At Intel’s keynote presentation today, the company announced that it would be expanding its current line of 9th Generation desktop processors, to include new models from Core i3 up to Core i9. Almost immediately, we were given the details, and here they are.

Currently on the market, if you can find them, are the Core i9-9900K, the Core i9-9700K, and the Core i5-9600K, which use the latest Coffee Lake-Refresh design to offer up to eight cores and turbo up to 5.0 GHz. We reviewed all three when they were launched, and now the new parts are a mix of standard, overclockable ‘K’ processors, new ‘F’ processors without integrated graphics, and ‘KF’ which combine the overclocking without graphics.

Here’s the list:

Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs
AnandTech Cores Base
Freq
Turbo
Freq
IGP IGP
Freq
DDR4 TDP Price
(1ku)
i9-9900K 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz UHD 630 1200 2666 95 W $488
i9-9900KF 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz - - 2666 95 W -
i7-9700K 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz UHD 630 1200 2666 95 W $374
i7-9700KF 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz - - 2666 95 W -
i5-9600K 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz UHD 630 1150 2666 95 W $262
i5-9600KF 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz - - 2666 95 W -
i5-9400 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz UHD 630 1050 2666 65 W -
i5-9400F 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz - - 2666 65 W $182
i3-9350KF 4 / 4 4.0 GHz 4.6 GHz - - 2400 91 W -

Sitting at the top is the eight-core Core i9-9900KF, which matches the Core i9-9900K through the whole spec sheet, except for not having integrated graphics. Technically it is there on the silicon, but it has been disabled, likely in order to increase yield and perhaps improve binning. Similarly, the Core i7-9700KF and the Core i5-9600KF are identical to their previously released counterparts.

The new processor classes are the Core i3-9350KF, which is an overclockable quad core without hyperthreading and without graphics, but has a 4.0 GHz base frequency and a 4.6 GHz turbo frequency. The Core i5-9400F is a six core processor, without hyperthreading or integrated graphics, but has a 2.9 GHz base frequency and a 4.1 GHz turbo frequency (it's also the only new processor with a price). The Core i5-9400 is the same processor, but with Gen9 Intel HD 630 Graphics.

It is interesting that Intel is releasing processors without integrated graphics, and calling them ‘F’. F was the Xeon name for ones with OmniPath fabric installed. It also marks the first mainstream chips in a long while that Intel has launched without integrated graphics. They’re obviously doing it this way to increase yields, especially if the cores are fine but the graphics isn’t working at the required frequencies. This might be preferred to reducing the core count to allow the graphics to match a lower class of product.

Intel was very cagey about when these processors would come to market. In the official news post, the company said that it ‘expects these processors to start shipping at the end of January’. Personally, I find that working not very committal. It suggests that they don’t know, or it’s likely to be in February and they are hedging some bets. We’ll wait and see if the company will sample us the parts for review, and if not having integrated graphics helps the overclock or the power consumption.

Mobile processors on Core 9th Gen will come in Q2 this year.

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  • Retycint - Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - link

    TDP, by Intel standards, is a meaningless figure and should never be taken as an indication of the actual power consumption of a CPU. It should be used only as an indication of the power class e.g. desktop class, low power, ultra low power etc Reply
  • Retycint - Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - link

    To elaborate further - the TDP is the power the CPU consumes when running at the base clock. The base clock, however, is not fixed and Intel can change it at will. This means that if Intel releases a CPU with much higher power consumption than the previous gen, they can simply lower the base clock and claim it has the same TDP, when in reality the new chip consumes much more power. This is what happened with the new 6-core chips vs the old 4-core chips. Notice how much lower the base clocks are on the new chips Reply
  • Zdigital2017 - Wednesday, January 09, 2019 - link

    Intel being able to sell CPUs that would have otherwise gone in the trash because the iGPU did not pass testing during manufacturing. Reply
  • Ashinjuka - Monday, January 07, 2019 - link

    So $110 gets you 100MHz more turbo and hyperthreading. 🤨 Reply
  • darkswordsman17 - Monday, January 07, 2019 - link

    For some the HyperThreading would be worth that. Reply
  • npz - Monday, January 07, 2019 - link

    > Technically it is there on the silicon, but it has been disabled, likely in order to increase yield and perhaps improve binning.

    That was exactly my assumption as well in the previous article about the leak: Skipping validation of the igpu as intermediate measure to increase yields with current fab capacity.
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  • ET - Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - link

    I think that Intel is just testing the waters. If it turns out most buyers go for the F variants to save a small amount of money, Intel would likely start manufacturing dies without iGPU. Reply
  • mkaibear - Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - link

    Seems logical. Enthusiasts have been claiming for years that there's an "untapped market" for CPUs without IGPUs so if you've got chips which have failed iGPUs why not give it a punt? Reply
  • BigMamaInHouse - Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - link

    Just found them listed on their site: -you need to search for them- they aren't listed "officially" ;-)
    https://ark.intel.com/products/186605/Intel-Core-i...
    https://ark.intel.com/products/190885/Intel-Core-i...
    https://ark.intel.com/products/190884/Intel-Core-i...
    https://ark.intel.com/products/190883/Intel-Core-i...
    https://ark.intel.com/products/191126/Intel-Core-i...
    https://ark.intel.com/products/134898/Intel-Core-i...
    Reply
  • KAlmquist - Tuesday, January 08, 2019 - link

    I'm guessing the only difference is price, and based on past experience, probably a small difference ($15 - $25).

    AMD doesn't have a solution for users who want six or eight cores combined with integrated graphics. Intel probably feels it makes sense to charge a bit more for the chips with IGP because they do not face direct competition from AMD.
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