Intel launched its first 8th-generation Core processors past year with U-series mobile chips that were really just 7th-generation parts with the double the normal number of cores. Alongside that, the company also claimed that the Core i9-9900K is the world's best gaming processor.
Intel just held its Fall Desktop Launch Event in New York City this morning, where the chip maker unveiled its latest lineup of desktop processors for high-end PCs. All three of these processors will apparently work on all Z300-series motherboards, so those who bought into Z370 previous year will be able to drop a new CPU in after a BIOS update.
With clock speeds that range as high as 5GHz, Intel's new 9th generation core CPUs are poised to bring slightly better gaming performance and sometimes drastically better multimedia editing performance to cutting-edge desktop PCs. For the ninth generation, the improvements essentially boil down to adding more cores while keeping the clock speeds and power consumption mostly the same as before.
Joining this flagship model are the Core i7-9700K and the Core i5-9600K. These SKUs finally bring core-count parity with AMD's first and second generation 8-core Ryzen CPUs in the mainstream space. We also have up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes on tap, with Intel Optane memory and Optane SSD support a given, as well as Thunderbolt 3.
These new chips will be the first to have hardware fixed for the Meltdown Variant 3 and L1 Terminal Fault problems, while the remaining issues are solved through software. It has 8 cores, 16 threads and the base frequency is 3.6GHz which can be boosted up to 5.0GHz. Both the Z370 and the Z390 will support the new 9th generation CPUs (with a BIOS update for the Z370) and the updates are minor, as you get more native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports and integrated 802.11ac WiFi.
Anandtech doesn't believe there are any new security fixes coming in these new desktop chips, implying they'll lack the security fixes that debuted with Whiskey Lake.