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

Intel has announced three new processors aimed at gamers and others who want the best in PC performance.

An excited Intel held a livestream earlier this morning to formally introduce its initial 9th generation Core processors consisting of three SKUs: Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and Core i5-9600K. "The results are absolutely clear". The RCP (1K) price is set at $488 for the Core i9-9900K, $374 for the Core i7-9700K, and $262 for the Core i5-9600K.

Meanwhile, Intel's 14nm has reportedly become the most profitable line of hardware the company has ever manufactured, though that's likely in part due to the necessity of using it as long as Intel has.

Built on the Intel Mesh Architecture and intended for computing-intensive tasks like professional content creation, the unlocked Xeon W-3175X processor packs 28 processing cores / 56 threads in a package alongside 38.5 MB of Intel Smart Cache.

At their event in New York City today, Intel took the wraps off of their much-rumored 9th generation series of desktop processors. With the eighth-gen "Coffee Lake" chips, both the Core i7 and i9 offered six cores with hyperthreading, while the i5 had six cores without hyperthreading. That might not seem that impressive when the Core i9-9900K can hit 5GHz. All three of these processors will apparently work on all Z300-series motherboards, so those who bought into Z370 past year will be able to drop a new CPU in after a BIOS update. The i5-9600K, has six cores, six threads with a base 3.7 GHz speed which can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz. It has a base clock speed of 3.1 GHz with max boosted clock speed of up to 4.3 GHz.

However, that doesn't mean that the Core i7 is a downgrade. The chip carries a massive TDP of 255W so you'll need some pretty serious cooling to match.

It comes with dual-channel DDR4 and up to 40 PCIe lanes.

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.

For its latest 9th Generation chips Intel is going with a soldered integrated heat spreader (IHS) - which we haven't seen since Sandy Bridge - to support greater overclocking capabilities.

Vanessa Coleman