Details of the Intel Core i9-9900K leak — 8C/16T with 5 GHz boost clock

Details of the upcoming 8-core Intel 9000-series CPUs. (Source: Coolaler)
Details of the upcoming 8-core Intel 9000-series CPUs. (Source: Coolaler)
Details of new 8-core 16-thread Intel Coffee Lake CPUs have leaked online. The top-end Core i9-9900K can boost up to 5 GHz out of the box and has a TDP of 95W. The other SKUs in the lineup include the 8-core Core i7-9700K and the 6-core Core i5-9600K both without Hyperthreading.

Intel's plans to introduce an 8-core 16-thread mainstream processor by Q3 2018 is not exactly a secret. There have been numerous sightings of 8-core Intel parts on various benchmarking sites but for the first time, we are getting to know some more details about the purported Intel 9000-series family. Chinese site Coolaler lists details of three CPUs — the Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and the Core i5-9600K — in the 9th generation family. These CPUs will be Intel's mainstream 8-core offerings to take on the 2nd generation Ryzens particularly, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X.

  • The Core i9-9900K is the flagship chip with 8 cores and 16 threads via Hyperthreading. The Core i9-9900K sports a 95W TDP with a base clock of 3.6 GHz, boost clock of 5 GHz out of the box, and a 16 MB L3 cache. The 8 core maximum boost can go up to 4.7 GHz.
  • Next in line is the Core i7-9700K with 8 cores but no Hyperthreading support. The Core i7-9700K is also a 95W part that has a base clock of 3.6 GHz, turbo boost of 4.9 GHz, and a 12 MB L3 cache. The 8 core maximum boost can go up to 4.6 GHz.
  • Finally, we have the Core i5-9600K, which is a 6 core CPU without Hyperthreading. The 95W Core i5-9600K has a base clock of 3.7 GHz and can boost up to 4.6 GHz. It has 9 MB L3 cache and a 6 core maximum boost up to 4.3 GHz. 

This being a leak, the above details are to be a taken with a grain of salt. However, it does point out Intel's ambitions (or rather, desperation) to dethrone AMD Ryzen. The Core i9-9900K squarely aims at the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and has the potential to become the fastest 8-core CPU in the market with good multi-core performance. There is every chance that AMD could very well release the Ryzen 7 2800X in response to the Core i9-9900K.

Rumors point out the pricing of the Core i9-9900K to be around US$450 so the Ryzen 7 2700X definitely has a advantage in terms of value for money. What will be interesting to see is how the Core i7-9700K performs. It comes as a bit of a surprise that this CPU does not support Hyperthreading (assuming this information is true) but its expected retail price is around US$350, in line with the Ryzen 7 2700X. Intel generally has an advantage in single-threaded applications and gaming so whether the Core i7-9700K can manage to dent the Ryzen 7 2700X's sales in any manner is something to watch out for.


Guru3D via Coolaler (Chinese)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-07-24 (Update: 2018-07-24)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.