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Intel Core i9-9900K Review Roundup: What Critics Are Saying

Critics are calling Intel's ninth-generation Core i9-9900K CPU a "wonder of silicon engineering" and the world's "fastest" processor. See what else they have to say.

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World's 'Fastest' Gaming Processor

Intel's ninth-generation Core processors started shipping on Friday, and the reviews are out, with most of them focusing on the company's new flagship gaming CPU, the Intel Core i9-9900K.

Also known as Intel's Coffee Lake-S Refresh, the ninth-gen Core processors are targeted at desktop PCs, primarily for gaming, though the company has also cited content creation as a use case. Beyond Intel's high-end Core i9-9900K, the company also released the Core i5-9600K and i7-9700K today.

[Related: Intel's Ninth-Gen Processors: 5 Things To Know ]

Both the ninth-gen Core i7 and Core i9 pack eight cores compared to a maximum of six cores in the previous generation. The Core i9 comes with a clock speed of 5GHz and 16 threads, compared with the last generation's 4.8GHz and 12 threads, respectively. The Core i5 and Core 7, on the other hand, offers clock speeds of 4.6GHz and 4.9GHz and thread counts of six and eight, respectively.

So what have critics had to say about Intel's latest flagship CPU? Major publications agreed that it is the world's "best" or "fastest" CPU for gaming or mainstream computing purposes. However, some said the Core i9-9900K's $499 list price could be a barrier for some.

Here's a roundup of the biggest takeaways from reviews.

 
 
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