If the early motherboard announcements haven’t already made it clear, then Intel’s own announcement will: the CPU giant is about to release a new wave of PC desktop hardware.

This afternoon, Intel is announcing that they will be holding a “Fall Desktop Launch Event” on Monday. Official details on the event are slim – with Intel’s official tweet just stating that “There has never been a better time to own a desktop PC” – however from the early Z390 motherboard reveals and associated documentation, it’s clear that Intel is gearing up to release their long-awaited Z390 chipset and a new (9th?) generation of CPUs to go with them.

At any rate, the company will be livestreaming the event, and AnandTech will be covering it as well. So you’ll want to be up bright and early to catch Intel’s 10am ET reveal.

Source: Intel (Twitter)

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  • Achaios - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    Uh, more likely AMD forced something else on Intel and from behind. Just non-partisan setting the record straight, mon. Reply
  • shabby - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    A little is an understatement, intel was always late with their releases before ryzen since there was no competition. Now Intel is on an accelerated schedule and stumbling over itself. Reply
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    I'm not seeing the REVOLUTION that you are.. The X99 Platform from 4 years ago has all the same features of platforms today. DDR4 RAM, PCIe 3.0, M.2, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11ac. The ONLY real change has been a dramatic increase in core counts .. and cost.

    My Core i7 5930k, as humble as it seems today, still has no problem with the workloads that I throw at it. To upgrade to the X299/Core i9 platform would cost me about $1200 for just the processor and motherboard. I would get only four more cores, but everything else about the platform really hasn't changed. A Z390/Core i9 platform upgrade would cost about $700 for only two more cores.

    Given the diminished performance returns on adding cores, the lack of ANY new platform features, and finally the high cost involved... I just can't bring myself to get excited about any of this.
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  • CaedenV - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    Exactly this!
    We have more cores available (for extreme prices), but otherwise everything else is much the same. Performance/$ is locked in, and not getting cheaper. Per-core performance is remaining the same (but with less power and heat). Motherbaord features are down to how many extra lights you can install that nobody really wants.
    This is not the death of the PC, but this is the PC market shifting over to other long-term goods. Refrigerators, cars, etc. are all bought every 5-15 years, all very expensive compared to what you get, and dont really change much year to year. When it dies, you replace it, but the idea of 'upgrading' willingly is something that very few people do. What AMD and ARM are doing is causing one last little 'umph' of progress, but generally speaking it is all done now. The only things that will spur progress is new materials, and new architectures... and those are 2 extremely difficult things to change.
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  • Alexvrb - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    Maybe if you don't have any taxing well-threaded workloads, sure. I'm sure a dual core from a decade ago would be good enough for you people. Other users benefit. Reply
  • CheapSushi - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    Even my X79 boards don't feel all different. I can even use NVMe boot drives with a BIOS update. In fact my current board has more USB slots, more SATA ports, actually full 7 PCIe slots with PLX chips all doing 3.0 and even has a beefier VRM/mosfet design.

    I'm waiting on DDR5 at least to change. The difference is much more significant than DDR3 to DDR4.
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  • pixelstuff - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    Presumably some 9th generation NUC computers also? Reply
  • Tyler_Durden_83 - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    The eight aren't even out yet so definitely not Reply
  • siberian3 - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    The ninth generation would be good but at that price point i would not suggest any1 of my friends to buy when Ryzen 3000 is on track at second quarter release so nice that we finally have competition on cpu again Reply
  • HollyDOL - Sunday, October 07, 2018 - link

    You know, there is a devil hidden in this philosophy.

    There always is something on track to release soon.
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