Intel has announced three new processors aimed at gamers and others who want the best in PC performance. And all the chips in question have soldered TIMs, including the Core i5-9600K, which should give overclockers a slightly larger chance at hitting frequency targets.
We don't see the new chips listed on Amazon or Newegg just yet, but preorders open today, with availability starting on October 19.
Intel also learned from some of its earlier mistakes and has chose to use soldered thermal interface material (STIM) on these three 9th generation Core CPUs, which should provide increased thermal conductivity between the CPU and the IHS, provide better heat dissipation, and make the de-lidding unnecessary. Finally, the Core i5-9600K has six cores, clocked at 3.7GHz and up to 4.6GHz, with a 9MB cache and 95W TDP. They are however still on the 14nm architecture, so there is a real sense that the industry is holding its breath in anticipation of Intel launching their 10nm Cannon lake series at some point next year. Dropping Hyper-Threading could be a nod towards improving security on its processors related to Spectre and Meltdown, or it could have been an adjustment to improve product segmentation to create a larger gap between the Core i7 and Core i9 families.
Core i9-9980XE: 18C/36T, 3.0/4.4GHz base/boost, 165W TDP, $1,979 MSRP.
Equipped with 8-cores and 8-threads, the Intel Core i7-9700K is a bit of an oddity compared to its predecessor. The 1-core CPU boost is 4.6GHz, 2-core at 4.5GHz, 4-core at 4.4GHz and 6-core at 4.3GHz. We don't know if this is a refresh of Skylake-X at the moment, but we are hoping to have that question answered soon. The W-3175X will begin shipping in December, with pricing to be announced closer to the time. AnandTech has a rundown of all the new Z390 motherboards if you need help selecting the ideal option for your new build.
Anandtech doesn't believe there are any new security fixes coming in these new desktop chips, implying they'll lack the security fixes that debuted with Whiskey Lake. What do you guys think of Intel's 9th Gen series so far?