Intel Core i9-9900K Preview 2.0 – World’s Best Gaming CPU?

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The Intel Core i9-9900K Up Close, Performance, Price + Availability


The Intel Core i9-9900K Up Close!

The Intel Core i9-9900K (US | UK) has eight cores that can handle up to 16 simultaneous threads. It has a 4 MB L2 cache and a large 16 MB L3 cache; and supports DDR4-2666 memory.

This new processor has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz, with a Turbo Boost speed of up to 5.0 GHz.. It is an enthusiast-grade desktop processor, which means it is multiplier-unlocked for easier overclocking.

  • Intel Core i9-9900K processor box front
  • Intel Core i9-9900K processor box back
  • Intel Core i9-9900K processor front
  • Intel Core i9-9900K processor back

The Intel Core i9-9900K (US | UK) still uses the LGA 1151 socket, but is only compatible with the Intel 300-series chipsets. The new Intel Z390 chipset was released together with it, offering native USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, support for SDXC, and integrated 802.11ac connectivity.


Intel Core i9-9900K Performance

We did not have any time to test the Intel Core i9-9900K (US | UK) but Intel shared with us some performance numbers, running on the GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO WiFi motherboard, and using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card :

CPU Benchmarks
POV-Ray Single-Threaded 612 PPS
POV-Ray Multiple-Threaded 5,554 PPS
WebXPRT 3 Score 284
Graphics Benchmarks
3DMark FireStrike – Overall 24,142
3DMark FireStrike – Graphics 28,177
3DMark FireStrike – Physics 24,854
3DMark FireStrike – Combined 11,405


9th Generation Intel Core Processor Price + Availability

The 9th Generation Intel Core processors are available with immediate effect at these recommended consumer prices :

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  • Intel Core i9-9900K : US$ 488
  • Intel Core i7-9700K : US$ 374
  • Intel Core i5-9600K : US$ 262

Here are some direct purchase links, with prices accurate as of 23 October 2018.

  • Intel Core i9-9900K : US$ 579.99 (US) | £920.13 (UK)
  • Intel Core i7-9700K : US$ 409.99 (US ) | £510.54 (UK)
  • Intel Core i5-9600K : US$ 279.99 (US) | £527.09 (UK)


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