According to the latest rumors, Intel will most likely launch the Core i9-9900k, with 8 cores and a huge 5.5 GHz clock.
It is expected that Intel will showcase a refresh of their current Coffee Lake line of CPUs on August 1, but the actual launch/delivery of the CPUs will take place during the following days, weeks, maybe even a month.
The Coffee Lake refresh will see Intel fighting hard against AMD with its Ryzen 7 2700X, which is an 8C/16T design. Intel has no consumer 8C/16T processor on the market, so this would be a first for the company with the purported Core i9-9900K. So, according to all the leaks and rumors we have right now, this is how the lineup should look like…
Core i9: 8C/16T
Core i7: 6C/12T
Core i5: 6C/6T
Core i3: 4C/4T
An interesting thing here is the lack of hyper-threading on the Core i3. If the CPU had HT, its performance would be very close the the 7th generation i7.
It is rumored that the Core i9 will be capable of hitting a clock speed of up to 5.5GHz when overclocked. 5.5 GHz on all 8 cores is pretty impressive. And the budget i3 will most likely hit 5GHz without much hassle. If Intel does pull that, off, it will possibly bring in more consumers.
It is also quite interesting to see how much Intel has increased their performance for roughly the same price after AMD launched their Ryzen line of CPUs. That is just proof that the consumer always wins in market competition.
Other rumors indicate that the Coffee Lake will get a refresh with a 4C/4T CPU.
Keep in mind that all of these are still rumors, but in most cases, these rumors turn out to be true. And because they are rumors, take all of this with a big grain of salt.