AMD Forces Intel to Release Its 9th Gen Core Processors Earlier than Usual

The imminent launch of Intel’s 9th Generation processors has been rumored for quite a while now but no solid date was announced…until now.

Intel 9th Generation Processors

The initial rumors and leaks all pointed towards an early release in 2019 for the 9th Generation of Intel processors. However, sources have now revealed that three top tier 9th Gen Intel Core processors will actually be launching on 1st October while the rest of the series will be launched in the previously rumored early 2019.

The three CPUs that will be launched in October include:

  • Intel Core i9-9900k (8 core/16 thread)
  • Intel Core i7-9700l (8 core/ 16 thread)
  • Intel Core i5 (6 core/6 thread)

The flagship variant of the series is supposed to be the first mainstream Core i9 desktop processor from Intel. It will also come with 16MB of L3 cache. The i9 will see clock speeds of 3.6Ghz, and that’s just the base speed. With boost, you can expect to see up to 4.7GHz with all cores.

Even Intel’s i7 sees an update in the number of cores, it now comes with 8 cores instead of 6 cores. It will also start with 3.6GHz though its boost clock speed is limited to 4.6GHz for all cores.

The i5 will have 6 cores and a 3.7GHz base clock with a boost increasing the speeds to 4.3GHz on all cores.

All three processors are unlocked and overclockable which Intel has decided to launch first, followed by the rest of the family early next year.

Competition Heating Up

The competition is getting tougher for 8-core CPUs with AMD also launching their highly competitive Ryzen processors that come at a reasonable price.

The launch of the 9th Gen processors and their prices will only show how competitive they are with AMD and which manufacturer will take the crown for the lowest priced 8-Core CPU. Moreover, Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake chips have been delayed till 2019.


  • Earlier than usual? Just how bad is your reporting, or have you never done any research on hardware / CPU release cycles before?

    Coffee Lake based 8th Gen chips launched in October 2017, and now the 9th Gen is expected to launch in October 2018, exactly 1 year after the previous generation. Just as they’ve always launched in the past.

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