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posted by martyb on Tuesday October 09 2018, @07:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the what-about-meltdown-and-spectre? dept.

Intel Announces 9th Gen Core CPUs: Core i9-9900K (8-Core), i7-9700K, & i5-9600K

Among many of Intel's announcements today, a key one for a lot of users will be the launch of Intel's 9th Generation Core desktop processors, offering up to 8-cores on Intel's mainstream consumer platform. These processors are drop-in compatible with current Coffee Lake and Z370 platforms, but are accompanied by a new Z390 chipset and associated motherboards as well. The highlights from this launch is the 8-core Core i9 parts, which include a 5.0 GHz turbo Core i9-9900K, rated at a 95W TDP.

[...] Leading from the top of the stack is the Core i9-9900K, Intel's new flagship mainstream processor. This part is eight full cores with hyperthreading, with a base frequency of 3.6 GHz at 95W TDP, and a turbo up to 5.0 GHz on two cores. Memory support is up to dual channel DDR4-2666. The Core i9-9900K builds upon the Core i7-8086K from the 8th Generation product line by adding two more cores, and increasing that 5.0 GHz turbo from one core to two cores. The all-core turbo is 4.7 GHz, so it will be interesting to see what the power consumption is when the processor is fully loaded. The Core i9 family will have the full 2MB of L3 cache per core.

[...] Also featuring 8-cores is the Core i7-9700K, but without the hyperthreading. This part will have a base frequency of 3.6 GHz as well for a given 95W TDP, but can turbo up to 4.9 GHz only on a single core. The i7-9700K is meant to be the direct upgrade over the Core i7-8700K, and although both chips have the same underlying Coffee Lake microarchitecture, the 9700K has two more cores and slightly better turbo performance, but less L3 cache per core at only 1.5MB per.

Intel also announced refreshed 8 to 18 core high-end desktop CPUs, and a new 28-core Xeon aimed at extreme workstation users.

Related:
Intel Teases 28 Core Chip, AMD Announces Threadripper 2 With Up to 32 Cores
AMD Threadripper 2 Available Starting on August 13


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 12 2018, @10:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 12 2018, @10:48AM (#747847)

    The reason we have so few motherboard chipsets today is directly attributable to their handling of the Pentium launch in the early 90s and then finished with the PPro launch. Super Socket 7 was the community retaliation against that, but it only lasted until AMD bought the DEC assets and migrated to Alpha's EV6 bus and compatible chipsets, leaving those chipset manufacturers without technology they could license, design, and produce. As a result many chipset companies died out, the few that didn't find themselves with many technical glitches since they didn't have access to the same level of detail Intel/AMD had internally, and slowly the pool of companies producing them dwindled until only AMD, Intel, and Via remained, with some small showings by ALi/Nvidia(ULi?) before both gave up on their own chipset designs from the AM2/LGA775 era.

    Now chipsets and processors are innately tied together and replacement boards/cpus are single source, rather than multiple source like in the heyday of the 386 to k6-3 (Intel abandoning Socket 7 for Socket 8, Slot 1, and then Socket 370, despite all three using the same bus, which was incompatible with the Socket 7 bus, but intercompatible with adapters, like the PPro Overdrive chips, and Socket 370 to Slot 1 adapters prove.)