Before I had even landed back home from Intel's 9th Gen announcement event in New York, the Core i9-9900K sample from Intel had arrived. We still have some time before we can publish our results, but we can still take a look at how Intel packaged it up for us. A fair warning: we didn't get the flashy d12 case shown on stage.

This One Doesn't Roll

Shown on stage at Intel's event was a brand new flashy box design in the form of a dodecahedron. It looks exactly like a 12-sided die, similar to those used in dice-based games such as D&D. Its full size isn't much more than the size of one's hand.

Here is Intel's Anand Srivatsa holding the flashy design on stage. Roll for initiative, I guess?

Intel 9th Gen Core
AnandTech Cores TDP Freq L3 L3 Per
Core i9-9900K $488 8 / 16 95 W 3.6 / 5.0 16 MB 2.0 MB 2666 GT2 1200
Core i7-9700K $374 8 / 8 95 W 3.6 / 4.9 12 MB 1.5 MB 2666 GT2 1200
Core i5-9600K $262 6 / 6 95 W 3.7 / 4.6 9 MB 1.5 MB 2666 GT2 1150

Intel is releasing three processors next week, although Intel is only sampling the Core i9-9900K.

The Press Kit

Instead of the dodecahedron, Intel plumped for a customized box. Inside, we were greated with our name.

Intel's big thing for the Core i9 and the 9th generation parts is the motto 'performance unleashed', by moving up to eight cores on the Core i9 series. All of this inside is cardboard, with the processor underneath.

Intel has supplied the press with engineering samples, that show off the S-Spec name of QQPP, and the base frequency of 3.60 GHz.

There's not much else to say. Intel is sampling the Core i9-9900K only, and motherboard vendors have started shipping out samples. We have reviews of the motherboards soon, and our 9th gen review will be going live on the embargo day, October 19th.

Edit: Peek for Peak in title. Too many peeks.

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  • CaedenV - Thursday, October 11, 2018 - link

    Where was this 5-sided packaging when the Pentium chip was a thing?
  • 0ldman79 - Thursday, October 11, 2018 - link



    Intel missed the boat on that one.
  • Mr Perfect - Thursday, October 11, 2018 - link

    If Intel is only sampling the i9, then will there be no review of the i7? I'm curios to see if 8c8t is faster then 6c12t.
  • Ian Cutress - Friday, October 12, 2018 - link

    We're trying to get one.
  • - Thursday, October 11, 2018 - link

    Look at Intel sucking up to you, while they can't deliver an i5 K from the last 3 generations. They are like a teenage boy still wet behind the ears and AMD just blew them a kiss.
  • mode_13h - Thursday, October 11, 2018 - link

    What's up with all the pentagons?

    And why does the IHS say 3.60 GHz?
  • Ian Cutress - Friday, October 12, 2018 - link

    3.60 GHz is base frequency and where 95W TDP comes from.
  • tamalero - Monday, October 15, 2018 - link

    Do these chips that were customized for reviewers.. could they be binned?

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