Intel claims Core i9 9900K is the "best gaming processor"

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While the 8th generation Core flagship, the Core i7-8700K (and the anniversary Core i7-8086K), stuck to six-cores and twelve threads, Intel has now upped the core game, pushing its flagship Core i9-9900K to eight-cores with a total of sixteen threads. Leading the new group of products is the Intel Core i9-9900K and yes, it will indeed come with that multi-sided translucent packaging. Hyperthreading allows for two threads to run off of a single core, allowing for up to a 20% boost in performance depending on the workload, and now, the feature is exclusive to the Core i9. It includes 8 cores and 16 threads, and it's the only one of the three with hyperthreading. The big news here is that Intel has made the jump to eight cores in a mainstream chip for the first time. While both processors have eight physical cores, only the i9-9900K will feature Hyper-threading allowing for a 16-thread configuration. The i5-9600K, has six cores, six threads with a base 3.7 GHz speed which can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz.

"The Intel Core i9-9900K is the best gaming processor in the world", the firm stated at its press event. Core i9 costs $488 and i5-9600K will be available at $262. We don't know if this is a refresh of Skylake-X at the moment, but we are hoping to have that question answered soon. There's also a new Xeon chip, the Xeon W-3175X, for use in workstation PCs to support highly specialized hardware and software such as ECC memory.

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These new chips will be the first to have hardware fixed for the Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault problems, while the remaining issues are solved through software. The new CPUs are backward-compatible with the Z370 chipset as well, so you won't need to worry about being locked out of this upgrade if you have an older motherboard. Intel's 9th Gen Core-X series and K-series also finally switch from TIM to Solder, which should help with thermals quite a bit.

Anandtech doesn't believe there are any new security fixes coming in these new desktop chips, implying they'll lack the security fixes that debuted with Whiskey Lake.

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