Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Intel Core i7-9700K hands on review

Intel Core i7-9700K hands on review

The new Xeon W-3175X sports 28 cores and 56 threads with a base clock speed of 3.1GHz and a maximum clock speed of 4.3GHz. Next to last year's Intel Core i7-8700K, this new chip has two more cores but four fewer threads.

Intel has dropped hyper-threading on its lower-end, budget processor before, but this is a high-end processor meant for gamers and creatives. Intel has the same 95W TDP on the 9700K.

Today at Fall Desktop Launch Event, Intel unveiled the 9th-generation Core i9-9900K, i7-9700K and i5-9600K processors for desktops.

Amazon just started listing the 8-core Core i9 9900K. Comparatively, the Intel Core i7-8700K starts at a tick higher 3.7GHz base frequency but can't go almost as fast with its maximum 4.9GHz boost clock. Intel has also said that the all-core frequency for the i9-9900K is 400 MHz faster than the i7-8700K.

Despite the launch of a new chipset in the form of Z390, these new 9th generation chipsets will maintain compatibility with all previous 300-series Intel chipsets, such as Z370 through updates that will be made available by motherboard manufacturers. We also have up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes on tap, with Intel Optane memory and Optane SSD support a given, as well as Thunderbolt 3.

Users will be able to find the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X at a slightly lower $329 (£299, AU$469) price, and this CPU comes with a premium RGB CPU cooler bundled in too. Dropping Hyper-Threading could be a nod towards improving security on its processors related to Spectre and Meltdown, or it could have been an adjustment to improve product segmentation to create a larger gap between the Core i7 and Core i9 families.

The Core i9 part is expected to hit 5GHz out of the box and will use a new solder-based thermal interface material (TIM) between the dies and the heat spreader in order to boost cooling and hopefully overclocking performance, but as far as we know this is the only part of the new family to do so.

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