The Intel 9th generation CPUs were supposed to be released in October but new listings suggest that the Intel i9-9900K and i7-9700K can be pre-ordered now and that they will be shipped starting September 7. This means that the CPUs are about 2 weeks away. The pricing for the chips has also been mentioned but these are listing and not officially confirmed from Intel so you will need to take this with a grain of salt.
The Intel i9-9900K is the top of the line CPU in the 9th generation and this is the first time that Intel is going to release a Core i9 chip in the mainstream series of CPUs. Having that said, according to the listings that have been spotted the Intel Core i5 9600K costs 299 Euros, The Intel Core i7 9700K costs 567 Euros and the Intel i9-9900K will cost 732 Euros.
Keeping in mind that the Intel i9-9900K is an 8 core 16 thread CPU, the pricing is a bit high. AMD Ryzen 7 series offers the same specifications but the overall price and the cost per core is lower than what these listings suggest. If these listings are indeed true then Intel will have a tough time selling these CPUs. Of course, there will be people that are waiting for Intel to release a higher core count but then there are those that want better value for money, that is something that Intel is not providing here.
There are those that think that it might be too late. While the Intel Intel i9-9900K will offer 8 cores and will have a higher clock speed, it is worth mentioning that AMD has been providing 8 core CPUs for more than a year now starting with the first generation of AMD Ryzen that was based on the 14nm process. AMD has now released the second generation of AMD Ryzen CPUs and these chips are based on the 12nm process.
We know for sure that the chips that are coming out this year from Intel, including the Intel i9-9900K, will be based on the old 14nm process, so we don’t really know what to expect in terms of performance and IPC gains.