The process giant Intel is running on several fronts these days. On the one hand, the AMD rival AMD is more competitive than it has been for many years, while at the same time Intel has difficulty in keeping up with demand and gaining by getting the next process technique to mass produce CPUs.
It addresses Intel, to a certain extent, by introducing new variants of their existing Core i9, i7 and i5 processors.
Common to them is the ‘KF’ designation, which indicates that they both have an unlocked ‘multiplier’ that allows overclocking (something that characterizes K-CPUs) and that there is no integrated GPU on board (characterized by F term)
A total of three new KF models are released: A Core i9-9900KF octa-core with Hyperthreading, a Core i7-9700KF octa-core without Hyper-threading and a Core i5-9600KF hexa-core without Hyper-threading.
Processors aren’t official yet, but are already available at online retailers, including US Newegg and Finnish Data -Systems.fi.
None of the new items are in stock yet, but on the reported technical sheets, the new collection will match their respective K variants in terms of frequencies and functions – with the exception of the lack of graphical chip on board. The KF processors will therefore require a dedicated graphics card in the system.
Intel’s new collection has not been officially announced yet, so prices have not yet been announced, but with the cut-off functionality, Intel’s new processors should be able to hit a lower price rent than their existing counterparts.
Prices and availability of the new processors are likely to be announced at the upcoming CES electronics show in Las Vegas, which opens on January 8, 2019.