With the delay of Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake chips, rumors suggest that the company will launch its 9th gen processors on October 1st. According to a report by Wccftech, the new i9, i7, and i5 processors will be known as “9th gen” processors with 8 cores.
Only a few months ago Intel launched the 6-core Coffee Lake chips and now it seems that the number of cores will go even higher with the next generation of Intel processors. Of all the processors that will be launched, the flagship will be the Intel Core i9-9900K which is rumored to ship with 8 cores and 16 threads. The chip will also feature a 16 MB L3 cache and will also come with an Intel UHD 620 graphics chip.
Although the flagship i9 processor is expected to ship with 8 cores, the i7 is also likely to ship with 8 cores and 8 threads whereas the i5 will remain at 6 cores. What’s particularly interesting about the processors are the clock speeds. One will be able to get 3.6 GHz base clock speed and a whopping 5.0 GHz boost clock in single and dual core operations. The chip will be able to provide a 4.8 GHz boost for 4 cores and a 6/8 core boost will clock around 4.7 GHz. This is pretty impressive and it’s all done under 95W so this chip will require some sturdy cooling solutions.
Apart from the flagship i9 processor, what’s surprising is the fact that the i7 will also be getting 8 cores. Previous reports had suggested 6 cores and 12 threads for the 9th gen i7. However, given the information available now, the Core i7 will have 8 cores, 8 threads, and a 12 MB L3 cache. Expect similar or better performance from this chip compared to the Core i7-8700K.
The Core i7 chip also has a base speed of 3.6 GHz and goes up to 4.6 GHz in 6 or 8 core boost operations, 4.9 in single core operations. Therefore, the i7 device is no pushover either, which is why it’s also maintained at 95W. According to reports, Intel will likely launch the overclocked processors first followed by the 9th gen processors later in the year.
If these rumors do come true, then we can expect these 9th-gen processors inside some machines by the end of the year or even earlier. It’s an exciting time especially for gamers because the AMD Ryzen chips are also in direct competition with Intel’s chips. It’ll be interesting to see how the new 8-core processors stack up against the Ryzen chips, we’ll find out soon enough.