Intel Confirms October 8th Launch For 9th Gen Core Coffee Lake CPUs
Intel has posted an invitation on Twitter for folks to tune into its live stream kicking off tomorrow, October 8, at 10 am. While Intel doesn’t specify what the live stream event will be about, this is certain to be the official launch of the company's new 9th gen Core Coffee Lake Refresh processors.
Numerous leaks focusing on the new Coffee Lake CPUs have tipped alleged details on the parts, including pricing for the Core i9-9900k 9th Gen CPU; that leak claimed the Core i9-9900K would sell for $480. Specs tipped for the CPU include eight cores and 16 threads, putting it on par with AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X, but allegedly far from price parity, with AMD asking just $320 for its core-for-core competitive CPU. Spec details on Intel's other Coffee Lake CPUs have leaked including a Core i7-9700K, with eight cores and eight threads running at 3.6GHz to 4.9GHz with 12MB L3 cache and 95W TDP. In addition, Core i5-9600K with six cores, six threads, running at 3.7GHz to 4.6GHz with 9MB of L3 cache, and 95W TDP has also leaked.
Another leak showed what is alleged to be the wild packaging for the 9th gen Core i9 parts. Leaks have also given up some details on motherboards for the new 9th gen CPUs; the MSI MEG Z390 ACE running the Intel Z390 chipset leaked this month.
MSI is said to have more than half a dozen motherboards coming to support the new Intel CPUs. While leaks have shown us a couple of those mainboards, we have no idea what pricing will be at this point. With the official announcement of the CPUs coming tomorrow, you can count on details on boards coming alongside the CPU launch. One potential thorn in the side for Intel fans is that PC builder Novatech has stated the new 9th Gen Core parts will be in short supply for months to come. Retailers and scalpers have a long history of jacking up pricing on hard to find components to gouge those not wanting to wait to build a new machine. We certainly saw that happen with video cards during the cryptocurrency mining craze, but hopefully that's not the case this time out. Tune in tomorrow for coverage of the Intel live stream (which you can view right here).