Motherboard manufacturers are rolling out BIOS updates to harbor Intel’s forthcoming 9th generation processors based on yet another Coffee Lake refresh. Gigabyte has listed the upcoming processors with the new R0 stepping which will have bug fixes along with new features and improvements, resulting in better overall performance.
The Intel 9th Gen CPUs feature the same base clock speeds, cache memory, and the dated 14nm++ process. As of now, it’s still uncertain exactly what benefits the new stepping will bring to the table.
- The current i9-9900K and the i9-9900KF will transition to R0. The upcoming i9-9900 and the i9-9900T will come with it out-of-the-box. There is, however, no mention of the i9-9900F.
- The i7-9700KF will be updated with the new stepping; however, the i7-9700K won’t. The to-be-released i7-9700F, i7-9700, and the i7-9700T will also come with the new stepping.
- The i5-9600K, i5-9600KF, i5-9400 and the i5-9400F will also make the transition to R0. The upcoming i9-9400T is also expected to ship with the new stepping.
More information regarding the upcoming Intel 9th Gen CPUs with R0 stepping should be available once Intel releases a Specification Update entailing the bug fixes and improvements. The new processors are rumored to be released in Q2 2019, says ASUS.