If the early motherboard announcements haven’t already made it clear, then Intel’s own announcement will: the CPU giant is about to release a new wave of PC desktop hardware.

This afternoon, Intel is announcing that they will be holding a “Fall Desktop Launch Event” on Monday. Official details on the event are slim – with Intel’s official tweet just stating that “There has never been a better time to own a desktop PC” – however from the early Z390 motherboard reveals and associated documentation, it’s clear that Intel is gearing up to release their long-awaited Z390 chipset and a new (9th?) generation of CPUs to go with them.

At any rate, the company will be livestreaming the event, and AnandTech will be covering it as well. So you’ll want to be up bright and early to catch Intel’s 10am ET reveal.

Source: Intel (Twitter)

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  • parlinone - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - link

    I take it “There has never been a better time to own a desktop PC” translates to: 'There has never been a worse time to buy a new desktop CPU'?

    Prices of Intel chips have skyrocketed over 50% these last few weeks. My wallet tells me something me not to trust this man.
  • CaedenV - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - link

    "Never been a better time to own a desktop PC"
    Yep, becauce they stopped getting better so we don't have to upgrade all the time any more! There are finally some machines that are appreciably faster than my i7 2600... but with the same budget that I had back then for my build, a new computer is still only fractionally faster than my current rig. Granted; a lot of that is because RAM and motherboard prices are crazy high compared to what they use to be. But I miss the days where every 3 years you drop $1k and get something significantly faster in everyday performance. At this point I am just waiting for my current rig to die before replacing it... but the silly thing has been through hell and back and refuses to keel over, so it may be a while.
  • eastcoast_pete - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - link

    So, Intel will release (announce) new hardware, but will they be able to make them in sufficinet number to actually matter? Their 14 nm fabs are already over capacity, and that has led to significant price increases (!) of current, soon-to-be outdated Intel desktop processors. The key question to ask at the Monday event is "How many of these newest and hottest desktop chips can you (Intel) actually ship in Q4 2018 and Q1 2019? " Let's recall that Intel has started to contract out chipset fabbing to second parties (I believe it is TSMC) due to capacity problems.
  • gsuburban - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - link

    There is a lot of hype coming when they announce "more cores". MOST software isn't written to work with "all cores" so what are they cheering about? The biggest and best performance boost in these newer CPU's is the on die memory. That's always been the big gateway to performance.
  • boozed - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - link

    Maybe they'll be announcing a compensation program for the security vulnerabilities they've been pushing on us for two decades.

    Hahaha I jest!
  • sparkuss - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - link

    Does any of this possibly include the rumor of Win7 compatible MB?
  • GreenReaper - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - link

    Wake me when they upgrade to PCIe 4/5 and include AV1 decode support. Oh, and fix all of Spectre. (That which can be fixed in hardware, anyway.)
  • tsk2k - Monday, October 8, 2018 - link

    If you could post times in UTC that would be great.

    Kind regards,

  • BambiBoom - Monday, October 8, 2018 - link


    US ET (Eastern Time) = UTC -4 so 10AM ET = 14:00 (2PM) UTC
  • Supreme_void - Monday, October 8, 2018 - link


    RIP Intel. But lets see what they can offer :)

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