Intel is readying 9000-series processors for an upcoming refresh of its Coffee Lake generation. According to a leaked microcode update document, there will be five new models:
- Core i3-9000 & Core i3-9100 (quad-core)
- Core i5-9400, Core i5-9500, Core i5-9600, Core i5-9600K (hexa-core)
No Core i7 or Core i9 processors have been mentioned in the document. However, the leak confirms that Intel will be using 8th-generation processors in its 9000 series. Specs-wise, there’s a slight clock speed increase of about 100 to 200MHz over the 8000 series and that’s about it.
Previous information has claimed that Intel is readying a hexa-core Core i7-9700K processor and the octa-core Core i9-9900K, which will be Intel’s first mainstream eight-core CPU.
All of the aforementioned processors will be compatible with Z3xx chipset motherboards. The new CPUs’ release is expected to coincide with the launch of the flagship Z390 chipset.
We’ll keep you posted about any impending developments in regards to Intel’s upcoming processors. If you are building a rig for music production now, it doesn’t look like it will be worth much to wait for these upcoming refreshes, given the lack of significant changes. Of course, if you want the most hardware muscle, then you ought to wait for those new i7 and i9 processors – and budget accordingly.
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