Intel has updated its microcode revision guidance documents to list a number of 9th Intel Core i3 and i5 chips. These unreleased chips are confirmed to be based on the refreshed Coffee Lake architecture called Coffee Lake S, which lessens the possibility of the 10nm-based Cannon Lake arriving this year.
Just a few days ago, the rumors of upcoming Core i9 and Core i7 chips were in the news, suggesting that Core i9 would become mainstream forming a part of the 9th Gen Core family. However, the latest Intel documentation doesn’t include any details about these chips.
The 9th Gen Core chips listed in the documents include five Core i5 configurations and 2 Core i3 configurations are:
- Core i3-9000 – 4 Cores, 4Threads, Clock: 3.7Ghz
- Core i3-9100 – 4 Cores, 4 Threads, Clock; 3.7GHz
- Core i5-9400 – 6 Cores, 6 Threads, Clock: 2.9Ghz (Turbo: 4.1Ghz)
- Core i5-9400T – 6 Cores, 6 Threads, Clock: 1.8GHz (Turbo: 3.4GHz)
- Core i5-9500 – 6 Cores, 6 Threads, Clock: 3.0GHz (Turbo: 4.5Ghz)
- Core i5-9600 – 6 Cores, 6 Threads, Clock: 3.1GHz (Turbo: 4.5Ghz)
- Core i5-9600K – 6 Cores, 6 Threads, Clock: 3.7GHz (Turbo: 4.5Ghz)
The list is expected to expand as it doesn’t include Core i9-9900K (8-Core/12-thread), Core i7-9700K (6-core/12-thread) that are revealed in earlier reports.
While the 9th Gen label looks fancy, these new chips would be able to deliver a 200MHz boost in the clock frequency over the previous generation and some improvement in power management.
The 9th Gen Core chips will be stagged alongside Intel’s new chipset Z390, which is expected to bring along native support for WiFi AC and Bluetooth 5.0.