Intel 9th Gen Core 9000 Series Coffee Lake Specs Confirmed, 8 Cores With 5GHz Boost Its the usual good and bad news from Intel. The good news is we will finally have the ability to compare Intel 8 core consumer processors with those of AMD, while the bad news is the usual news that Intel intends to gouge everyone on prices for the indefinite future. However, Intel is facing stiff competition from AMD and their security problems with specter in particular are nothing short of spectacular fuck ups, so I assume we may see more pressure on them to lower their prices over the next year or two. Eight cores are particularly useful for crunching larger numbers, because they can process a complete matrix, saving up to 25% of the effort required. A normal eight core processor might run around 2.5ghz, AMD's newest Ryzen chips overclock to about 4.7ghz according to rumors, and exactly how much difference their clocks make requires using a variety of different benchmarks to see what they are better and worse at. For video games, six cores are enough, but eight cores will inevitably become the new standard because they can process complete matrices saving up to 25% of the effort. Currently, getting chips to go even 5ghz without resorting to exotic cooling is difficult due to the limits of silicon, but new cooling methods are being developed and we could see cheaper chips with better cooling solutions within a few years. Simply cooling an older chip better, and for dirt cheap, would dramatically bring down the prices on these kinds of chips, while the industry is focused on squeezing more performance from them by using higher speed ram and bandwidth interconnects. There was a time when selecting the processor was the most important thing, then the graphics card became more important, and now they are all reaching the point where the technology is maturing and the PC as we know it is being totally reconceived.