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Intel Announces Many New CPUs for Desktop Gaming and Content Creation


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At long last, Intel has announced its newest generation of processors, stretching from the mainstream Core CPUs, through the X-series, and up to Xeon. For the Core series, we have the i5 9600K, i7-9700K, and i9-9900K processors. The 9600K has a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a single-core boost of 4.6 GHz for its 6 cores and 6 threads and will cost around $262. The 9700K is an 8-core/8-thread CPU, which means it does not sport Hyperthreading, but it does have a base clock of 3.6 GHz and can boost up to 4.9 GHz on a single core. The 9700K will cost around $374 while the 9900K at the top of the series will be approximately $488. The 9900K does feature Hyperthreading, making it an 8-core/16-thread CPU with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a single-core boost of 5.0 GHz. All three are unlocked for overclocking. Also announced was the Z390 chipset that will pair these CPUs with integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Intel Wireless AC. Pre-orders for these processors and Z390-based motherboards should be up today from various vendors and retailers.

Acer also announced refreshes of the Predator Orion 5000 and 9000 gaming desktops to incorporate the new 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs. Both will offer up to the i9 9900K though the Orion 5000 can come with up to a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 while the Orion 9000 can have up to an RTX 2080 Ti.

If you need more power than the Core i5, i7, or i9 above offer, Intel also announced seven new Core X-Series processors that go as high as 18 cores with the i9 9980XE. This high end CPU has a base clock of 3.0 GHz and can boost to 4.5 GHz using Turbo Boost 3.0 and will cost around $1979. At $1684 is the 9960X with 16-cores/32-threads and a base of 3.1 GHz but the same boost as its bigger brother. The 9940X will be $1387 for 14-cores/28-threads with a base of 3.3 GHz. Both the 9920X and 9900X have a base clock of 3.5 GHz and boost of 4.5 GHz, though the 9920 has 12-cores/24-threads for $1189 while the 9900X offers 10-cores/20-threads for $989. The 9820X also offers 10-cores/20-threads but has lower base and boost clocks at 3.3 GHz and 4.2 GHz. It also has less Intel Smart Cache available with only 16.5 MB compared to the 9900X having 19.25. The 9820X will cost around $898. At the bottom of the new X-Series stack is the i7-9800X with 8-cores/16-threads, a base clock of 3.8 GHz, a boost of 4.5 GHz, and a price of around $589. These processors will be available in November

If even the Core X-Series is not enough for you, Intel announced the Xeon W-3175X processor. This Xeon CPU has 28-cores/56-threads and a single-core boost of up to 4.3 GHz, but the part is also unlocked if you want to push it farther (and have the cooling to do so). The Xeon W-3175X will be shipping in December.

Source: Intel and Press Release (Acer)


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