Although we have scoured Amazon's website in search of this hidden Core i9-9900K listing, we've unfortunately come up short. Tom's Hardware, however, says that it has independently verified the page and posted non-watermarked screenshots -- so we'll take their word for it. The packaging is somewhat unorthodox and is a dramatic departure from Intel's usual boring retail CPU boxes.
For starters, it is twelve-sided and translucent, giving you a glimpse inside at the processor within. Perhaps Intel got a little green with envy when looking at the packaging for the first- and second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors and decided to present its own version of excess in the enthusiast-class processor market.
The listing also confirms that the processor has 8 cores, which are capable of existing 16 threads. There's also 16MB of cache onboard and the chip is said to be capable of reaching speeds of 5GHz (depending on how many cores are in use). The other thing to take away from this production listing, which of course could change at any time, is that the price listed is a hefty $562.50. Previous leaked pricing suggested that the processor would retail for around $480.
At this point, we know that the Core i9-9900K will launch alongside two other 9th generation Core processors: the Core i7-9700K and the Core i5-9600K. The specs that we know for all three (at this point) are listed below:
- Core i9-9900K: 8 cores / 16 threads, 3.6GHz to 5GHz, 16MB L3 cache, 95W TDP
- Core i7-9700K: 8 cores / 8 threads, 3,6GHz to 4.9GHz, 12MB L3 cache, 95W TDP
- Core i5-9600K: 6 cores / 6 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.6GHz, 9MB L3 cache, 95W TDP