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Intel Dropping HyperThreading Support for Most 9th Gen CPUs, Focus on High Clock Speeds
By Neil Soutter on July 25th, 2018 at 04:34pm - original article from game-debate

We’re creeping ever closer to an official announcement of Intel’s upcoming 9th generation of CPUs, and yet more info has leaked out on the new range.

In a new leak, it’s emerged that Intel is planning to have three different ‘K’ series chips with its 9th-gen Coffee Lake-S family. They will be the Intel Core i5-9600K, the Intel Core i7-9700K, and the new flagship, the Intel Core i9-9900K. All three of these new Intel processors will be compatible with the Z390 chipset but will also be compatible with the current Z370 motherboards. It’s unclear whether any functionality will be lost for those using the current-gen chipset.

Where things get really interesting in this leak is that it appears as if Intel is largely abandoning multithreading support. Instead, it looks as if it’s gunning for higher clock speeds with HyperThreading disabled. Only a single CPU out of the 10 leaked so far that has HyperThreading support is the HEDT Intel Core i9-9900K.

We’ll begin with the mid-range Intel Core i5-9600K. This will be a hexa-core CPU with a base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost clock of 4.6GHz. However, it will be able to achieve 4,3GHz simultaneously across all six cores. It’ll have a 9MB cache, a 95W TDP, and a retail price in the region of $250.

A step up from this will be the Intel Core i7-9700K, which will be an 8-core monster with 8 threads. It features a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, a single-core boost clock of 4.9GHz, and an 8-core boost clock of 4.3GHz right out of the box. It has a 12MB cache, 95W TDP, and is rumoured to retail for $350.

Finally, there’s the king of the heap, the Intel Core i9-9900K. This is allegedly the only 9th Gen Intel CPU to utilise HyperThreading. It has 8 cores and 16 threads and it’s clocked at 3.6GHz base clock, 5.0GHz boost clock on a single core, or 4.7GHz boost clock across all eight cores. The Core i9-9900K has a 16MB cache, 95W TDP, and an estimated retail price of $450.

Intel 9th Gen Spec Leak

First and foremost, these are incredible clock speeds tight out of box. If true then these processors are going to pack a mighty punch, although it’s certainly curious to see Intel decide to shy away somewhat from the race for more threads.

What do you think of these potential new Intel 9th Gen CPUs? Could the impressive out-the-box boost clock speeds make these the strongest gaming processors yet? Let us know your thoughts below!