Intel Announces New 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900KOctober 9, 2018
Intel today announced the 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K, the world’s best gaming processor1, and said preorders for the new processor would begin today. The announcement was made as part of a series of new desktop processor introductions that will enable amazing performance and platform features to meet a range of consumer needs from gaming to content creation. New processors introduced today include the first 9th Gen Intel Core processors, new Intel Core X-series processors and the Intel® Xeon® W-3175X processor.
“Our goal is to deliver leadership performance across all computing segments and product lines,” said Anand Srivatsa, vice president and general manager, Desktop, Systems, and Channel, within the Client Computing Group at Intel. “Today’s announcements underscore our ability to do exactly that, including hands-down, the world’s best processor for gaming. Whether a gamer, a creator or an expert using the most advanced workstation applications possible, Intel and our partners are focused on delivering balanced platforms with real-world leadership performance and robust capabilities that exceed their needs.”
Let the Games Begin
The 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K is the world’s best processor for gaming1. It brings an exceptional level of performance to the desktop product line, signified by the first Intel Core i9 brand in the mainstream desktop segment. All three of the 9th Gen Intel Core processors unveiled today (i5-9600K, i7-9700K, and i9-9900K) enable fast, immersive experience for gamers, with up to 8 cores and 16 threads, up to 5.0 GHz single-core turbo frequency2, and 16 MB Intel Smart Cache.
9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver amazing performance, including unlocked3 “K” SKUs at each brand level and up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for system expandability for gaming, creating and overclocking3. Improvements in this generation include:
- Enabling more than 220 FPS on three of the most popular global PC game titles4.
- With Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivering up to 5.0 GHz single-core frequency, gamers can enjoy their favorite games with up to 10 percent5 more FPS across popular gaming titles compared to the previous generation, as well as up to 37 percent more FPS compared to a 3-year-old PC6.
- Capture gameplay, transcode and stream while playing. With this type of mega-tasking, gamers can enjoy up to 11 percent7 more FPS compared to the previous generation and up to 41 percent more FPS compared to a 3-year-old PC8.
- Video editing improved on Adobe Premiere* – Up to 34 percent9 faster video editing compared to the previous generation and up to 97 percent faster compared to a 3-year-old PC10.
- Overall system performance improved up to 15 percent better as compared to the previous generation and up to 40 percent as compared to a 3-year-old PC11.
- Overclock3 these new processors with the Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU), a precision tool for advanced overclocking, and take advantage of the additional thermal headroom with solder thermal interface material (STIM).
To realize the full potential of the new 9th Gen Intel Core processor, Intel is introducing the new Intel® Z390 chipset. The Intel Z390 chipset includes high speed integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 and integrated Intel® Wireless-AC with support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speed. The 9th Gen Intel Core processors are also compatible with all Intel® 300 Series chipset motherboards for more consumer options.
Preorders for the 9th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel Z390 chipset motherboards begin today from a variety of global vendors and retailers.
Ultimate PC Platform for Creators and Experts
Intel also announced seven (i7-9800X, i9-9820X, i9-9900X, i9-9920X, i9-9940X, i9-9960X, and i9-9980XE) new Intel Core X-series processors for Intel’s most scalable desktop platform with a variety of core counts and I/O capabilities, as well as details on the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor. Designed with high frequencies and platform features for both lightly threaded and heavily threaded workloads, these processors are designed to handle the most demanding tasks and applications. Both products are built on the Intel® Mesh Architecture, which increases memory and I/O bandwidth while decreasing latency – a critical need for the demanding workloads of creators and experts.
The new Intel Core X-series processors offer scalable options ranging from 8 to 18 cores with premium performance and platform technologies that help creators turn their imagination into reality. With up to 18 cores, 36 threads, 24.75 MB Intel Smart Cache, and up to 68 platform PCIe lanes, Intel Core X-series processor-based systems enable creators to quickly and simultaneously record, encode, edit, render and transcode.
With Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 delivering up to 4.5 GHz12 single-core frequency, the most critical workloads can be directed to the processor’s two fastest cores, optimizing for lightly threaded performance when necessary. This means customers do not have to make a tradeoff between choosing a processor for lightly threaded or heavily threaded workloads.
Intel Core X-series processors will also enable software developers to write applications that take advantage of Intel® AVX-512 instructions to accelerate compute performance for parallel workloads.
