Intel also showcased its new Core i9-9900K, which it claims to be "the best gaming processor in the world". "The results are absolutely clear". The Core i5-9600K will cost $262, the Core i7-9700K is $373, and the Core i9-9900K is $488. The parts are built on Intel's 14nm++ process, continue to use the Skylake-X architecture, and will be compatible with the existing X299 platform and LGA 2066 socket.
Intel also learned from some of its earlier mistakes and has chose to use soldered thermal interface material (STIM) on these three 9th generation Core CPUs, which should provide increased thermal conductivity between the CPU and the IHS, provide better heat dissipation, and make the de-lidding unnecessary.
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The chips are again based on 14nm as Intel has pushed back the production of 10nm Cannon Lake Chips to 2019, now.
As previously rumored, the Core i9-9900K supports Hyper Threading while the Core i7-9700K does not. This marks the first time in the history of the Core CPU family that a Core i7 part will lack hyperthreading, but it is also the first ever 8-core option. These have up to 8 cores and 16 threads, clocked at up to 5.0 GHz.
All these new processors come with hardware fixes for the Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault issues. The base and boost speeds are 3.7GHz and 4.6GHz respectively, and the cache comes in at 9MB. Both the Z370 and the Z390 will support the new 9th generation CPUs (with a BIOS update for the Z370) and the updates are minor, as you get more native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports and integrated 802.11ac WiFi.
Indeed, even though the Core i9-9900K has the same 95W power draw and even a slightly lower base clock speed compared with the Core i7-8700K (3.6GHz vs. 3.7GHz), it manages to pack in eight cores and 16 threads, compared with six cores and 12 threads in the CPU it's replacing.