Intel Fall PC Desktop Event Live Blog (Starts at 10am ET/14:00 UTC)

09:57AM EDT – We’re here in New York for an event that Intel is calling their “Fall Desktop Launch Event”. In theory we should know very little about what Intel is announcing, but in practice it would seem that large parts of Intel’s announcements have been posted by Intel, their partners, and their resellers in the last week or so. This includes the new 8-core Core i9-9900K processor (complete with box!) and the Z390 chipset. None the less, today’s event should cast the rumors aside and clarify just what Intel is working on for the rest of 2018 and beyond for desktop PCs.

09:58AM EDT – I’m sat, front and center

09:59AM EDT – Lit in blue, there are about 150 people here

09:59AM EDT – Going to start in a minute or two

09:59AM EDT – Plenty of hardware already out in the foyer area

10:00AM EDT – Z390, X399, and 28-core SKL-X

10:00AM EDT – Anand Srivatsa to the stage

10:01AM EDT – The event is in NYC, in WTC 3

10:01AM EDT – Giving the world an opportunity to be successful

10:01AM EDT – Powering everyone’s greatest contribution

10:02AM EDT – Intel is building on strenghts – features, ecosystem, form factor

10:02AM EDT – delivering no-compromise performance across all product lines

10:02AM EDT – April was first Core i9 for laptops. Best mobile gaming processor ever

10:03AM EDT – Optimize every generation for the best user experience

10:03AM EDT – For the most expert media users on earth

10:03AM EDT – Brand new unlocked 28-core Xeon processor

10:03AM EDT – 4.3G turbo

10:03AM EDT – Xeon W-3175X

10:04AM EDT – Intel Embree used in the film Next Gen using advanced instruction sets

10:05AM EDT – Every frame took 4 hours to render

10:05AM EDT – Using optimized Intel Embree with Intel hardware reduced rendering time by 15%

10:06AM EDT – >Looks like the hardware doesn’t have CPU strings yet

10:06AM EDT – >So the W-3175X name is very new

10:07AM EDT – Video of Next-Gen now, but the projector is 720p

10:07AM EDT – ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards for this

10:07AM EDT – Shipping in December

10:07AM EDT – Now onto other hardware

10:08AM EDT – Built for creators

10:08AM EDT – All new Core-X

10:08AM EDT – 44 PCIe lanes, soldered TIM confirmed

10:08AM EDT – quad channel

10:09AM EDT – entry level 8-core will have full PCIe lanes

10:09AM EDT – ignore 68 PCIe lanes, that’s 44 CPU + 24 chipset

10:09AM EDT – Increased frequency and cache sizes

10:10AM EDT – >We have the info for these CPUs, but the finer details are still under embargo for a couple hours

10:10AM EDT – Demo with 2D to 3D image conversion

10:10AM EDT – Showing a 10-core with 19.25MB L3 cache

10:11AM EDT – So that’s more than 1.375 MB L3 per core

10:12AM EDT – more demos, this time with Undreal

10:13AM EDT – Transforming the gaming industry

10:14AM EDT – Gigabit wifi to eliminate bottlenecks

10:14AM EDT – Optane memory

10:15AM EDT – The esports revolution. Intel is committed to it

10:15AM EDT – eSports exhibition in Korea

10:16AM EDT – Has PC gaming peaked? Intel believes it has only just started

10:16AM EDT – Gamers and industry people to the stage

10:16AM EDT – Gaming is now cool

10:17AM EDT – It’s hard to find 3 people who don’t play games

10:17AM EDT – VR has been a big driver for Alienware

10:17AM EDT – As a business, eSports has been amazing for Alienware

10:17AM EDT – eSports training facilities

10:18AM EDT – eSports is bigger than sports

10:18AM EDT – Traditional sports leagues are now doing crossovers

10:18AM EDT – NBA with eSports teams

10:19AM EDT – NBA is sold that this is a new mode of content

10:21AM EDT – Intel is working to bringing eSports to the olympics

10:22AM EDT – stage interviews over

10:22AM EDT – Contributions from the gaming industry

10:22AM EDT – Serious gaming requires serious performance

10:23AM EDT – Last year was the 8700K which reset the benchmark in gaming performance

10:23AM EDT – 9th Gen launch

10:23AM EDT – 9900K

10:23AM EDT – Tested against other CPUs, Intel and AMD, with 19 games. Worlds best gaming processor

10:24AM EDT – The packaging is tiny

10:25AM EDT – First 4.0 GHz broad volume CPU

10:25AM EDT – 5.0 GHz

10:25AM EDT – ‘breaking physics to deliver this’

10:25AM EDT – solder TIM

10:26AM EDT – Setting new benchmarks

10:27AM EDT – playing and streaming on the 9900K using two VMs

10:29AM EDT – Preorder today, available Oct 19th

10:30AM EDT – Broad ecosystem support from Dell, HP, Lenovo etc

10:30AM EDT – Giving away 9 trips to eSports events

10:30AM EDT – Starts Nov 5th

10:30AM EDT – Specifications will be coming

10:31AM EDT – Claudine Mangano, Director of Marketing Intel to the stage

10:32AM EDT – Tech sessions next

10:32AM EDT – Intel Blueprints

10:34AM EDT – Gaming 29% CAGR over last 3 years

10:36AM EDT – Talking about 9th Gen processors first

10:37AM EDT – First mainstream Core i9

10:37AM EDT – New Z390 chipset

10:37AM EDT – Soldered TIM

10:37AM EDT – STIM

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