So far Intel's 9th Gen Core on desktop only features three models aimed at the higher end of the spectrum. The launch of the lineup consisting of these three products with unlocked multiplier does not yet have any “locked” parts aimed at mainstream PCs, although we are expecting them at some point. The question is one of when they will come. As it appears, from listings of numerous companies in the supply chain, Intel is finally gearing up to expand its Coffee Lake Refresh family with new models.

The products in question are the eight-core Core i9-9900KF and Core i7-9700KF, as well as the six-core Core i5-9600KF and Core i5-9400F. These devices have been listed by retailers Data-Systems.Fi, Newegg, and distributor Synnex (see screenshots below). According to Intel’s existing nomenclature, the CPUs with model numbers ending with F, like 9400F lack integrated graphics, so we suspect the new processors will primarily target higher-end systems featuring discrete graphics. This will mark the first time that Intel has launched integrated graphics-free processors in its mainstream family at the high-end for many, many years.

The higher-end Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, and Core i5-9600KF look set to run at the same frequencies and feature the same cache configurations as their non-F colleagues. As for the Core i5-9400F, this six-core chip runs at 2.9/4.1 GHz, well below the clocks of the i5-9600K, but will have a TDP of 65 W. All of these parts, according to the listings, will be able to be used in current 300-series motherboards.

Intel's 9th Gen Core Processors for LGA1151 v2
AnandTech Cores TDP Freq L3 DRAM
Core i9-9900K $488 8 / 16 95 W 3.6 / 5.0 16 MB 2666 GT2 1200
Core i9-9900KF* ? - -
Core i7-9700K $374 8 / 8 95 W 3.6 / 4.9 12 MB 2666 GT2 1200
Core i7-9700KF* ? - -
Core i5-9600K $262 6 / 6 95 W 3.7 / 4.6 9 MB 2666 GT2 1150
Core i5-9600KF* ? - -
Core i5-9400F ? 6 / 6 65 W 2.9 / 4.1 9 MB 2666 - -
*These CPUs has not been launched officially, specifications have not been confirmed.

Intel has not officially confirmed existence of these CPUs, or mentioned plans to release them. In the meantime, listing of the Core i5-9600KF by Newegg and the Core i5-9400F by Synnex Thailand indicates that their launch is likely imminent. Avid readers will remember that CES 2019 is taking place in early January, so the question is whether Intel starts to sell these CPUs more or less quietly ahead of CES, or if it will announce them publicly at the trade show.

In any case, if Intel proceeds with the launch (or rather when), it may broaden availability of its latest eight-core and six-core CPUs both in terms of physical availability and in terms of pricing (i.e., the i9-9900KF will hopefully cost less than the i9-9900K). In the meantime, one has to remember that Intel has high demand issues in general, so the effect of the launch is something that remains to be seen. It could be that the company will not focus on the Pentium/Celeron parts this time around, but instead make these higher-performing (and higher margin) offerings more regular.


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Source: Newegg, Synnex, Tom’s Hardware

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  • Opencg - Saturday, December 29, 2018 - link

    Not for gamers. If it's anything like the 9700k it will offer equal or better performance as the 9900k at a dramatically reduced price. This is the first time there has actually been a value buy at the very top end of gaming performance. It's funny you whine about it being overpriced. Shows how much you know.
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, December 29, 2018 - link

    Actually the price won't be much less maybe $25-50 off it sure, but the real kicker is the core speed should be a lot higher because no gpu onboard to add the excess heat and power draw.

    They should of did this at the start, most people would agree that its kind of pointless to put a gpu on higher end CPU, when the majority are sold with gpu on lower CPU anyway.
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, December 29, 2018 - link

    Nope: If you don't use the iGPU it doesn't use any power.
  • Opencg - Sunday, December 30, 2018 - link

    You say "actually" like you understood what I wrote. Please reread dumbass.
  • imaheadcase - Sunday, December 30, 2018 - link

    Ok, same answer.
  • Opencg - Monday, December 31, 2018 - link

    Ok well somehow you read twice and missed the fact that i was comparing the 9700k to the 9900k. Which is why I clearly typed 9700k and 9900k. The difference is not 25-50$. Congrats man. You should probably just kill yourself if you are that dumb.
  • piiman - Sunday, December 30, 2018 - link

    Why do you think they are value priced? They haven't even been launched and there is no pricing info. Even so I'd wouldn't expect them to be too much less, I mean how much does the GPU part really cost Intel? They may be 25.00 less if your lucky, IMO but I of course could be wrong :)
  • imaheadcase - Sunday, December 30, 2018 - link

    You just saying what i said, i said $25-50. :P
  • Opencg - Monday, December 31, 2018 - link

    They are becasue the 9700k is value priced the f variant would have to cost way more for it to not be value priced Clearly you guys just cant read and comprehend though. Did I type an F? No your brain synthed it from nowhere. 000
  • bug77 - Saturday, December 29, 2018 - link

    There were HT parts at that price. Depending on what you did, they could perform just like a true 8 core or much worse.
    Either way, core is the new MHz these days...

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