A source from the German tech trade has leaked that Intel has an NDA expiring on 1 August, with suggestions that this could well be linked to the announcement of its new processors, including the Intel Core i9. The same report is also claiming that these new chips will come with soldered heatspreaders instead of the lightweight thermal interface material (TIM) recent Intel chips have used.
This should help manage the temperatures of the higher-clocked Cpus and will also help with achieving higher overclocked frequencies too. There is anecdotal evidence of a six-core engineering sample hitting 5.5GHz. It’s recognised by CPU-Z as a Core i7 8086K, but not by Windows, and the genuine anniversary chip doesn’t traditionally come with solder. Could this be the Core i7 9700K?
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The new Intel Coffee Lake refresh will come with a host of new processors, but in reality most of them are little more than 8th Gen chips with a slight clockspeed bump. But if the K-series CPUs in the new range do come with soldered heatspreaders that will be a real reason for gamers and enthusiasts to spend their cash on a new 9000-series chip.
There’s no confirmation yet as to whether this will be the same with the expected Intel i9 eight-core CPU, but given that it’s expected to feature as a K-series too that seems likely.