Did the i9 processor live up to the hype?

Should you buy an i9 processor?

A few months ago Intel released the new generation of Intel's Core i9 processors which have more capabilities and a higher spec than their counterparts being i7, i5 and i3 CPUs as you can imagine. Did it live up to its hype? I think so however, what comes with a high spec is a higher price tag. In this blog we analyse the i9's main features and compare them to their predecessors to determine whether or not it is worth an upgrade.

Cores and threads

The Core i9 series has more cores than its predecessors meaning in comparison to older generations the i9 can handle more data, threads and tasks simultaneously.

The amount of threads the i9 series has ranges from 10 to 18. This is a massive improvement compared to older generations such as the i3,i5 and i7. As if this wasn't enough the i9s CPU supports Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, meaning each core can serve multiple threads. For example this means if you had a standard 10 core, i9 processor this could run a massive 20 threads. This is only the base value for the i9 processors so you can imagine the performance difference.

Clock Speed

The clock speed of a CPU is measure in GHz which refers to the number of pulses per second that are generated by an oscillator which is a component that sets the processor's tempo.

The Core i9 supports Intel's Turbo Boost technology just like its predecessors being the i5 and i7. This allows for the CPU to use less power and generate less heat by increasing the speed of your CPU only when needed. 

If we take the Intel Core i9 7900X which has a average clock speed of 3.3GHz, this CPU can automatically boost itself up to 4.5GHz when it needs to making it a fantastic feature implemented by Intel.

Cache Size

The cache is used to help the CPU run processes that you use continuously therefore, the CPU stores this data to then help improve its overall speed. The more cache a CPU has the faster it will be able to complete repetitive tasks that you run on a daily basis.

The new generation of Intels i9's processors has L3 cache which ranges from 13.75MB to 24.75MB, setting it apart even from the Core i7 that featured 8MB of cache. Therefore, showing that there has been a big difference in the two different generations.


There are 5 new Intel Core i9 chips, which will all have a minimum of 10 cores, with the i9-7980XE boasting 18 cores and costing around £1600. Prices will start around £800.


These highlights appear to be unfathomably great, be that as it may, would they merit putting your money into? For your normal PC client who wishes to finish each day perusing general undertakings, at that point no. Be that as it may, for gamers hoping to play the most recent games in a high setting and finish various tasks at the same time and rapidly, a Core i9 CPU is outstanding amongst others you can get! 

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