Intel 9th Generation Processors: Is the upgrade worth it?

Intel inevitably had to push their mainstream processor count with the Coffee Lake series in light of how AMD has come back stronger with their Ryzen series. Now, Intel has pushed even further with their latest processor, the i9-9900k with its 8-cores and 16-threads. This would be the go-to processor for high-end PC builders who want the top of the line processor of Intel. Today, we’ll be looking into the mainstream i7-9700k and answer the question, how does it compare to its 8th generation predecessor, the Intel Core i7-8700k?

The i7-8700k is currently priced at P23,130 and if Intel would be good to us, they’d keep the i7-9700k at around the same price or even lower.

Specifications

Base Freq Max Freq TDP Cores/threads L3 Cache Soldered

Heatspreader (STIM)

Price
Core i9-9900K 3.6GHz 5GHz 95W 8/16 16MB Yes $580
Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz 4.9GHz 95W 8/8 12MB Yes $420
Core i5-9600K 3.7GHz 4.6GHz 95W 6/6 9MB Yes $280
Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 4.7GHz 95W 6/12 12MB No $390
Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 4.3GHz 95W 6/6 9MB No $280

Pricing Source

Intel Core i7-9700K vs Intel Core i7-8700K on paper

The Intel Core i7-9700k has 2 added cores but has a lower thread count compared to the Intel Core i7-8700k for some reason. So, the i7-9700K comes with eight-cores and eight-threads, 12MB cache and a TDP of 95W while the Intel Core i7-8700K features six-cores and 12 threads, 12MB cache and a 95W TDP. The Intel Core i7-9700K is also rated with a base clock of 3.6GHz and can boost one its processor cores all the way to 4.9GHz. Comparatively, the Intel Core i7-8700K starts at a tick higher 3.7GHz base frequency, but can’t go nearly as fast with its maximum 4.7GHz boost clock. However, it could be in overclocking where the Intel Core i7-9700K will really gain a lead over its predecessor.

Thanks to its soldered integrated heat spreader (IHS), the Intel Core i7-9700K should be better at keeping the chip cool, allowing for better overclocks The Z390 motherboards were released a little while back, but an additional part of the 9th generation processors from Intel is that they are also backward compatible with chipsets that support the Coffee Lake processor such as Z370 and B360.

Performance

Benchmark Specifications

Processor: Intel Core i7-9700K/Intel Core i7-8 700K
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro
RAM: Aorus RGB Memory DDR4-3000 8×6
SSD: Micron 1100 512 m.2 SSD SATA
VGA: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition
PSU: Thermaltake Smart RGB 700W
Cooler: ID Cooling 120mm AIO Liquid Cooler

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Conclusions

The new 8-core processors are certainly an interesting bunch, but what we are wondering is who Intel is targeting. The Core i9-9900K comes in at an MSRP of $500, but currently costs more than that at $580, while the 9700K is meant to cost $374, but is currently at $420.  So we’ve established that the new 8-core parts aren’t cheap. Will lntel be phasing-out the previous generations and focus on newer generations starting from the 9th-gen? Honestly, there was no significant difference from the previous generation.

In addition, the 9th generation Intel processor was going up to 90c with our ID Cooling. Then again, it is a 120mm thin fan. It is definitely a good upgrade coming from the i7-7700k, but there’s simply no way to avoid thermal throttling without spending on good coolers. Coming from the i7-8700k, we suggest you hold off your money for an RTX or the next generation of Intel processors

Post Author: Christian

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