UPDATE: I guess I shouldn't be surprised but it turns out Intel's newly-announced 9th Gen Core 'F' desktop CPUs are exactly the same price as the 9th processors already on the market, despite shipping without integrated graphics.
Intel's new Core i9-9900KF has exactly the same specs as the current Core i9-9900K, for example, except the 9900KF ships without the Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics the 9900K has. Same CPUs, one with more functionality than the other, both are priced at $488.
Working down the list, it's exactly the same story for the other five new 9th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs. The Core i7-9700KF is the same price as the Core i7-9700K, the Core i5-9600KF is the same price as the Core i5-9600K, and so on.
Sadly these new CPUs are just cost-cutting/saving measures from Intel, rather than any legitimate benefit that could be passed onto consumers. We absolutely expected a product that features reduced specs to carry a reduced price, but Intel doesn't look as if it's followed through on its end of the bargain.
Original Story: 17-Jan-2019 - Intel Announces Range of 6 New 9th Gen Desktop CPUs at CES 2019
Intel used its CES 2019 keynote to deliver the announced of a range of new 9th Generation Intel Core processors. The Coffee Lake refresh CPUs are once again on the 14nm process and covers models from the Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 processor families.
A grand total of six new 9th Gen Intel CPUs have been announced, joining the already available Intel Core i5-9600K, Intel Core i7-9700K and Intel Core i9-9900K. Intel has said all of these new CPUs should be on store shelves by the end of January.
Each of the new CPUs aside from the i5-9500 delivers a mix of overclockable processors and CPUs without any integrated graphics. Those carrying the 'K' suffix are overclockable, those with the 'F' suffix don't have integrated graphics, while those with 'KF' are both overclockable and don't have integrated graphics.
A lot of the new CPUs are very similar to what's gone before. The Intel Core i9-9900KF is almost identical to the current Intel Core i9-9900K, for example, aside from the onboard graphics have been disabled. Likewise, the Core i7-9700KF is functionally the same specs as the current Core i7-9700K. Intel hasn't given any reasoning for this but the very marginally higher clock speeds suggest this helps to increase the yields and therefore the potential for higher binned parts.
Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock TDP Price i9-9900KF 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz 95 W $488 i7-9700KF 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 95 W $374 i5-9600KF 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 95 W $262 i5-9400 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz 65 W $182 i5-9400F 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz 65 W $182 i3-9350KF 4 / 4 4.0 GHz 4.6 GHz 91 W $173
In terms of performance, as Coffee Lake refreshes these are often like-for-like replacements to the previous 8th Gen Coffee Lake chips. They're all based around what is essentially the same CPU architecture so don't expect to be blown away by the changes, this just an opportunity to get something new on store shelves as we kick off 2019.
A lot of the pricing has yet to be finalised for Intel's new 9th Gen parts but we'll update you just as soon as we know.