It’s that time of year again folks, time for Intel to crank over the magical Skylake production machine once more with the announcement of their latest 9th Generation of Core processors targeting egotistical consumers in the mainstream market.
Intel’s fourth revision of the Skylake uArch will be tapped out on the forever lasting 14nm ++ process.
Intel’s new 9000 series processors are compatible with current 300 series platforms and will also support the new Z390 chipset. Other features include:
- Intel brings back Solder with “new” Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM)
- 40 Overall PCIe Lanes (16 CPU + 24 PCH)
- Thunderbolt 3 Support
- High Speed USB 3.1 Gen 2 Integration & Intel Wireless-AC
- Intel Optane memory and SSD support
Intel Core i9 9900K – 8 Cores 16 Threads
First up we have the i9 9900K which is Intel’s flagship for this generation, it is also Intel’s first 8 core 16 thread component and i9 processor on their mainstream platform.
The 9900K features 16MB of L3 cache and has a base clockspeed of 3.6GHz with a single core boost of 5.0GHz with a quad core speed at 4.8GHz with 6-8 being rated at 4.7GHz.
Impressive clocks across all cores for sure, Intel has rated this chip and the others we’re about to mention at a 95W TDP. This is Intel we’re talking about here so high temperatures wouldn’t be surprising, taking into account of power draw especially when overclocking.
The i9 9900K is priced at ~$488 USD but pre-orders currently are going for much higher than that at the moment, more like on the verge of $600 This is a rather extraordinary price tag considering this processor is skimmed down meant for the mainstream after all.
Intel Core i7 9700K – 8 Cores 8 Threads – Intel’s last ditch effort to combat Ryzen
Coming up next we have the i7 9700K, the more sensible of the bunch here and Intel’s hopeful solution to combat the Ryzen onslaught from AMD.
The 9700K features 8 cores but only 8 threads, my thought being that this “totally” doesn’t have anything to do with either TLBleed or L1TF (L1 Terminal Fault).
I’m sure this will pack quite a wallop with 12 MB of L3 cache, a base clock of 3.6GHz with a single core boost of 4.9 with all 6-8 cores running at 4.6GHz.
The 9700K is priced by Intel at $374 meanwhile current the price for pre-ordering exceeds this by quite a significant amount.
Intel Core i5 9600K – 6 Cores 6 Threads – Is This A Joke?
The cheapest of the lot and most pathetic. The Intel Core i5 9600K everybody!
With 6 cores and 6 threads, 9MB of L3 cache this excuse of a processor literally hasn’t changed anything if at all compared to the previous generation 8600K. Base clockspeeds come in at 3.7GHz with a max single core clock of 4.6GHz with an all core boost of 4.3GHz.
Pricing comes in $262 USD which is marginally lower compared to the 8600K. Aside from “STIM” and a slightly higher clockspeed this doesn’t incentivize anyone if at all to purchase this processor. What a disgrace.
Apart from the 9600K, the 9700K and 9900K seem like very compelling options offering better multithreaded performance while offering similar gaming performance compared with the last three generations.
However Intel just don’t quite understand how to combat Ryzen, by providing consumers with eight cores but at the same time pricing these well above their competitor.
It would make a whole lot more sense if the 9900K simply just never existed and instead granting the 9700K those extra threads. Intel don’t realize that the purpose isn’t to create budget SKUs to fill a hole but instead to lower your horrendous prices.
With recent reports of Intel unable to meet demand with 14nm these new chips aren’t going to help one bit. The die size of a Kaby Lake with eight cores isn’t going to be small, perhaps the pricing reflects on that considering how many of those lovely quad core processors Intel tapped out on 14nm ++ while their HEDT segment is still behind on an older fabrication.
While all this is laughable enough sadly we haven’t even started, meet Principled Technologies.
Rather than taking your own results and sliding them inside the slide desk with those exaggerated figures, Intel has decided to commission a third party technology marketing and testing service to compare results.
This turned out to be just another ploy to safe face, to be more credible and to make their “findings” even more trustworthy. But the incompetence of Principled Technologies came to light once people discovered just how bad they were stacking the cards against AMD in a clear attempt to manipulate.
Good thing from all of this is that Intel are able to hide while Principled Technologies takes the fall, of course it’s best not to blame the company commissioning such “research” right?
Well it certainly is a good thing Intel had this report commissioned and published a whole 10 days before the NDA lifts for reviewers to post their own results, not shady at all Intel.
The report by Principled Technologies focuses on comparing the 9900K with previous generation Coffee Lake processors alongside a Ryzen 2700X and two Ryzen Threadripper chips a couple of the “new” 9000-series Core-X processors can be seen in the results.
The comparison was across 19 different games at 1080p at High to Medium quality with a 1080Ti. Right from the start we already have the “perfect” benchmarking scenario but it doesn’t end here. In most cases showed upwards of a 50% advantage for the 9900K which started to generate some attention as these numbers did not seem genuine.
We already know Intel has the clockspeed advantage giving it the advantage in most gaming related cases from the start but upwards of 50% just doesn’t seem right, and it wasn’t.
Turns out all processors excluding the Ryzen 2700X were using the Noctua NH-U14S compared to the stock Wraith Prism found on the 2700X. Off to a great start already.
Not only that Principled Technologies were using Dual-Rank DDR4 modules and occupying all 4 DIMM Slots as Ryzen tends to take a hit once you occupy all available DIMM Slots, especially with Dual-Ranked DDR4 at that.
However this isn’t quite the end of it yet as the memory was loaded with its XMP profile on Intel based systems meanwhile for the AMD systems the clockspeed was set to a slightly higher 2933MHz and was left completely to the system to loosen those timings on its own in order for stability.
Ryzen thrives upon higher memory clocks and tuned timings as components like Infinity Fabric are tied to it.
So is this report pure ignorance or is Principled Technologies being malicious?
It was later found out that the Ryzen 2700X results were conducted with “Game Mode” enabled in the Ryzen Master software which essentially disabled a whole CCX module turning the once eight core processor into a quad core. Being that the memory channel is still on the other CCX which is now disabled this now turns it into Single Channel.
I have no doubt in my mind that the results were published with malicious intentions in mind, nobody can be this ignorant or stupid. Especially a company supposedly relying upon technological testing and assessment.
Shame on you Principled Technologies and shame on you Intel for this slanderous and fraudulent commission.