Intel plans to ship two high-end desktop processors next month: the Core i9-9900KS processor and the Cascade Lake-X gaming processor.
In a presentation from the IFA show in Berlin, Ryan Shrout, chief performance strategist at Intel, said that Intel is aware of the competition, specifically AMD and Qualcomm. AMD has already delivered a cost-competitive Ryzen processor, and there’s reason to believe a next-gen Threadripper is coming soon. Commenting on Qualcomm's upcoming 8cx chip, which Qualcomm claims it will be about equal a Core i5, Intel tried to establish exactly which Core i5 was being referenced—the older Whiskey Lake—and how its latest 10th-gen "Comet Lake" (CML) parts would shape up.
Intel announced the Core i9-9900KS at Computex. It is a 4GHz, 8-core/16-thread chip that boosts to 5GHz across all cores simultaneously. Shrout commented that rival AMD had been caught out with 3rd-gen Ryzen chips that underperformed the company’s boost claims, which AMD blamed on a bug that the company will fix.
Intel didn't offer any additional details for the Core i9-9900KS.
“The point is, we’re not taking this sitting down, we see the competition, we see the landscape as it is,” Shrout said. “We’re adjusting because we take these customers very seriously. And we want to give them the best product possible.”
You could expected the upcoming Cascade Lake-X desktop chip to be a more direct attack against AMD’s Threadripper.
During its presentation at IFA 2019 in Berlin, Intel showed the performance per dollar of Skylake-X vs. AMD Threadripper and the upcoming Cascade Lake-X, admitting that Skylake-X was overpriced for what you got.