It is always quite amusing when retailers pre-announce products before the company actually pushes out a press release. Embargo or not, the retailers want to advertise the fact they will be getting stock and want to sell early – in the gaming industry, people pre-order games, but in the PC industry, you rarely pre-order hardware. Nonetheless, today’s news comes from online UK retailer Kikatek, which has already listed some of Intel’s 9th Generation Core 35W CPUs as coming out on May 15th.

Intel’s 9th Generation Core family, known as the Coffee Lake Refresh, has had an interesting birth. Having first released the high-end overclockable processors, the rest of the processor stack has seemingly got stuck in Intel’s system – coming out in drips here and there. This might appear to be an odd implementation of Intel’s strategy, or there might be something more fundamental going on, such as the recent reports of Intel’s ability to manufacture enough processors for its customers. As a result, for the consumer lines at least, it is still selling plenty of 8th generation CPUs based on what retailers have available.

What Kikatek has now listed on its website means that there will be more 9th Generation Core processors to choose from, assuming they have them in stock: we now get Intel’s 35W offerings.

Intel 9th Gen 35W CPUs
TDP Price
Core i9-9900T 8 / 16 2.1 GHz ? 35 W £455.32
Core i7-9700T 8 / 8 2.0 GHz ? 35 W £338.18
Core i5-9600T 6 / 6 2.3 GHz ? 35 W ?
Core i5-9400T 6 / 6 1.8 GHz ? 35 W ?
Core i3-9300T 4 / 4 3.2 GHz ? 35 W ?
Core i3-9100T 4 / 4 3.1 GHz ? 35 W ?
G5600T 2 / 4 3.3 GHz - 35 W ?
G5420T 2 / 4 3.2 GHz - 35 W ?
G4930T 2 / 2 3.0 GHz - 35 W ?

Intel’s 35W offerings have always been interesting. 35W is the Thermal Design Power, which as Intel indicates is the expected thermal design required for the base frequency of the processor. However, Intel’s processors rarely ever run at the base frequency – most of them have a form of turbo built in to the base design, such that even when all the cores are running, the frequency is beyond the base frequency. This means that the 2.1 GHz base frequency of the eight core sixteen thread Core i9-9900T might never be seen, and the power consumption of the chip might be beyond 35W.

It is worth reading our article here about Intel’s relationship with its TDP numbers to get a better understanding.

Why Intel Processors Draw More Power Than Expected: TDP and Turbo Explained

The best way to see the power consumption is to actually test the processors. Hopefully we will get some in for analysis.

Kikatek lists these processors as being announced on May 15th. Subject to any Intel imposed delay, this seems to be a reasonable timeframe for launch. 

Update: It would also appear that GIGABYTE and BIOSTAR have both has these CPUs listed in their support lists, some of which have already been removed.

Source: Kikatek, Twitter

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  • mczak - Monday, April 15, 2019 - link

    The question is how large that "large net benefit" is for MP (I'm not questioning that it's still every bit as fast for single thread performance). Inevitably, the clock will need to go down quite a bit with 8 vs 6 cores in a 35W envelope (hence my guesstimate about the chip being faster 15% in multithreaded scenarios despite having 33% more cores - if the clock goes down 15% on average you're pretty much there).
  • nicolaim - Monday, April 15, 2019 - link

    Typo? "[...] Intel’s ability to manufacture enough processors for its customers."
  • r3loaded - Monday, April 15, 2019 - link

    > in the gaming industry, people pre-order games, but in the PC industry, you rarely pre-order hardware

    Really though, that says a lot more about the morons who pre-order a product with no intrinsic physical supply constraints.
  • Targon - Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - link

    A lot depends on the expectation of the products. AMD had pre-orders for Ryzen, and they sold out quickly. Ryzen third generation, if pre-orders are offered, will also sell out fairly quickly, depending on initial supply promises for each company. Going from first generation to third generation should provide close to a 40 percent performance jump between IPC and clock speeds.
  • danwat1234 - Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - link

    9th Coffee lake+ is a joke. Waiting for 10nm ice Lake / AMD Ryzen 3 & 7nm GPU for laptops.
  • AshlayW - Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - link

  • ProDigit - Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - link

    Looks like another rebranding.
    Aside from the multi cores, the lower core versions seem like an already existing product!
    A scheme Intel has kept going on for decades.
  • onlinegethelp - Friday, April 19, 2019 - link

    nice post and it is a informative post. Thanks for sharing this information
  • urbanman2004 - Sunday, April 21, 2019 - link

    Intel, why provide us, the consumer such a pitiful form of use case for 8-core CPUs on a outdated process node...

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