Intel 9900K is a highly anticipated chip because for the first time there will be a chip on the market that offers 8 cores in the mainstream series. New leaks show that there will not be a single 8 core variant. The i7-9700K will also come with 8 cores but will offer a lower clock speed as compared to the i9 Intel 9900K.
Coolaler revealed details regarding the upcoming 8 core chips. While the boost clock is indeed 5 GHz for the Intel 9900K, that is not the case for all cores and people might find this a bit misleading. This is not something new that is why when Intel markets CPU the company uses the word “up to”. The reality is that while the Intel 9900K is able to reach 5 GHz boost clock, that is only for 2 cores. 4 cores can reach 4.8 GHz, 6 Cores can reach 4.7 GHz and the same 4.7 GHz applies to all 8 cores.
Keep in mind that this is expected if you are using consumer level cooling. This would include liquid cooling as well. If you are using exotic cooling then you might be able to get 5 GHz on all cores but at this point in time, I am not sure whether or not that would be a good idea. I don’t think it would be a smart move to pull. I for one would not take my chances keeping in mind that Intel does charge a lot of money for the extra cores and this upcoming Intel 9900K CPU is not going to be cheap.
Intel has been having issues with the 10nm process and it is more than likely that the Intel 9900K will be based on the 14nm++ process. The kind of performance boost and IPC gains we will get is questionable. I am sure there will be people that will appreciate the higher core count but you have to wonder, the people that wanted to get an 8 core CPU would have already switched to AMD Ryzen. AMD Ryzen 7 offers 8 core CPUs and AMD has been offering these variants for more than a year now.
While there is little that we know about the Intel 9900K, the chip will be coming out before the end of the year. For more information regarding the matter stay tuned to SegmentNext.
Let us know what you think about the Intel 9900K and whether or not this is something that you are interested in getting.