Core i9-9900K 8-Core Coffee Lake Reportedly Incoming For Intel Z390 Mainstream Boards, New Hexacores Too

It looks as though we're starting to get some clarity regarding Intel's upcoming high-end, mainstream Core processors. We've seen plenty of evidence that a new octa-core Coffee Lake-S processor is on its way, and now a new report suggests that the processor will adopt Core i9 branding.
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According to the new report, there will be processors representing Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 product families. There will apparently be three processors represented, at least initially: 

  • Core i9-9900K with 8 cores and 16 threads
  • Core i7-9700K with 6 cores and 12 threads
  • Core i5-9600K with 6 cores and 6 threads

The Core i9 name had previously been reserved for the Core-X HEDT processors, but has since been used in hexa-core mobile parts (a la the Core i9-8950HK). So, bringing Core i9 to the mainstream desktop market doesn't sound like too much of a stretch, especially if it truly is an octa-core processor. This would put Intel's top mainstream processor on more even footing with AMD's mainstream Ryzen family, which is available with up to 8 cores (16 threads) in its current iteration. 

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The new processors would be supported by Intel's Z390 chipset, which may or may not end up being a rebranded Z370 with optimizations to insure consistent power delivery (especially when overclocking). As we reported earlier, the Z390 was originally spec'd to include native 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB 3.1 Gen2 support. However, going with a Z370 rebrand with some minor tweaks would provide Intel with a more value-oriented alternative in the increasingly competitive desktop processor market.

Right now, we're taking all of this information with a big grain of salt until we can get some further confirmation.