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Intel Core i9-9900K Confirmed To Be Soldered

Unlike Other CPUs On The Market

Intel Core i9-9900K  is going to be the top of the line CPU in the upcoming generation and Intel is going to introduce 8 cores and 16 threads in the mainstream. New slides indicate that the Intel Core i9-9900K will be soldered. That will be great and will improve cooling. While there are going to be i7 variants that also come with 8 cores, the Intel Core i9-9900K is going to have a higher clock speed.

We are getting more information regarding the upcoming CPU as the release date comes closer and it has been confirmed that the upcoming chips will not be affected by the Spectre and meltdown bugs. It has also been confirmed that the upcoming Intel Core i9-9900K and other chips will be immune to the other threats that might show up in the future.

Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Slide

Lisa Spelman, vice president of Intel Data Center Group and general manager of Xeon product line confirmed this bit of information and the following is what she had to say in this regard:

Yes that is definitely the intent. So you see everything that we learned even ahead of the release of those and starting to work back in changes you would make inside the silicon. So we did software mitigations, then working back to hardware as soon as we could, and we were able to intercept timing for Cascade Lake in order to get it in. That will continue through.

Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Slide

She also confirmed that the development team is able to re-architecture the Cascade Lake core in order to make room for mitigations. The following is what she had to say in this regard:

Yes. Ronak (Singhal), one of our lead CPU architects, led that effort. We had to make choices in order to do that. To keep everything on the best case schedule we had to make a choice to intercept and stop tape-ins to make sure that we put this in. So we had to do the engineering work and then get it in. It was our belief that that is what we had to do and the right decision for our customers in the ecosystem.

It will be interesting to see what kind of performance the upcoming Intel Core i9-9900K will have to offer keeping in mind that the CPU is based on the 14nm process.


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