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Intel Coffee Lake Refresh release date, news and rumors
Posted by Kevin Lee on 09 October 2018 09:40 PM

Intel had everyone guessing when it launched its 8th generation desktop processors with Kaby Lake Refresh, but the manufacturer didn’t have us fooled us again when it launched the 9th Generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs. This time around Intel is offering even higher core counts and about 400MHz faster speeds across the board – welcome to the 9th generation. 

With Coffee Lake Refresh Intel has closed the gap between itself and AMD’s Ryzen 2nd Generation processors. It’s doing this mainly through the Core i9-9900K, Intel’s first 8-core 16-thread chip for consumers – even if it is much more expensive than Team Red’s alternative. With these higher core counts and high clock speeds, Coffee Lake Refresh is a game changing release.

Now, these are just the highlights of Intel Coffee Lake Refresh, but we have so much more information to dive into, so strap in for the long ride and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Intel’s 9th-generation CPUs.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Intel’s rumored 9th generation CPU architecture
  • When is it out? October 19 
  • What will it cost? From $262 (£349, about AU$370) 

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh release date

At its 2018 Desktop Launch Event, Intel finally revealed when we can get our hands on its 9th-generation desktop lineup. The good news is that all the speculation was pretty much spot on – preorders are live now, and the chips will start shipping out on October 19. 

However, we’ve only seen the announcement of there of the Coffee Lake Refresh processors – the Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K. We’re sure that the lineup won’t end here, so keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll update it when new processors get announced.

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh price

 Now that Intel has announced its new desktop platform, we now know what the pricing is going to look like. For the most part, it falls in line with what Intel charged for Coffee Lake desktop chips, though the Intel Core i9 is much more expensive than the competition, namely the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. The prices are as follows: 

  •  Intel Core i5-9600K – $262 or £349 (about AU$370) 
  •  Intel Core i7-9700K – $374 or £499 (about AU$530) 
  •  Intel Core i9-9900K – $488 or £599 (about AU$700) 

We’re sure that Intel is going to pad this lineup with other mid-range and entry-level processors over the next year or so to pad out these massive price gaps. Until then, though, we can still expect fantastic multi-core performance at a reasonable price. 

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Intel Coffee Lake Refresh specs

Now that Intel has shown us what Coffee Lake Refresh is capable of, we have a clear picture of what these new processors look like. And, while only three Coffee Lake Refresh processors have been revealed, we’re sure there’s more to come in the near future.   

  •  Core i5-9600K: 6-cores, 6-threads, clocked at 3.7GHz to 4.6GHz 
  •  Core i7-9700K: 8-cores, 8-threads, clocked at 3.6GHz to 4.9GHz 
  •  Core i9-9900K: 8-cores, 16-threads, clocked at 3.6GHz to 5.0GHz 

This initial lineup is noteworthy, as it marks the first Intel Core i7 chip in a while without hyperthreading – instead it just features eight single-threaded cores. Still, that should be  plenty, especially considering the impressive 4.9GHz boost clock. Luckily, there is still a 9th-generation consumer chip that retains hyperthreading in the Intel Core i9-9900K. 

These new processors also feature much improved thermal performance, thanks to soldered thermal interface material (STIM). This should help these processors overclock more efficiently without having to resort to exotic cooling solutions to stretch the performance out. 

This is big, because Intel has stuck with non-soldered thermal paste to transfer heat between the processor dies and the IHS – much to the chagrin of enthusiasts and overclockers. This new soldered material should be a much more efficient heat transfer medium, which Intel says will lead to easier overclocking.

Image credit: Videocardz 

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh features

Of course, it wouldn’t be a new Intel processor lineup with a new motherboard and chipset platform. Interestingly enough, Intel’s forthcoming Z390 chipset is on the way, and can finally be preordered, after months and months of speculation.

This new platform supports t onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 – both of which are features not found natively supported on the current Z370 chipset. This new chipset now supports up to 40 lanes of PCIe Express 3.0, but is still limited to dual-channel, 2,666MHz memory.

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh performance

While we haven’t had the chance to fully test any of these chips, we were able to do some testing at Intel’s event. The Core i9-9900K, with its 8-cores and 16-threads was able to hit a score of 33,108 in the World of Tanks Encore benchmark. We were also able to play some PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, where we got an amazing 175fps at 1080p with Ultra settings, when paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080.

Meanwhile, the Intel Core i7-9700K was able to hit 30,339 points in that same World of Tanks benchmark – which is impressive given that chip doesn’t feature multithreading.

Unfortunately, those are the only benchmarks we really had access to. We’ll perform our full suite of benchmarks when we get our hands on the chips for a full review, and we’ll see how they stack up against AMD’s Ryzen 2nd Generation offerings like the Ryzen 7 2700X.

That’s all we know for now. There is surely still a ton of news to come. Per our usual advice, we encourage you return to this page periodically for in-depth coverage of the latest Intel Coffee Lake Refresh news and information.

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