Intel Core Processors Family
Intel Core Processors Family

Intel’s 9th Generation processors are new next gen chips but with old gene. The information is revealed in the Intel’s Specification Update document of June 2018. The document shows the name and specifications of new processors. These are tabulated in Coffee Lake family so these are surely going to be same 14 nm processors. The document also shows that these are LGA1151 compatible processors. It seems that Intel is going to launch 10 nm processors in 2020 only.

Since Broadwell, Intel is stuck with 14 nm lithography. The company has been using the Skylake architecture till now. And as these 9th gen processors are basically Coffee Lake upgrades, these are same micro-architecture. So, many enthusiasts believe that we won’t be getting hardware level fix for Spectre and Meltdown in 2019 also. But the 9th Generation processors have higher possibility of supporting 300 series motherboards.

As always we will see slight improvements over the 8th Gen Coffee Lake counterparts. The company is going to launch the new processors soon. We believe that mobile processors may come early in October and desktop chips will only hit market on December. These are the new processors listed in the Intel documents with their specs.

Processors Specs
i9 9900K 8 Cores, 12 Cache, 3.6 GHz, 5 GHz Max, 16 Threads
i7 9700K 8 Cores, 12 Cache, 3.6 GHz, 4.9 GHz Max
i5 9600K 6 Cores, 9 M Cache, 3.7 GHz, 4.5 GHz Max
i5 9600 6 Cores, 9 M Cache, 3.1 GHz, 4.5 GHz Max
i5 9500 6 Cores, 9 M Cache, 3.0 GHz, 4.3 GHz Max
i5 9400 6 Cores, 9 M Cache, 2.9 GHz, 4.1 GHz Max
i5 9400T 6 Cores, 9 M Cache, 1.8 GHz, 3.4 GHz Max
i3 9100 4 Cores, 6 M Cache, 3.7 GHz
i3 9000 4 Cores, 6 M Cache, 3.7 GHz
i3 9000T 4 Cores, 6 M Cache, 3.2 GHz

These are some new processors that were surfaced on the Intel documents. It is sure that there will be performance upgrades. The base clocks are slightly higher than current processors. For example the new Core i5 9400 has slightly higher base and boost clock compared to i5 8400.

The document doesn’t show number of threads so we assume they are as same as the Coffee Lake. Looking at Intel’s trend, it is very unlikely that Core i3 and i5 will have Hyperthreading. We actually really want all other processors to have Hyperthreading. Extra threads makes a lot of difference for multi-threaded applications.

The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities can be fixed by software but they cause slight performance degrade. These small frequency boost may compensate a bit for that loss but we expect hardware level solid fix. Also we hope processor manufacturers to have soldered IHS. There are lots of places to do improvement and lets see where the competition takes us.


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