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Intel's 8-core/16-thread mainstream CPU to be named i9-9900K

The new i9 /i7/i5 are most likely part of the Coffee Lake-S family. (Source: WCCFTech)
The new i9 /i7/i5 are most likely part of the Coffee Lake-S family. (Source: WCCFTech)
The new Z390 platform from Intel will bring support for the gen 9 mainstream CPUs that should go head to head with the Ryzen 2000 series. While the Z390 does not bring significant improvements, the i9-9900K is expected to deliver decent performance gains over the i7-8700K, also positioning itself as the direct competitor to AMD's Ryzen 7 2700 CPU.

Intel finally made the official announcement for the Z390 platform, also mentioning the names of the gen 9 mainstream Core CPUs that will be launched in September. Most of the platform features have already been leaked, but there are still a few specs the leaks missed.

The Z390 has most of the Z370 specs, however, it adds a few native features that necessitated third-party controllers, which in turn would raise the price for the motherboards. These specs include:
•    Intel’s new Wi-Fi AC + Bluetooth 5.0 controllers
•    Intel’s Wireless-AC adapter
•    Support for up to 6 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports

As far as the new gen 9 CPUs are concerned, Intel is now integrating the i9 brand with the mainstream solutions. The i9-9900K with 8 cores and 16 threads will represent the top of the line, while the i7-9700K will be the best mid-range solution, with the i5-9600K covering the entry-level. The i7 and i5 CPUs get only 6 cores and 12 threads, but Intel did not mention anything about i3 CPUs. These would most likely be launched later on as budget 4-core solutions. Unfortunately, Intel did not provide any frequency, cache memory and TDP info for the time being, but specs for the 8-core CPU have been circulating around the Net for some time now.

As it stands, Intel has no 8-core mainstream processor to compete with AMD’s Ryzen chips, so the i9-9900K should help the company reassert its position and regain some market shares.

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-06-28 (Update: 2018-06-29)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.