We’re now getting confirmation of this news with the appearance of the middle child Core i7-9700K, which you can see in the SiSoft SANDRA graphic below. The screen grab confirms that the processor has HyperThreading disabled, which means that it has 8 physical cores along with 8 threads. It’s a rather curious marketing decision for Intel, as this chip will allegedly be replacing the current Core i7-8700K which has 6 cores and 12 threads. In addition, Core i7 processors almost always have HyperThreading enabled, so this could simply be a case where the chip is running on an older Z370 motherboard without full microcode support for the chip (hence disabling HT).
Based on the current information that we have, this is how the top of Intel’s mainstream processor family will stack up when they [reportedly] launch next month:
- Core i9-9900K with 8 cores and 16 threads
- Core i7-9700K with 8 cores and 8 threads
- Core i5-9600K with 6 cores and 6 threads
The Core i7-9700K in particular will have a base clock of 3.6GHz with a single-core boost of 4.9GHz. Dual-core boost steps down to 4.8GHz, quad-core boost drops to 4.7GHz, and 6-/8-core boost is dialed in at 4.6GHz. The chip is rated at 95 watts and has 12MB of Intel Smart Cache.