Intel Core i9


Intel released the Core i series in 2008, replacing the Core 2 processors. At the beginning there were only Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, which roughly represented the division between entry-level, middle-class and high-end class. In 2017, however, the new platform Intel Core i9 was added, which is aimed at particularly demanding users who, for example, rely on maximum performance in the area of ??VR, gaming or multimedia design. In our assortment you will find on the one hand used Core-i9... more...
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Intel released the Core i series in 2008, replacing the Core 2 processors. At the beginning there were only Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, which roughly represented the division between entry-level, middle-class and high-end class. In 2017, however, the new platform Intel Core i9 was added, which is aimed at particularly demanding users who, for example, rely on maximum performance in the area of ??VR, gaming or multimedia design. In our assortment you will find on the one hand used Core-i9 processors, as well as appropriately equipped desktop PCs and notebooks, which already have such a CPU.

Composition of the model name

On the four-digit model number can be found various details about the CPU. The first digit indicates the generation, that is the microarchitecture of the processor. However, Intel deviates from the Intel Core i9, which is why additional control in this direction is always necessary. This is followed by three further digits, which depend, among other things, on the date of publication, but also on the activated features. Finally, one or two letters follow. There, for example, X stands for overclockable high-end models, K also features an open-top clock multiplier and T would stand for a particularly low TDP.

What differences and advantages do the individual generations contain?

6th generation

Although the first Intel Core i9 processors have a 7 in the first place, they come from the sixth generation and are based on the Skylake X microarchitecture. Most notable is that the maximum number of cores has increased, so you already get ten physical cores with the Core i9-7900X, which calculate 20 threads. The top model from the fourth quarter of 2018 is the Core i9-9980XE, which comprises 18 cores and processes 36 threads accordingly. However, the maximum TDP with 165 watts is correspondingly high.

Who are the Intel Core i9 CPUs suitable for?

The processors are primarily for high-end desktop PCs and workstations. In addition, there are some models that are exclusively OEM manufacturers available, especially since notebooks and mobile workstations can be equipped with such a CPU. So if you are mainly using applications that benefit from many cores, since the calculations can be performed well in parallel, an Intel Core i9 is a good choice. In addition, the processors compete directly with the AMD Ryzen threadripper models, giving you the freedom to choose the platform. Often, it's worth taking a look at the specific requirements of each software to assess the final performance. Finally, you can continue to benefit from some of the specific features of the CPUs, since optimized for the Intel models.