Pay More for Less With the Intel Core i9-9900KF

In an ideal world, a product lacking a certain feature should cost less than a full-fledged version that comes with all the bells and whistles. However, that doesn't seem to be the case with the upcoming Intel Core i9-9900KF processor, which lacks integrated graphics yet has been priced higher than the Intel Core i9-9900K.

Credit: B&H Photo VideoCredit: B&H Photo Video

B&H Photo Video currently sells the Intel Core i9-9900K for $529.99 (~ £402.65). It recently listed the i9-9900KF iGPU-disabled chip for preorder for $582.50 (~ £442.57), which is roughly 10 percent more expensive. Both processors are based on the Coffee Lake processor microarchitecture and came out of Intel's 14nm++ process node.

In terms of performance, the Core i9-9900K and Core i9-9900KF should perform equally at 95W. Both are equipped with eight cores, 16 threads and 16MB of L3 cache. Each processor runs at a base clock speed of 3.6GHz. For both, when one or two cores are in use, the processor boosts to 5GHz and slowly drops down to 4.8GHz when four cores are active or 4.7GHz when all eight cores are loaded.

Intel Core i9-9900KF vs i9-9900K vs i9-9900 vs i9-9900T Specs 

ModelCores / ThreadsBase FrequencyBoost FrequencyMemory Support
Processor Graphics
CacheTDPMSRP 
Core i9-9900K8 / 163.6 GHz5 GHz (1 / 2 Core)
4.8 GHz (4 Core)
4.7 GHz (6 / 8 Core)
DDR4-2666
Intel UHD Graphics 630
16MB95W$488 - $499
Core i9-9900KF
8 / 16
3.6 GHz
5 GHz (1 / 2 Core)
4.8 GHz (4 Core)
4.7 GHz (6 / 8 Core)
DDR4-2666
N/A16MB
95W
$499
Core i9-99008 / 16
??DDR4-2666
Intel UHD Graphics 630
16MB
65W?
Core i9-9900T8 / 16
1.7 GHz3.8 GHz GHz (1 / 2 Core)
? GHz (4 Core)
3.3 GHz (6 / 8 Core)
DDR4-2666Intel UHD Graphics 63016MB
35W?

The i9-9900KF, set to debut this quarter, targets hardcore enthusiasts building very high-end systems employing one or multiple discrete graphics cards. However, at this price, there is little reason to pick up an Core i9-9900KF over the Core i9-9900K. And many would point out that having integrated graphics on a processor is extremely useful for diagnosing system malfunctions.

Then there's the upcoming Core i9-9900T, which recently made a short appearance on Yahoo! Auctions. But at 35W with a potential 3.3GHz all-core boost, the Core i9-9900T shouldn't be a threat to the "K" and "KF" models.

Knowing Intel, there's a high possibility it will launch the Core i9-9900 at 65W at some point.

21 comments
    Your comment
  • salgado18
    I thought you were benchmarking them... :/
  • gasaraki
    But Intel has no control over how much B&H charges. B&H can charge $1000 and if they can sell it at that price, good for them. Intel can't say "well we sold this to you at $488 and you can't sell it at X dollars".
  • gasaraki
    120171 said:
    I thought you were benchmarking them... :/


    It's a click bait article.