It’s nearly the time of the year for Intel to release the 9th generation of its Core series CPUs. As AMD is surging ahead in popularity with the very successful launch of its Ryzen 2000, Intel must come up with something. Added to that, Intel had to cheat on a 28-core 5GHz processor demonstration, and it’s just lost its CEO Brian Krzanich to an internal scandal. Not a great couple of weeks.
Of course, we all expected Intel to release a new generation of CPUs this year. It always does. However, with all the technical issues Intel’s been having with new manufacturing processes, expectations have hardly been high for its 9th generation Core processors. Well, it appears that an internal leak of documents sighted by Videocardz will provide many answers.
The documents were a Microcode Revision Guidance, and a June 2018 8th Gen Core Family update. Both documents have since been removed, but the essentials have been grabbed out of them. While they didn’t disclose the full lineup, we do have guidance from these documents about what to expect.
And they’re hardly spectacular:
- Intel Core i5-9600K (6 cores, 6 threads, 3.7GHz / 4.5GHz Turbo, 95W TDP)
- Intel Core i5-9600 (6 cores, 6 threads, 3.1GHz / 4.3GHz Turbo, 65W TDP)
- Intel Core i5-9500 (6 cores, 6 threads, 3.0GHz / 4.1GHz Turbo, 65W TDP)
- Intel Core i5-9400 (6 cores, 6 threads, 2.9GHz / 4.1GHz Turbo, 65W TDP)
- Intel Core i3-9100 (4 cores, 4 threads, 3.7GHz, 65W TDP)
- Intel Core i3-9000 (4 cores, 4 threads, 3.7GHz, 65W TDP)
None of the specifications will set the world on fire, being minor frequency upgrades on current processors. It appears that not much has been done to Coffee Lake to get the frequency bumps. In fact, the documents call the supposed 9th generation CPUs “Coffee Lake S”.
The documents don’t mention any i7 processors, but it is realistic to expect Hyperthreading to be enabled on 6 core CPUs for a hypothetical i7 9700 (and higher), with minor differences in frequency to identify higher tiered chips, if there are any.
Look for the 9th generation Core chips to be launched sooner rather than later. With the minor frequency bumps, it seems to suggest compatibility with current motherboards. Though customers with Coffee Lake 8th generation CPUs need not bother to upgrade. For new customers and upgraders, the competition between AMD Ryzen and Intel Core continues to ramp up.