Intel 9th generation processors: What do we know yet

Intel 9th generation processors have been codenamed as ‘Ice Lake’

High-end computing will be redefined by October 2018

Its not even a year since the launch of 8th generation processors by Intel, where barely 30 percent of PCs are running on it, Intel is set to launch its next product series- ‘Intel 9th generation processors’ are set to be launched by Intel in the first week of October 2018 (1st October to be clear). New generations processors are really new, although some features have been retained from their previous counterparts. New processors have been codenamed as ‘Ice Lake’ and will feature more cores, a new and improved flagship, support for faster RAMs and much more.

So, here new doesn’t really mean that much new. I mean this processor series is still based on older 14 nm process. Intel’s 10nm process which was expected to launch this year as ‘Coffee Lake Refresh’ has been delayed and pushed to 2019 and may be named as ‘Canon Lake’, but for now its 14nm again! Now, what’s new in this new generation? A lot of things are new- which are officially announced, which are rumored, and some of them are leaks also.


From the leaks

What are the leaks? Well, there are lots of them. Leaks suggest that new generation CPUs will be based on the 14nm process. Leaked data show that there will be no i3 CPUs in 9th generation and this data suggests that Intel wants to discontinue their lower end processors to promote their middle range and flagship processor. Although we don’t guarantee the given data is true because some data also suggest that there will be 3 or 4 quad-core processors in Intel 9th generation i3 series.

According to leaks (by which suggest i3 CPUs), 9th generation at the lower end will have i3-9000/9000T/94000 processors. All these i3 processors will have 4 cores and 4 threads which may not support Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost technologies. But these will have 6 MB of cache memory which is really good (and gaming will be awesome). The 9000T variant will have a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 35 W whereas remaining others will be 65 W. Oh yeah! The most important thing, all these processors will have a base clock of 3.7 GHz.

Moving up to middle range (which are middle for name only but a beast for real) will have an i5 lineup. The i5 series will range from i5-9400T/9400/9500/9600/9600K having the same TDP as of i3s and one ‘unlocked’ (K) processor. All the are 6 core and 6 thread processors. All these processors will have a base frequency from 1.8 GHz to 3.7 GHz and will sport Turbo boost technology. Turbo Boost enabled speeds will range from 3.4 GHz to 4.6 GHz. Yes, the lineup also has one unlocked processor which is fastest of all and all of them will have 9 MB cache memory.

And now, High-end series, as leaks suggest and according to available data i7 series has one processor that too is unlocked. The i7-9700K is an 8 core and 8 thread processor of a base clock of 3.7 GHz and boost speed of 4.6 GHz. It will have 12 MB of cache memory and is expected to priced at 350 USD.

And finally, the flagship who is the most awaited processor of all is i9-9900K. This 8 core and 16 thread processor has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 5 GHz. Cache memory is 16 MB which is very high (and awesome). It is expected to be priced at 450 USD.

All these 9th generation processors will use a brand new Z390 chipsets but before you prepare to buy new motherboards let me tell you these will also support existing Z370 chipsets and all 300 series chipset based motherboards which is a good news as budget 300 series will also be supported and middle-class gamers will also be able to experience new CPUs. The processor socket will be LGA 1151.

Other details and a brief description are as follows:

Processor Name Process Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Cache TDP Price
Core i9-9900K 14 nm 8/16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz (1/2 core)

4.8 GHz (4 core)

4.7 GHz (6/8 core)

16 MB 95 W $ 450
Core i7-9700K 14 nm 8/8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz (1 core)

4.8 GHz (2 core)

4.7 GHz (4 core)

4.6 GHz (6 core)

12 MB 95 W $ 350
Core i5-9600K 14nm 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz (1 Core)
4.5 GHz (2 Core)
4.4 GHz (4 Core)
4.3 GHz (6 Core)
9 MB 95 W $ 250
Core i5-9600 14nm 6/6 3.1 GHz 4.5 GHz 9 MB 65 W TBD
Core i5-9500 14 nm 6/6 3 GHz 4.3 GHz 9 MB 65 W TBD
Core i5-9400 14 nm 6/6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz 9 MB 65 W TBD
Core i5-9400T 14 nm 6/6 1.8 GHz 3.4 GHz 9 MB 65 W TBD
Core i3-9100 14 nm 4/4 3.7 GHz N/A 6 MB 65 W TBD
Core i3-9000 14 nm 4/4 3.7 GHz N/A 6 MB 65 W TBD
Core i3-9000T 14 nm 4/4 3.2 GHz N/A 6 MB 35 W TBD


Some motherboard manufacturers have already released BIOS updates for Z370 motherboards which will include support for Ice Lake processors these include MSI. Although, as images suggest MSI has not clearly shown for which generation support the update include.


A Screenshot of BIOS Update

Image courtesy: Wccftech

For now, nothing can be said. Some say that there will be more processors in this series and cheaper chipsets will also be supported. But for now, that’s all we have got.



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