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Intel Intros 8-Core Laptop CPUs, Expands F-Series To Ease Shortage

Dylan Martin

Here are four things to know about Intel's new ninth-generation Core processors for laptops and desktops, what they mean for the market, and how they compete against AMD.

Intel Seeks To Improve Shortage With More F-Series CPUs

In addition to its new ninth-generation Core mobile processors, Intel introduced several more parts for its ninth-generation Core desktop lineup, including more F-series chips that lack integrated graphics.

The new processors include the Intel Core i9-9900, a version of the company's flagship eight-core i9-9900K with a 5 GHz turbo clock speed that can't be overclocked and comes with a lower price tag as a result. Other "locked" processors include the i7-9700, the i5-9600 and i3-9100.

The expansion also includes three new Core F-series processors, which are nearly identical to their counterparts without the "F" suffix except for the fact that they lack integrated graphics. For example, the new i3-9100 comes with integrated graphics while the i3-9100 doesn't and needs to be paired with a discrete graphics card from AMD or Nvidia as a result.

Intel client sales executive Steve Long told CRN earlier this year that the F-series was introduced to improve Intel's ongoing CPU shortage because they consist of processors that had their integrated graphics turned off due to manufacturing issues. Since the F-series processors have the same recommended pricing as their counterparts with integrated graphics, Intel is creating incentives for partners to sell the parts, Long said.

"We're working to make sure that the partners know that we are committed, that we're dead serious. These parts are here. They're here to stay," Long said in March. "They're on a roadmap for a reason, and we're showing them that we're hungry to have them take the parts."

 
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