Hardware Hitjes: Ninth generation Intel Core processors announced.
Intel announced the latest consumer processors last Monday with specifications that are extremely interesting for gamers. MSI also comes with a new 17-inch laptop and a compact desktop based on the new Intel processors and an RTX 2080 Ti.
Intel announces ninth generation Intel Core processors
Last Monday, Intel announced the next generation of high-end consumer processors. These are the Core i9-9900K, i7-9700K and i5-9600K. Unlike previous generations, only the i9 variant still has hyperthreading, which provides 16 threads with eight cores. The i7 variant is therefore no longer equipped with hyperthreading, but has an increased number of cores (from 6 to 8). However, the number of cores isn’t the only thing that has increased. The maximum turbo speed goes up to 5 GHz, 4.9 GHz and 4.6 GHz for the i9, i7 and i5 respectively. As you could have already recognized from the ‘K’, all these speeds can also be increased by overclocking your processor.
Intel has also given in to one of the most requested features that makes many overclockers happy: the chip is finally being soldered back to the Internal Head Spreader (IHS). In previous generations, Intel used a cheaper thermal paste, which quickly pushed users to a thermal limit. With the use of solder, the heat conduction is considerably improved and higher frequencies are therefore easier to achieve.
The processors will go on sale October 19 with suggested retail prices of $ 262, $ 374 and $ 488 for the i5, i7 and i9 respectively. European prices are not yet known at the time of writing.
MSI comes with a 17-inch gaming laptop with thin bezels
MSI announced the new MSI GE75 Raider a few days ago. It is a gaming laptop with a 17-inch IPS screen with a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a 1080p resolution. The screen has a bezel of just 5.7mm, making the laptop’s dimensions comparable to those of a traditional 15-inch laptop. Despite the limited size, the laptop is still on the heavy side at 2.61 kg.
Inside the machine we find an eighth generation Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070. Depending on the chosen configuration, the laptop also has a maximum of 32GB DDR4-2666 memory and up to 1 TB HDD and / or SSD. storage. The connections consist of the standard 3.5 mm audio connections including SPDIF, USB3.1 type-C, three times USB 3.1 type-A, ethernet, HDMI and a mini DisplayPort.
The first variant with an i7-8750h, GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD and 256 GB SSD will be available soon for a price of 1999 euros. Other configurations will follow later.
MSI crams a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti into a compact housing
In the latest iteration of MSI’s compact Trident X gaming desktops, the brand has managed to integrate the powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Considering the high consumption and hefty size of the RTX 2080 Ti’s PCB, it is surprising that MSI managed to keep the total volume of the computer below 10 liters.
The RTX 2080 Ti is paired with an Intel Core i9-9900K making it one of the most powerful gaming desktops you can buy right now. Since Intel only announced the ninth-generation Core processors last week, it is not inconceivable that the i5 and i7 variants will also be added as options later, but for now it will remain with the i9. If you have a little less to spend, you can of course also opt for an RTX 2070 or RTX 2080.
For storage, the Trident X has a single M.2 port and two 2.5-inch HDD / SSD cages, but it is still unclear which storage configurations will be available.
The MSI Trident X will be available from November.