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With its eye on the fast-growing gaming industry, Intel today introduced its 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family.

The processors were introduced at an event held this morning in New York City. There, Anand Srivatsa, VP of Intel’s client computing group, said “serious gaming requires serious performance.”

To be sure, the gaming market is huge. A recent survey by NPD Group finds that two-thirds of all Americans (67%) play games on at least 1 type of device. And Srivatsa, during his keynote this morning, cited an estimate of 2.3 billion gamers worldwide.

3 models 

Led by the flagship i9-9900K processor, the 9th Gen Core family is pretty impressive. The other two models announced today are the i5-9600K and i7-9700K.

With Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, the new processors deliver up to 5.0 GHz single-core frequency. They offer up to 8 cores and 16 threads. They come with 16 MB of Intel Smart Cache. And they’re compatible with all Intel 300 Series chipset motherboards.

9th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family

Intel says the new 9th Gen Core CPUs, when compared with the previous generation, deliver up to 10% more frames/sec. (FPS) across popular games, up to 34% faster video editing, and up to 15% better overall performance.

“We’re setting a new benchmark for performance in the gaming industry,” said Srivatsa. “With our partners, we’re making the desktop the best platform for gaming, connecting and getting things done.”

Ships start soon

Pre-orders of the 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors start today. Shipments to OEMs and partners will begin on Oct. 19. Intel says those partners include Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo.

To promote the new CPU family, Intel will be giving away 9 all-expenses-paid tickets to esports events, Srivatsa said. The company also plans to give away thousands of product codes for games starting Nov. 5.


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