Intel says that the Core i9-9900K would cost you $488 and you can pre-order the new processors today. The biggest changes coming with the Z390 chipset will be the new integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller that support up to 6 Gen 2 ports and 10 Gen 1 ports, Intel's newest AC Wifi controller, and a new Intel sound solution. "Intel said that the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor achieved up to 309 frames per second (FPS) on Rainbow Six: Siege; up to 224 FPS on Fortnite; up to 440 FPS on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive; and up to 221 FPS on PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds", wrote VentureBeat. Staying with the same 6C/6T configuration, the 9600K improves the base frequency by 100 MHz, while adding 300 MHz to the rated single-core Turbo Boost 2.0 clock speed. It has 8 cores, 16 threads and the base frequency is 3.6GHz which can be boosted up to 5.0GHz. This processor has base and boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.9GHz, with a 12MB cache. Intel is keeping the TDP of the Core i9-9900K at 95W. During a brief demonstration following Intel's announcement, I witnessed a test machine with a Core i9-9900K and an Nvidia GTX 2080 achieve a score of 33,144 on the World of Tanks Encore in-game benchmark, while a similarly configured system with a Core i7-8700K recorded a result of 30,318. When it comes to video production, these new CPUs are up to 41% faster in Adobe Premiere compared to the previous generation. There's also a 16MB cache and dual-channel DDR4 RAM support. We don't know if this is a refresh of Skylake-X at the moment, but we are hoping to have that question answered soon.
Finally, Intel also announced the Xeon W-3175X workstation chip with an incredible 28 cores.
All of these new 9th Gen processors have hardware mitigation against Meltdown Variant 3, the security bug that we heard so much about back in January. That latter point is welcome news for enthusiasts who have criticized Intel for using lower quality grease for the past few generations.
Even the 9th generation designation is a sign of Intel's excitement (or marketing savvy, you decide).
Whether or not Intel's 9th-gen speedup matters to you depends on how recently you've upgraded your current PC.