Intel’s 9th-generation processors are rumored to be launching on 1st October
Intel may introduce its 9th-generation processors, including an octa-core mainstream chip, on 1st October. According to fresh rumors floated by Wccftech, Intel will announce new Core i5, i7, and i9 processors in October.
Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake chips have been delayed till the second half of 2019, so the 9th-generation will simply be a refresh of the existing 14nm process with further optimizations.
The flagship Core i9-9900K is expected to be an 8-core processor with 16 threads. This would be the first mainstream Core i9 desktop processor ever, with a supposed 16MB of L3 cache and Intel’s UHD 620 graphics chip.
On the other hand, the new Core i7 chip will reportedly only ship with 8 cores and 8 threads, up from the 6 cores on the Core i7-8700K, while the Core i5 will ship with 6 cores and 6 threads.
Intel is thought to be launching its unlocked overclockable chips first, followed by more 9th-generation processors in early 2019. If the 1st October launch date holds true, Intel’s processors will go up against the second-generation AMD Ryzen processors, and it’ll finally have a chip that matches the Ryzen 2700X in terms of core and thread counts.
Having said that, this is all still pure speculation, so it’s best taken with generous pinch of salt.