Intel is holding a desktop PC event today to unveil its latest processors. Intel’s “Fall Desktop Launch Event” will take place at 10AM ET / 7AM PT this morning, and the company is expected to launch its latest 9th Gen chips. This year’s refresh will be based on improvements to Intel’s existing 14nm process, as the company continues to delay its production of 10nm Cannon Lake chips until 2019. Intel is expected to unveil new Core i9, i7, and i5 chips that will be branded as 9th generation processors.
Leaks suggest that the i9-9900K will be priced at $529.99, with the i7-9700K at $399.99, and the i5-9600K priced at $279.99. B&H already have the processors available for preorder ahead of Intel’s announcement, but it’s not clear exactly when these chips will be shipped.
Previous leaks have revealed that the 9th Gen Core i9 will be the first mainstream flagship i9 with to ship with 8 cores and 16 threads. Leaked documents show that this will be the first mainstream Core i9 desktop processor and will include 16 MB of L3 cache and Intel’s UHD 620 graphics chip. Intel’s 9th Gen Core i7 processor is expected to ship with 8 cores and 8 threads (up from the current 6 cores), with the Core i5 shipping with 6 cores and 6 threads.
PC builders will be keen to hear about how Intel’s new processors compare in gaming and performance against AMD’s latest Ryzen chips. Intel will likely cover performance and more at its event this morning, so stay tuned to The Verge for the latest on the 9th Gen processors.
By Tom Warren