Monday January 07, 2019

Intel Introduces New 9th Gen Desktop Processors

At their CES news conference, Intel announced several new additions to their 9th Generation Core lineup. Most of the new processors are IGP-less variants of Coffee Lake silicon that are otherwise identical or similar to existing SKUs. The Core i9-9900KF, for example, features the same 3.60Ghz base frequency as the 9900k, and hits the same 5.00Ghz turbo clocks. IGPs aside, the i7-9700KF and i7-9600KF are similar to the existing 9700K and 9600K. While Intel's presentation on the processors wasn't particularly detailed, disabling the IGP in existing silicon will presumably allow Intel to get better yields, which (theoretically) translates to more stock and better prices. The "F" variants could also have slightly more overclocking headroom than their counterparts, but that remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Intel also launched some interesting lower-tier SKUs. Both the i5-9400 and i5-9400F feature 6 cores, 6 threads, a 2.9Ghz base frequency, and a max turbo speed of 4.10Ghz. The i3-9350KF features 4 cores and 4 threads that turbo up to 4.6ghz, along with an unlocked multiplier, which could make it a solid choice for budget PCs depending on how Intel prices it. Unfortunately, none of the new chips have recommended customer prices yet, and they aren't even correctly categorized in ARK at the time of this writing, which makes them difficult to find. Intel's press release on the new desktop processors is quoted below, including a rather ambiguous release date, and you can watch the announcement in the keynote replay if you missed it:

Today, Intel introduced new additions to the 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family that expand the options to meet a broad range of consumer needs from casual users to professionals to gamers and serious content creators. The first of the new 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors is expected to be available starting this month with more rolling out through the second quarter of this year.