For the select, highly threaded and compute-intensive applications such as architectural and industrial design and professional content creation, Intel will deliver the unlocked3 Intel® Xeon® W-3175X processor. This new 28-core Intel Xeon processor was built with real-world performance in mind for these large, intensive workloads with up to 4.3 GHz15 single-core turbo frequency, 56 threads and unlocked for those who want to push performance even higher. This platform also provides 38.5 MB Intel Smart Cache, 6-channel DDR4 memory support with up to 512 GB at 2666 MHz, and ECC and standard RAS support.
The new Intel Core X-series processors will be available in November and the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor will ship from Intel in December.
To celebrate the launch of the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel is hosting the 9th Gen Intel Core i9 Processor Dreamstakes to give away nine unique, once-in-a-lifetime, VIP trips to world-class esports and gaming events, including Intel Extreme Masters, the Overwatch League*, ESL One* and the NBA2K* League. In addition, thousands of digital codes for some of the most popular games will be given away with this sweepstakes. Visit www.corei9.intel.com to view official rules and enter for a chance to win starting on Nov. 5, 2018.
1 As measured by in-game benchmark mode performance where available, or highest median frames per second (FPS) where benchmark mode is unavailable. PC Gaming Processors Compared: 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K, Intel® Core™ i9-9980XE Extreme Edition, and Intel® Core™ i9-9900X X-series; 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8700K and i7-8086K; and AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X, AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 2990WX, and AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 2950X. Prices of compared products may differ. Configurations: Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 TI, Memory: 4x16GB DDR4 (2666 or 2933 per highest speed of the corresponding processor), Storage: 1TB, OS: Windows* 10 RS4 Build 1803, Samsung 970 Pro SSD. Results: Intel® Core™ i9-9900K scored better on the majority of the 19 game titles tested. The Intel® Core™ i9-9900K scored the same as the Intel® Core™ i7-8700K and the Intel® Core™ i7-8086K on “Middle Earth: Shadow of War,” and scored less than the Intel® Core™ i9-9980XE Extreme Edition on “Rise of the Tomb Raider.” More detail on workloads, test methodology, and configurations available at [http://facts.pt/11u9e2].
Performance results are based on testing by Principled Technologies as of October 4, 2018, and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.
Intel will be marketing the Intel® Core™ i9-9900K with the tagline “Performance Unleashed” in certain jurisdictions, including PRC and Vietnam. Intel will be marketing the Intel® Core™ i9-9900K with the tagline “Intel’s Best Gaming Desktop Processor” in certain jurisdictions, including Argentina, Belarus, Belize, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. If you are media or an influencer from these countries, or otherwise communicating directly to residents in these countries (e.g., on local-language social media), please only refer to the tagline Intel will be using in that country in lieu of the claim on this slide/document.
2 Refers to the maximum single-core frequency that can be achieved with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
3 Warning: Altering PC clock or memory frequency and/or voltage may (i) reduce system stability and use life of the system, memory and processor; (ii) cause the processor and other system components to fail; (iii) cause reductions in system performance; (iv) cause additional heat or other damage; and (v) affect system data integrity. Intel assumes no responsibility that the memory, included if used with altered clock frequencies and/or voltages, will be fit for any particular purpose. Check with memory manufacturer for warranty and additional details.
4 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K processor achieved up to 309 FPS on Rainbow Six: Siege; up to 224 FPS on Fortnite; up to 440 FPS on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive; and up to 221 FPS on PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds. Performance results are based on testing by Principled Technologies as of October 4, 2018, and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.
5As measured by World of Tanks enCore Demo App, Hitman 2 FPS and Conqueror’s Blade FPS workloads comparing 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor vs. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8700K Processor
6 As measured by World of Tanks enCore Demo App, Hitman 2 FPS and Conqueror’s Blade FPS workloads comparing 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor vs. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700K Processor
7 As measured by Mega-tasking Scenario on Total War: WARHAMMER II comparing 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor vs. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8700K Processor
8 As measured by Mega-tasking Scenario on Total War: WARHAMMER II comparing 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor vs. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700K Processor
9 As measured by Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro Workload comparing Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor vs. Intel® Core™ i7-8700K Processor
10 As measured by Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro Workload comparing Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor vs. Intel® Core™ i7-6700K Processor
11 As Measured by SYSmark* 2014 SE Overall on 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K vs. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8700K and 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K vs. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700K
12 Refers to the maximum single-core frequency that can be achieved with Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0. Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 delivering up to 4.5 GHz single-core turbo frequency on i7-9800X, i9-9900X, i9-9920X, i9-9940X, i9-9960X, and i9-9980XE list. Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 delivers up to 4.2 GHz single-core turbo frequency on the Intel® Core™ X-series i9-9820X.
15 Refers to the maximum single-core frequency that can be achieved with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0