Intel unveils 9th generation CPU, calls it “best gaming processor”

Laurent Giret

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Intel just held its Fall Desktop Launch Event in New York City this morning, where the chip maker unveiled its latest lineup of desktop processors for high-end PCs. The main highlight of the show were the company’s new 9th Gen Core K-series CPU, including the top-of-the-line Core i9-9900K processor. “The results are absolutely clear. It’s the best gaming processor in the world, period,” said Anand Srivatsa, Intel’s vice president and general manager in the Client Computing Group.

To justify this ambitious claim, Intel did in-depth benchmarks with AMD’s high-end processors, and the combination of eight cores with hyperthreading plus a maximum speed of 5 GHz when overclocked delivers significant performance gains. “Intel said that the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor achieved up to 309 frames per second (FPS) on Rainbow Six: Siege; up to 224 FPS on Fortnite; up to 440 FPS on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive; and up to 221 FPS on PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds,” wrote VentureBeat.

In addition to its the Core i9-9900K processor, Intel also announced two other 9th gen desktop CPUs with the Core i5-9600K and Core i7-9700K. All three chips are available to pre-order today, with prices going from $262 to $488. You can also expect to find these 9th Gen Core processors in new PCs from Asus, HP, Dell and Alienware in the coming weeks and months.