Intel’s 9th gen i7 processors seem to drop hyperthreading

Intel always releases their new generation Core processors almost every year. It always feels like that they want you to upgrade as frequent as you can but that’s not just possible always for normal users. A recent leak from a Chinese Forum showed some information on the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors. This time, there seems to be a big change in the specs of i7.

Normally Intel would make the i7 with hyperthreading and leave the i5 only with the real cores. The new leak suggests that Intel is dropping the hyperthreading on i7 9700K but has increased two cores. An i7 8700K comes with 6 cores and 12 threads but the 9700K will bring 8 cores/8 threads only. It will be really interesting to know about the performance difference in gaming and different applications between these two processors as a decrease in threads decreases the overall gaming and multitasking performance but increase in real core count increases the gaming and multitasking performance.

Intel's 9th gen i7

The chart shows some specs of i9 9900K, i7 9700K and i5 9600K which are in Chinese in the headings but Techspot has explained what they meant. The i9 9900K will have 8 cores and 16 threads with 3.6GHz as the base clock and can reach up to 5.0Ghz on two cores. While the i7 9700K will have 8 cores and 8 threads clocked at 3.6Ghz in which one core can be overclocked up to 4.9Ghz while all the cores can be overclocked up to 4.6Ghz at the same time. Intel didn’t push the base clock of i7 above 4.0Ghz. So, it seems like that they are just satisfied with the increase in the core counts.

Coming to the i5 9600K, it will have 6 cores and 6 threads just like the 8600K and also the same amount of cache memory which is 9mb. I don’t know why they didn’t improve the i5 9600K in this series or is it just the architecture that will increase the performance of the i5. Whatever happens, we will look forward to it.


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