7-9700K comes with eight cores paired with eight threads. For the ninth generation, the improvements essentially boil down to adding more cores while keeping the clock speeds and power consumption mostly the same as before. Similarly, video editing with Adobe Premiere is up to 34 percent and 97 percent faster respectively, as per Intel's own testing. It has a base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost clock of 4.7GHz.

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. In dual-mode we have 4.8GHz, while 4-core mode hits 4.7GHz and 6/8-core mode it'll reach 4.6GHz. This processor ships in a new dodecahedron-shaped box which Intel thinks buyers will want to show off.

The Z390 platform will continue to feature the same "up to 40" PCI Express lanes that we've seen for several generations, with 16 lanes being directly connected to the CPU, and the rest coming from the chipset which is still connected via a DMI 3.0 link.

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Core i9-9960X: 16C/32T, 3.1/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $1,684 MSRP.

A 28-core Xeon was also announced. The new CPUs are backward-compatible with the Z370 chipset as well, so you won't need to worry about being locked out of this upgrade if you have an older motherboard. 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.

Intel has announced new CPUs that it says have mitigated some of the Meltdown and Spectre design flaws that expose users to information leakage attacks.

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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