Computer users who want to build some powered gaming rigs will soon have some new Intel processors to choose from, which have recently appeared in online stores. These new processors enter the Coffee Lake Refresh family, and there are four new SKUs to look forward to. The parts include the eight-core Core i9-9900KF and a Core i7-9700KF processor along with six-core Core i5-9600KF and Core i5-9400F processors.
Entries for these parts have appeared on Newegg and Synnex, although some of the listing has been removed at the time of writing (probably at Intel's request). Note that all four of the new CPUs end with an F-designator, which Intel traditionally uses to specify chips that lack integrated graphics. That nomenclature leads to the idea that these parts are all aimed at enthusiastic systems that will rely on discrete graphics cards. Given that most enthusiasts would not dry both with Intel's integrated GPUs, this is a way for Intel to market CPUs that would otherwise have been pushed due to defective GPU cores.
The side lists call support for all the chips with the existing 300 Series motherboard. As for specifications, here's what we have to do with:
- Core i9-9900KF: eight cores, 95W TDP, clock frequencies of 3.6 / 5.0 GHz and 1
- Core i7 -9700KF: eight cores, 95W TDP, clock frequencies of 3.6 / 4.9 GHz and 12MB L3 cache
- Core i5-9600KF: six cores, 95W TDP, clock frequencies of 3.7 / 4.6 GHz and 9MB L3 cache
- Core i5-9400F: six cores, 65W TDP, clock frequencies of 2.9 / 4.1 GHz and 9MB L3 cache
] It is worth noting that since Intel has not verified any of these parts, there is no way to ensure that these specifications are correct. Speculation suggests that the processors are already on web pages. Intel may be ready to announce them ahead of CES or possibly on the show kicking off early next month. Earlier this month, Intel revealed its new 10nm Sunny Cove CPU architecture with Gen II graphics that provide significant market benefits. Intel has also announced a multi-year mission to increase its capacity and push for 7nm production technology and beyond.