Intel’s Flagship 9th Generation Core i7-9700K Will Rock 8 Cores, 16 Threads

Based on the recent Intel leaks, Chinese sources are further reporting through information acquired from motherboard makers in Taiwan that Intel’s next generation, 9th generation flagship will pack more cores than the current fastest mainstream processor.
There was no doubt that Intel’s 9th generation mainstream processors weren’t going to receive a core bump in the coming year. There were leaked slides already hinting that and next year means Intel will be getting enough time to tweak their process and architecture design to accommodate more cores.
Straight from HKEPC, who were able to get information out of Taiwan motherboard makers, it has been rumored that the 9th generation flagship which will be known as the Intel Core i7-9700K, will pack 8 cores and 16 threads. There’s no mention of what process technology the new processors will be utilizing but I believe it’s an updated version of the current 14nm++ process. There’s also a interesting rumor regarding the Core i5 and Core i3 series of processors too.
According to the same source, Intel’s next generation Core i5 chips will be packing a 6 core and 12 thread design. Currently, all Intel Core i5 series chips come with 6 cores and 6 threads while the i7 lineup features 6 cores and 12 threads. The Core i3 series on the other hand will be getting multi-threading support too which means we are looking at 4 cores and 8 threads compared to 4 cores and 4 threads that are available on Coffee Lake Core i3 chips right now.

Intel's 9th Generation Unlocked SKUs Specs:

Intel’s 9th Generation Core Family Goes Against AMD’s Ryzen 2 aka Pinnacle Ridge Processors

It’s easy to tell the Coffee Lake was an immediate and rushed response to AMD’s Ryzen but with 9th generation, Intel will have a good amount of time to release a strong competitor. The AMD Pinnacle Ridge family is expected to debut next year and will be using tweaked Zen cores for improved performance leverage and greater efficiency. There’s no mention of core bump at the moment but AMD might take that path since the core wars between Intel and AMD are on the rise in both main stream and HEDT segments.
The Intel 9th generation family will be supported on the Z390 or 300-series platform while AMD is expected to launch a refresh line of motherboards but they will keep compatibility for the new cpu family on existing motherboards too.

The Ryzen 7 lineup will be pitted against the Core i7, Ryzen 5 will go against the Core i5 in the more budget segment where the real battle will take place. The entry level and value segment will be consumed by Core i3 and Ryzen 3 chips which will be aiming the sub-$200 US market. It will be an interesting competition next year in the desktop and laptop segment where AMD is making a huge resurgence after years of silence.