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Wednesday , 21 October 2020

Intel Core i9 9900K – Intel’s Answer to RYZEN is here!

The 9900k is not all that was launched (or announced)

I know we made a big deal about the 9900k before but in reality, a lot of parts were paper launched or announced at the Intel event. This included 3 total new SKUs for 9th Gen Coffee Lake S refresh which all have the soldered IHS.

9th Gen Intel® CoreTM Processors

Processor Number Base Clock Speed (GHz) Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Maximum Single Core Turbo Frequency (GHz) Cores / Threads TDP Intel® Smart Cache Unlocked Platform PCIE Lanes Memory Support Intel® Optane™ Memory Support RCP Pricing (USD 1K)
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K  3.6  5.0  8/16  95W  16MB  Yes  Up to 40  Two channels DDR4-2666  Yes  $488
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9700K  3.6  4.9  8/8  95W  12MB  Yes  Up to 40  Two channels DDR4-2666  Yes  $374
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-9600K  3.7  4.6  6/6  95W  9MB  Yes  Up to 40  Two channels DDR4-2666  Yes  $262

One takeaway from this is that i7 is no longer offering Hyperthreading which is weird to me as since inception the i7 has been an HT enabled part. also, the pricing has been a point of contention as this is listed at 488 for the 9900k but that’s for a qty of 1K units. This means that the retail price we listed previously is the “street price”: users can expect to pay. The other thing to consider is these prices may already be adjusted or may increase depending on how the existing US Tariff situation works out.

 

Intel® CoreTM X-series Processors

Processor Number Base Clock Speed (GHz) Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Frequency (GHz) Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency (GHz) Cores / Threads Intel® Smart Cache Platform PCIE 3.0 Lanes Unlocked TDP Memory Support Intel® Optane™ Memory Support RCP Pricing (USD 1K)
Intel® Core™ X-series i9-9980XE 3.0 4.4 4.5 18/36 24.75 MB Up to 68 Yes 165W Four channelsDDR4-2666 Yes $1,979
Intel® Core™ X-series i9-9960X 3.1 4.4 4.5 16/32 22 MB Up to 68 Yes 165W Four channelsDDR4-2666 Yes $1,684
Intel® Core™ X-series i9-9940X 3.3 4.4 4.5 14/28 19.25 MB Up to 68 Yes 165W Four channelsDDR4-2666 Yes $1,387
Intel® Core™ X-series i9-9920X 3.5 4.4 4.5 12/24 19.25 MB Up to 68 Yes 165W Four channelsDDR4-2666 Yes $1,189
Intel® Core™ X-series i9-9900X 3.5 4.4 4.5 10/20 19.25 MB Up to 68 Yes 165W Four channelsDDR4-2666 Yes $989
Intel® Core™ X-series i9-9820X 3.3 4.1 4.2 10/20 16.5 MB Up to 68 Yes 165W Four channelsDDR4-2666 Yes $898
Intel® Core™ X-series i7-9800X 3.8 4.4 4.5 8/16 16.5 MB Up to 68 Yes 165W Four channelsDDR4-2666 Yes $589

Next up is the HEDT parts which are still utilizing X299 from what we know but feature a soldered IHS as well which carries with it some clock speed bumps. These still only top at the 18 core mark.

 

Wheres the 28 core?

Well, Intel also showcased and demoed the fabled 28 core processor now named the Xeon W-5157X which fits on the previous “Purley platform” socket of LGA3647 which formerly only housed XEON scalable chips. Now Intel has basically done the unthinkable and given us an unlocked Xeon chip and the boards for them are massive. The VRM spreads across a board that can only be explained as EATX to its fullest extent, possibly even CEB.

Are we excited about this? you bet we are, just because I want to see how intel’s option truly stacks up and what it will take to cool them as these chips are said to boost up to 4.3GHz so I am very interested to see how exactly cooling is handled. Also as we know enthusiasts cooler options will need to be available I will be interested to see how the mounting is handled since LGA 3647 does not have a standard ILM but instead uses the cooler to hold the CPU into the socket. This does open a completely different can of worms though as removing the cooler pulls the chip from the monolithic socket and exposes a massive array of fragile pins, so I am interested if they will be rigging up an ILM solution for this as I can imagine a cooler lifting off the chip then dropping it back onto the socket pins. This is probably the closest to a thing of nightmares for me.

now let’s check out the 9900K we got from our friends at Intel so we could write this for you.

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4 comments

  1. So you need yet another mb with a new, re-cooked intel only chipset… MMmmmm NO. Ive for the first gen AMD and I can put in after a new bios the 2nd gen core/16 thread ryzen and then I can put in the 3rd gen die shrink and speed up ryzen. So pass. For what Intel are charging you can buy the ryzen, mb and memory. And did you see the power and thermals needed once you go past 4.0ghz! Well my amd is sweet at 4 and Im happy ~ intel can again go broke as they have learnt nothing!

    • You do not need a new motherboard. The Z370 or other 300 series chipset will work just fine with it… We would recommend a newer 390 based board for pushing the limits of the 9900K though.

  2. 1. why are reviewers running super pi on this multicore chip? 2. why are we still doing single core benchmarks on workstation “like” chips? 3. all the benchmarks software ran on this chip favor and are written for intel. 4. you did not even attempt to put a TR 10 core in the mix. 5. this chip is not a ground up chip. 6. some of the conclusions to the review, i agree with.

    • The review clearly states the feelings toward the “value proposition” of the 9900K as far as the benchmarks being Intel focused, this is a complete fallacy. These benchmarks are static vendor agnostic ways of interpreting IPC performance differences. There is no 10 core TR chip… and I see no point comparing a HEDT platform to a mainstream platform, that simply doesn’t make sense.

      Either way you look at it, the introduction of the 9900K has actually helped more than hurt AMD.

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