Intel has announced its next-generation lineup of desktop processors in its fall hardware event today. Intel is refreshing its 9th Generation Core CPU family for the mainstream market.


Intel also showcased its new Core i9-9900K, which it claims to be “the best gaming processor in the world. Period.” The i9-9900K is an eight-core, 16 thread processor with a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz which can be boosted up to 5.0 GHz.

Intel also announced new 9th Generation Core i5 and Core i7 variants. The i7-9700K has eight cores, eight threads and has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz which can be boosted to 4.9 GHz. The i5-9600K, has six cores, six threads with a base 3.7 GHz speed which can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz.

These new chips will be the first to have hardware fixed for the Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault problems, while the remaining issues are solved through software.

Intel will start taking preorders from today only, with shipping starting from October 19th. The Core i9-9900K is priced at $488, the i7-9700K will cost $373 while the i5-9600K has a price tag of $262. Pricing is quite reasonable as some reports had previously claimed.

Intel also announced a renewed lineup of the Core X-Series processors. The Basin Falls refresh is just more optimized versions of the last year’s CPUs and will include a total of seven new processors including the flagship 18-core Core i9-9980X with max turbo-boosted clock speeds of 4.5 GHz and costing about $1,979.

The full list of the new processors:

  • Core i9-9980XE (18 Core)
  • Core i9-9960X (16 Core)
  • Core i9-9940X (14 Core)
  • Core i9-9920X (12 Core)
  • Core i9-9900X (10 Core)
  • Core i9-9820X (10 Core)
  • Core i7-9800X (6 Core)

The core count of eighteen on the Core i9-9980XE is similar to what we saw on the Core i9-7980XE, but the newer card CPU will feature higher clock speeds and better power tuning. The Basin Falls Refresh is expected to launch around October-November.


For the ultra-premium niche and overclockers, Intel also announced the new 28 core, 56 thread unlocked Intel Xeon W-3175X processor. It has a base clock speed of 3.1 GHz with max boosted clock speed of up to 4.3 GHz. This new high-end chip is expected to ship later this year in December. No pricing details have been revealed for this chip yet but it’s obviously is not going to be cheap.

Several motherboards will also be available for the new Skylake-X flagship with support up to 192 GB of RAM (Six Channels). Some motherboards are designed to take advantage of dual power supply units and up to 32 VRMs which are essential to keep the Skylake-X flagship chips stable as they’re extremely power hungry.

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