Intel may be preparing the octa-core Core i9-9900K to take on AMD’s Ryzen chips
The mainstream CPU market may be heating up in the later part of 2018. New rumors have emerged of a new octa-core processor that may be Intel’s most powerful mainstream CPU yet, and it looks set to take on AMD’s Ryzen 7 chips.
The Core i9-9900K, as it is supposedly called, could help Intel finally close some ground with AMD in terms of multi-threaded performance. Intel has needed an answer to AMD’s 8-core Ryzen CPU for a while now, especially since the Ryzen 7 2700X continues to outpace the Core i7-8700K in range of multi-threading and content creation scenarios.
If the rumors turn out to be true, the Core i9-9900K would be the first time that the Core i9 brand arrives in the mainstream desktop segment. That wouldn’t be such a stretch, given that Intel already has a Core i9 laptop chip in the Core i9-8950HK.
In addition, there’s news of a Core i7-9700K, a 6-core/12-thread part that is likely a 14nm refresh of Intel’s Core i7-8700K with higher clock speeds. There’s also reportedly going to be a 6-core Core i5-9600K that will replace the Core i5-8600K.
The new processors will be supported by Intel’s upcoming Z390 chipset, but there’s also the possibility that the flagship Core i9-9900K might not be compatible with the existing Z370 chipset. The latest rumors also suggest that Z390 might be just a Z370 rebrand with optimizations for more consistent power delivery, but we’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out.