Intel has finally announced the complete lineup of its 9th generation aka “Coffee Lake Refresh” mobile Core processors with support up to 8 cores and USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps). Apart from the conventional naming scheme, new variants with ‘F’ suffix have iGPUs omitted from them. This move aims to improve thermals and give a better overall value. However, it is to note that the F and non-F CPUs have the same pricing.
The Core i9-9900 tops the list of announced CPUs with a base frequency of 3.6 GHz for the K and KF variants, and a price tag of $488 for the i9-9900K and KF counterparts. These CPUs have similar specs throughout except the base frequency of 3.1 GHz and 2.1 GHz for the lower TDP processors. The newly announced i9 family feature an L3 cache of 16MB and 8C/16T for all. The cheapest processors on the list – i9-9900/ i9-9900T will be sold for $439.
The i7 family of processors shows a similar trend in specifications with the highest end i7 9700K featuring 8C/8T and 12MB of L3 cache, 95W TDP and a price of $374.
The new i5 and i3 processors start from $262 and $173 respectively and feature 6C/6T throughout for the i5 versions and 4C/4T for i3 processors. It is worthwhile to note that all the i5 processors have same L3 cache of 9MB where as higher end i3 processors start from 8MB going down to 6MB for lower end i3 versions. The cheapest 9th gen i5 is the i5-9400F/i5-9400T which starts from $182.
All the 9th gen Pentium Gold and Celeron processors have iGPUs and 2 cores throughout. The G5620 is the highest sub $100 offering by Intel with a base clock of 4GHz, 4MB of L3 cache with TDP of 54W. The processor is priced at $86 and will compete against the Ryzen 3 counterparts.
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