B&H Photo and Video, a large retail chain from the USA, has started to list Intel’s Core i9-9900KF processor. The CPU is yet to become available, but since B&H is (as far as we can tell) the only company in the country to offer the product so far, it charges a hefty premium. In fact, the listing for the Core i9-9900KF without integreated graphics has a price more than that of the Core i9-9900K with integrated graphics which is in stock.

The Core i9-9900KF has eight Hyper-Threaded cores that operate at 3.6-5.0 GHz, is equipped with a 16 MB L3 cache, features a dual-channel DDR4-2666 memory controller, and is rated for a 95 W TDP. The CPU features an unlocked multiplier and is aimed at enthusiasts who do not need integrated graphics as they use discrete graphics. The processor was released mainly becase it enables Intel to meet demand for its eight-core CPUs for mainstream platform. Officially, Intel’s Core i9-9900K and Core i9-9900KF processors cost $488 in 1000-unit quantities, but their retail prices vary greatly.

B&H offers to pre-order the Core i9-9900KF for $582.50, whereas the Core i9-9900K is actually available for $530, or for $52.50 less. Possibly because the number of Core i9-9900KF processors that B&H had managed to procure is limited, the company is selling them at a premium even though they lack a useful feature. Either that, or this is a place holder price.

Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs
AnandTech Cores Base
DDR4 TDP Price
i9-9900K 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz UHD 630 1200 2666 95 W $488
i9-9900KF 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz - - 2666 95 W $488
i7-9700K 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz UHD 630 1200 2666 95 W $374
i7-9700KF 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz - - 2666 95 W $374
i5-9600K 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz UHD 630 1150 2666 95 W $262
i5-9600KF 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz - - 2666 95 W $262
i5-9400 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz UHD 630 1050 2666 65 W $182
i5-9400F 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz - - 2666 65 W $182
i3-9350KF 4 / 4 4.0 GHz 4.6 GHz - - 2400 91 W $173
Relevant Intel 8th Gen Core CPUs
i3-8350K 4 / 4 4.0 GHz - UHD 630 1150 2400 91 W $168
i3-8100 4 / 4 3.6 GHz - UHD 630 1100 2400 65 W $117
i3-8100F 4 / 4 3.6 GHz - - - 2400 65 W $117

Earlier in January Intel added six more CPUs to its 9th Gen Core lineup: the eight-core Core i9-9900KF and Core i7-9700KF; the six-core Core i5-9600KF and Core i5-9400F; as well as the quad-core Core i3-9350KF. According to Intel’s current terminology, the processors with model numbers ending with F lack integrated graphics, so these new CPUs will mainly target PCs that have to use discrete graphics. 

The i9-9900K Packaging

Other retailers are also starting to list the F processors. In the UK, Scan is offering the 9900KF in retail packaging for £510 at pre-order (compared to the 9900K at £500), as well as the Core i5-9400F at £190 listed as in stock.

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Source: B&H

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  • woggs - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - link

    Unless Intel provides samples making claims of this directly, it's a waste of time. There is no claim of it that I'm aware of. And if it were true, Intel would charge a premium and put it in all the marketing, but are not. So, it seems B&H is counting on some customer stupidity.
  • Lord of the Bored - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - link

    Intel's charging the same price for less. That's basically asking a premium.
  • Samus - Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - link

    Physically improbable because the iGPU is still essentially deactivated (until you use a feature of it - like Quicksync) when using a dGPU. I'll believe it when I see it, but until then, I don't see how fusing off a feature that would otherwise be inactive on a system with a dGPU will have any meaningful benefit.
  • Khenglish - Friday, February 1, 2019 - link

    Nothing prevents someone from powering off the iGPU of a fully functional K series in bios. The iGPU has its own power plane separate from the rest of the GPU and it is fully powered down if diabled in BIOS. Then you get the same thing as a KF, but always have the option of turning on the iGPU for more display outputs or dGPU debugging... for the same price.

    The iGPU burns a few hundred mW at idle even if left on. It is very negligible.
  • paul sss - Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - link

    soon they will release a program taht takes advantge of that igp for other processing and this will be even a greater dud. you can use the igp in premier pro
  • Samus - Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - link

    That's the worst part of this. They are really screwing over customers (and developers) that use iGPU-based extensions because now there are going to be a metric fuckton of chips out in the wild that are in a series of chips that have historically been compatible with these extensions.

    Until now, it was understood the only Intel CPU's NOT supporting, for example, QSV, were Xeons, and very early Sandy Bridge-based Pentiums and Celerons. Almost every CPU Intel has made since Ivy Bridge has had QSV extensions and they have added industry-leading hardware decoding across the board since Haswell.

    Nice way to roll it backwards, Intel.
  • abrowne1993 - Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - link

    lol fuck you too, Intel
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - link

    The best part is going to be idiots buying this because it will "overclock better", even though it's been explained several times why that technically won't be the case. Also, why would these even be good bins? If there's a chance the GPU doesn't work on these because of a defect, then there's nothing whatsoever to suggest the CPU will be a great specimen.
  • tezcan - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    I'm pretty sure it is the same exact silicon, except the KF has a Faulty GPU in it, hence the F in the name KF. If the GPU is not in use it is most likely fully powered down by Intel's power management, which is no hard things for any IC to do these days, let alone a CPU which is doing this non stop. I am an enthusiast but would still prefer the free GPU in case that rig becomes a server or something one day or I need to pull out my GPU.
  • eastcoast_pete - Sunday, February 3, 2019 - link

    In addition to the obvious lunacy of paying more for less (loose the iGPU? That'll cost you), this whole F-series (disabled iGPU) from Intel brings something else to mind: For a number of years, GPU-assisted computing was seen as the "next big thing", and, for dGPUs and certain applications, it actually makes sense and even happened. A professional high-end graphics card (Nvidia Titan and others) is now more likely to be used for number crunching for deep learning and other computing challenges. Of course, the iGPU on Intel's dies is nowhere near that speed and capability, but, is it really so incapable of helping with floating point-type tasks? Really disappointing that this circuitry is not used beyond showing the Windows desktop.

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