The ninth generation of Intel processors is fast approaching, and rumors are coming down like rain in recent weeks. We just heard about the specs for the upcoming i9, i7, and i5 ninth generation processors, and now we have more news pertaining to the i7 part of that equation.
Hyper-threading has been a staple in Intel processors for years, so it’s surprising that the upcoming i7-9700k CPU will not be carrying that feature. The CPU will supposedly be featuring 8 cores and 12 threads, but none of those cores will be able to hyper-thread like the i7-8700k processor that came before it. The processor may be relying on a 3.6GHz base clock with a 4.6GHz overclock speed, but it will still lose to the 8700k in battle when trying to do multi-threaded applications.
Hyper-threading is when a processor has two logical processors per core. These processors can work independent of one another while sharing the same resources, execution engine, caches, and system bus interface. This eliminates the need for a separate processor and can accomplish tasks more quickly than a standard processor. The new 9700k will come from a boost in raw power, but it’s multi-tasking capabilities are going to be limited.