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Intel launches 9th gen Core, Core-X and Xeon-W CPU lineups

Intel introduces a new package for the mainstream gen 9 CPUs, just like AMD has new packs for the Threadripper series. (Source: Intel)
Intel introduces a new package for the mainstream gen 9 CPUs, just like AMD has new packs for the Threadripper series. (Source: Intel)
The new mainstream Core and Core-X HEDT processors represent Intel's retaliation against AMD's Ryzen 2000-series and Threadripper 2000 HEDT lineups. Looking at the MSRPs, it seems like Intel does not want to outprice AMD, while the core configuration suggests lower overall performance, at least for the HEDT models.
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Intel has officially launched the 9th gen Core CPUs along with a refreshed HEDT lineup and an updated server-grade Xeon series. Information about the new mainstream CPUs has been around for a few months now, but the HEDT refresh and Xeon reveals are somewhat surprising. The 28-core CPU showcased this summer was expected to be part of the HEDT refresh, but it turns out that it is a server-based Xeon model.

Here is a list with the 9th gen mainstream CPUs and their prices (as per Newegg):
•    Core i9-9900K: 8 cores / 16 threads, 3.6 GHz base clock, 5.0 GHz boost clock for 1-2 cores / 4.7 GHz for 8 cores, 16 MB cache, 95 W TDP – US$580
•    Core i7-9700K: 8 core / 8 threads, 3.6 GHz base clock, 4.9 GHz boost clock for 1 core / 4.6 GHz boost for 8 cores, 12 MB cache, 95 W TDP – US$420
•    Core i5-9600K: 6 cores / 6 threads, 3.7 GHz base clock, 4.6 GHz boost clock for 1 core / 4.3 GHz boost for 6 cores, 9 MB cache, 95 W TDP – US$280

These three models will start shipping on October 19 and feature the Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM) for increased thermal conductivity and better heat dissipation at overclocked frequencies. Intel claims that the new CPUs are up to 10-11% faster in games and mega-tasking loads, plus around 34% faster in video editing programs over previous gen.

According to Intel’s internal slides, there will also be seven non-K models with up to 65 W TDP, but Intel did not provide any official info for them. Here are the specs for each of these:
•    Core i5-9600: 6 cores / 6 threads, 3.1 GHz base clock, 4.5 GHz boost, 9 MB cache,       65 W TDP
•    Core i5-9500: 6 cores / 6 threads, 3.0 GHz base clock, 4.3 GHz boost, 9 MB cache,       65 W TDP
•    Core i5-9400: 6 cores / 6 threads, 2.9 GHz base clock, 4.1 GHz boost, 9 MB cache,       65 W TDP
•    Core i5-9400T: 6 cores / 6 threads, 1.8 GHz base clock, 3.4 GHz boost, 9 MB cache,     35 W TDP
•    Core i3-9100: 4 cores / 4 threads, 3.7 GHz base clock, 6 MB cache, 65 W TDP
•    Core i3-9000: 4 cores / 4 threads, 3.7 GHz base clock, 6 MB cache, 65 W TDP
•    Core i3-9000T: 4 cores / 4 threads, 3.2 GHz base clock, 6 MB cache, 35 W TDP

As far as the refreshed X-series HEDT CPUs are concerned, Intel did not add additional cores to match what AMD is offering with the Threadripper 2000-series. The flagship model still integrates 18 cores and 36 threads, and the only upgrades are the 68 PCIe lanes and the STIM material. Here are the specs and the pricing info (per 1K units, retail prices should be higher):
•    Core i9-9980XE: 18 cores / 36 threads, 3.0 GHz base clock, 4.5 GHz boost for 1 core, 24.75 MB cache, 165 W TDP – US$1,979
•    Core i9-9960X: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.1 GHz base clock, 4.5 GHz boost for 1 core, 22 MB cache, 165 W TDP – US$1,684
•    Core i9-9940X: 14 cores / 28 threads, 3.3 GHz base clock, 4.5 GHz boost for 1 core, 19.25 MB cache, 165 W TDP – US$1,387
•    Core i9-9920X: 12 cores / 24 threads, 3.5 GHz base clock, 4.5 GHz boost for 1 core, 19.25 cache, 165 W TDP – US$1,189
•    Core i9-9900X: 10 cores / 20 threads, 3.5 GHz base clock, 4.5 GHz boost for 1 core, 19.25 MB cache, 165 W TDP – US$989
•    Core i9-9820X: 10 cores / 20 threads, 3.3 GHz base clock, 4.2 GHz boost for 1 core, 16.5 MB cache, 165 W TDP – US$889
•    Core i9-9800X: 8 cores / 16 threads, 3.8 GHz base clock, 4.5 GHz boost for 1 core, 16.5 MB cache, 165 W TDP – US$589

Finally, regarding the server-grade Xeon chips, Intel only revealed one model – the W-3175X that comes with 28 cores and 56 threads, 3.1 GHz base clock, 4.3 GHz boost for 1 core, 38.5 MB cache, and 255 W TDP. No pricing info is available for the time being.

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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-10- 9 (Update: 2018-10- 9)