Core i9-9900KF 8-Core 3.6GHz News – Intel Announces Range of 6 New 9th Gen Desktop CPUs at CES 2019

Intel used its CES 2019 keynote to deliver the announced of a range of new 9th Generation Intel Core processors. The Coffee Lake refresh CPUs are once again on the 14nm process and covers models from the Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 processor families.

A grand total of six new 9th Gen Intel CPUs have been announced, joining the already available Intel Core i5-9600K, Intel Core i7-9700K and Intel Core i9-9900K. Intel has said all of these new CPUs should be on store shelves by the end of January.

Each of the new CPUs aside from the i5-9500 delivers a mix of overclockable processors and CPUs with any integrated graphics. Those carrying the ‘K’ suffix are overclockable, those with the ‘F’ suffix don’t have integrated graphics, while those with ‘KF’ are both overclockable and don’t have integrated graphics. 

A lot of the new CPUs are very similar to what’s gone before. The Intel Core i9-9900KF is almost identical to the current Intel Core i9-9900K, for example, aside from the onboard graphics have been disabled. Likewise, the Core i7-9700KF is functionally the same specs as the current Core i7-9700K. Intel hasn’t given any reasoning for this but the very marginally higher clock speeds suggest this helps to increase the yields and therefore the potential for higher binned parts.

  Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock TDP Price i9-9900KF 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz 95 W   i7-9700KF 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 95 W   i5-9600KF 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 95 W   i5-9400 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz 65 W   i5-9400F 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz 65 W $182 i3-9350KF 4 / 4 4.0 GHz 4.6 GHz 91 W  

In terms of performance, as Coffee Lake refreshes these are often like-for-like replacements to the previous 8th Gen Coffee Lake chips. They’re all based around what is essentially the same CPU architecture so don’t expect to be blown away by the changes, this just an opportunity to get something new on store shelves as we kick off 2019.

A lot of the pricing has yet to be finalised for Intel’s new 9th Gen parts but we’ll update you just as soon as we know.


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