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Intel Core i7-9700K hands on review

Intel Core i7-9700K hands on review

"It's the best gaming processor in the world, period", said Anand Srivatsa, Intel's vice president and general manager in the Client Computing Group. There's nothing incredibly groundbreaking about the way Intel fabricates these chips, since they're based on a similar 14-nanometer production process used in the past few CPU generations.

At the lower end, we have the i5-9600K, replacing the current i5-8600K. The i9-9900K runs at 3.6 GHz, but it can be speed-boosted to a full 5 GHz.

Stepping down the ladder, we find the Core i7-9700K. 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.

Intel has dropped hyper-threading on its lower-end, budget processor before, but this is a high-end processor meant for gamers and creatives. While both processors have eight physical cores, only the i9-9900K will feature Hyper-threading allowing for a 16-thread configuration. This is quite a different configuration to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K with 6C/12T but the same base Coffee Lake architecture. The Core i5 versions are six-core designs while the i7 and i9 jump to eight cores.




Addressing one of the most common complaints from enthusiasts about recent Intel processors, the 9th generation series of processors will come with what Intel is referring to as "Solder Thermal Interface Material" (STIM). Intel has even gone as far to claim its new processors will run TK% cooler than its previous 8th Generation chips. There's also a 16MB cache and dual-channel DDR4 RAM support. What do you guys make of Intel's new 9th Gen series?

These processors are a direct competitor to AMD's Ryzen 7 line released earlier this year.

We will be updating this post with more details regarding the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors once we go through the in-depth information provided by Intel.


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