Intel just held its Fall Desktop Launch Event in New York City this morning, where the chip maker unveiled its latest lineup of desktop processors for high-end PCs. Notably, Intel is saying that the brand new Core i9-9900K is "hands-down, the world's best processor for gaming". "The results are absolutely clear". Despite the nomenclature, these new CPUs are still built on a 14-nanometer manufacturing process, albeit optimized (14nm++), serving as sort of a stopgap until 10nm Cannon Lake chips arrive in volume at the end of next year.
Hardware Unboxed concluded that the Intel Core i9 9900K will be faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Intel Core i7 8700K, however the performance gap between them will not be as big as Intel claims in its official benchmarks.
Intel also learned from some of its earlier mistakes and has made a decision 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. But the new Xeon has 56 threads to go alongside its 28 cores, and therefore is geared up for multi-threaded workloads that content creators tend to use. Staying with the same 6C/6T configuration, the 9600K improves the base frequency by 100 MHz, while adding 300 MHz to the rated single-core Turbo Boost 2.0 clock speed. In addition, they also sport slightly higher boost clock speeds if you enable Turbo Boost 3.0, which will get them all up to 4.5GHz with the exception of the Core i9-9820X, which gets to 4.2GHz.More news: Lil Wayne to mark this birthday with a new album this week
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However, that doesn't mean that the Core i7 is a downgrade.
All of the new 9th Gen Core-X CPUs support up to 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes and quad-channel DDR4 at 2666MHz.
Also new: These chips are the first to include hardware fixes for some variants of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. AnandTech has a rundown of all the new Z390 motherboards if you need help selecting the ideal option for your new build.
That's because Intel's truly new chips have been significantly delayed.