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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  • BambiBoom - Monday, October 8, 2018 - link


    The key advancements for Intel processors the last three years or so have been noticeable improvements in single-thread performance, more threads, and for less cost. As most programs- and games- are highly reliant on the single thread performance, this is important.

    I use a Xeon E5-1680 8C@3.0/3.8GHz for 3D CAD that originally cost $1,700. This is a rare Xeon that may be overclocked (E5-1650 v2, 1660 v2, 1650 v3, 1660 v3, and 1680 v3 are others)that averages 2101 Passmark single thread mark . This one running at 4.3GHz on all eight cores for a best singel thread mark of 2322. Compare the 2101 average to the current Xeon W-2145 8C@3.7/4.5Ghz for $1,300 that averages a 2537 single-threaded. The average for an i7-7700K 4C@4.2/4.5GHz ($350) is 2583 so the non-OC 8C W-2145 is keeping up well with a highly overclockable 4-core. The i9-7900X 10C@3.3/4.5 ($900) averages 2466. Many 3D CAD workstations are running i7-8700K's (see Puget System's site) - 6C and 2703 for $380. The cost/performance of current Intel CPU's is very good. The support of USB 3.1 C and NVMe are other modern advantages.

    My problems with Intel is the scrambling of the i7/i9 lineup, bizarre choices, and of course the shortage that doubled some CPU's in a week. The i7-7820X 8C@3.6/4.3 $470 ordinarily but $840+ at the moment had a lot of promise, but there are only 28PCIe lanes and 64GB RAM maximum, perhaps to preserve the price of the W-2145. Too many 3D CAD users are buying i7-8700K's and realizing that non-ECC RAM actually works in workstation applications.

    I run two x16 GPU's: Quadro P2000 and GTX 1070 Ti, plus a x4 PCIe M.2 and x4 sound interface. The i7-9700K we're seeing announced is non-hyperthreading and the i9-9900K is oddly running on Z390 - and that is two channel memory on boards with four slots. As an i9 it should have been X299.

    Intel was certainly shaken by AMD < good job there AMD, and while 28 PCIe lanes, non-hyperthreading, dual channel memory works well enough -up to a point, it's "possible" that z370 boards may be updated to run 9th series, and the shortage of some i7's will end someday, Intel is not looking the unassailable fortress it once was.

    I was all set to buy an i9-9900K but I'm going to wait and see what happens with Ryzen 2800X and Ryzen 3rd GEN first.

  • Achaios - Monday, October 8, 2018 - link

    "noticeable improvements in single-thread performance"

    Don't know what world you live in, but the so-called "NOTICEABLE S-T PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS" are such that make an upgrade from my 4770k Haswell unworthy.
  • BambiBoom - Monday, October 8, 2018 - link


    My comparison is based on better single thread performance and more cores for a similar cost:

    i7-4770K 4C@3.5/3.9GHz new $350 Passmark single threaded average: 2253
    i7-8700K 6C@4.2/4.5GHz new $350 Passmark single threaded average: 2583

    Which CPU has +2 cores and better cost / performance?

    If the 4770K works well enough, no need to change it.

    But, it's true the i7-4770K is a really good one and some series improved more than others. When I see the results for the i7-4790K:

    i7-4790K 4C@4.0/ 4.4GHz new $350 Passmark single threaded average: 2530

    - it doesn't make a strong argument for an i7-8700K and new motherboard.

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