Pricing for the new unlocked K-series processors is $262 for the Core i5-9600K, $374 for the Core i7-9700K, and $488 for the Core i9-9900K. "The results are absolutely clear. It's the best gaming processor in the world, period." . Comparatively, the Intel Core i7-8700K starts at a tick higher 3.7GHz base frequency but can't go almost as fast with its maximum 4.9GHz boost clock. In addition to native USB 3.1 Gen 1 (10 Gbit/s) support, Intel claims the Z390 chipset will sport improved power management for the 8-core processor variants, as well as integrated 802.11 AC connectivity.
Intel has launched its 9th generation of processors globally, including the new Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 processors. Coming with Intel's first consumer i9 processor also comes the first i7 desktop processor not to feature Hyper-threading.
The Core i9-9900K is the flagship model from this lineup. All three of these processors will apparently work on all Z300-series motherboards, so those who bought into Z370 a year ago will be able to drop a new CPU in after a BIOS update. This is quite a different configuration to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K with 6C/12T but the same base Coffee Lake architecture. The i7-9700K has eight cores, eight threads and has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz which can be boosted to 4.9 GHz. The 9700K will have two more cores than the i7-8700K with 1.5MB L3 cache per core. We also have up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes on tap, with Intel Optane memory and Optane SSD support a given, as well as Thunderbolt 3. The i9-9900K runs at 3.6 GHz, but it can be speed-boosted to a full 5 GHz. The i5-9600K has six cores with no hyperthreading, is a direct replacement to the i5-8600K, and will feature faster frequencies. The new CPUs are backward-compatible with the Z370 chipset as well, so you won't need to worry about being locked out of this upgrade if you have an older motherboard.
Why it matters: Intel announced a smattering of new processors on Monday spanning multiple product segments.