Gaming Processor with up to 68 PCI 3.0 Lanes

Gaming is serious business. Pro-gamers can compete for a total prize pool of $25.5 million. And a high-performance machine can make a huge difference in an online multi-player game. The new Intel® Core™ X-series processors feature up to 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes (44 from the CPU and 24 from the chipset), and are designed for highly demanding applications, with eight to 18 cores handling up to 36 threads. (The eight-core i7-9800X can be outfitted with up to 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes.) The new processors can perform a trillion floating point operations per second with 18 cores.

Figure 1: Seven new Intel® Core™ X-series processors (i7-9800X, i9-9820X, i9-9900X, i9-9920X, i9-9940X, i9-9960X, and i9-9980XE) sport a variety of core counts and I/O capabilities. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel touts its 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K as “the world’s best gaming processor.” The desktop product line, with three 9th Gen Intel Core processors to choose from (i5-9600K, i7-9700K and i9-9900K), enables blazing fast and immersive experiences for gamers with as many as eight cores and 16 threads, 5.0 GHz single-core turbo frequency, a 16 MB Intel Smart Cache, and up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for potential system expansion for gaming, advanced overclocking, and crafting videos and other digital creations. Intel reports a possible 11 percent increase in Frames per Second (FPS) over the last generation of processors and as much as a 41 percent increase in FPS over PCs that are three years old. These new processors can handle mega-tasking—4K gaming while recording, streaming, and encoding simultaneously. Adding to the performance is Intel Optane memory and SSD for faster access.

Figure 2: A photo released Oct. 8, 2018, shows a die from a 9th Gen Intel Core processor. The processor family is optimized for gaming. (Source: Intel Corporation)

Intel is celebrating the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors by hosting the “Dreamstakes,” an event where Intel will give away nine trips to world-class, Intel-powered esports and gaming events. The company will also be awarding second place winners one of thousands of exclusive in-game codes.

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Lynnette Reese is Editor-in-Chief, Embedded Intel® Solutions and Embedded Systems Engineering, and has been working in various roles as an electrical engineer for over two decades. She is interested in open source software and hardware, the maker movement, and in increasing the number of women working in STEM so she has a greater chance of talking about something other than football at the water cooler.

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