Apparently, Intel is working on new F-series desktop processors, and the interesting thing about these is that they won't include integrated graphics. This isn't uncommon in Xeon CPUs, but Intel hasn't done this on mainstream Core processors in years. The idea is that these SKUs are meant to be used with discrete graphics.
As spotted by Tom's Hardware, four F-series configurations have shown up on Norwegian and Finnish websites, including the Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, Core i5-9600KF, and Core i5-9400F. All three KF models should be unlocked for overclocking with a 95W TDP, and the i5-9400F won't be unlocked, and it should have a 65W TDP.
These are the prices listed:
|Pre-VAT Pricing - Converted to USD||Norwegian Listing||Finnish Listing|
|Intel Core i9-9900KF||$684.07||
|Intel Core i7-9700KF||$528.17||N/A|
|Intel Core i5-9600KF||$355.70||$188.34|
|Intel Core i5-9400F||$255.15||N/A|
The report speculates that these chips might actually still include graphics units, but they won't be activated, as this would be easier than fabricating a redesigned die. It would also allow the firm to sell CPUs that have defective graphics.
But the most obvious benefit is that this could allow for more power to the processor. Without the integrated graphics generating heat, it gives more freedom to overclock the CPU.
The retailers websites say that the chips will be in stock on January 3, so this will likely be a pre-CES announcement.