If every letter has a special meaning for a feature in a product, and a product portfolio offers a mix and match of those features, then eventually a combination of letters will end up with a secondary meaning. Today we’re seeing the beginning of the Kentucky Fried version of Intel: in the latest changelog to AIDA64, a well-known utility for system identification and testing, the company behind the software has added in the hooks and details for the Core i9-9900KFC.

This CPU is as-yet unannounced by Intel. Software houses like the one behind AIDA, as well as OEMs, have to design software (and hardware) in advance of future products, and so they need to know the specifications and details in advance as well. It just so happens that sometimes those parts get listed in updates and changelogs, which is the case here.

No other details other than the name are given, although we can infer a few things. Intel’s K processor line means that the processor will be overclockable, and the i9-9900 means that it will be using the fastest speeds of the generation. F processors are new to Intel’s lineup, and mean that the processor doesn’t have integrated graphics, and users will need a discrete graphics card to use the chip.

The letter causing confusion however, is the C. In the past, Intel used ‘C’ to designate the Broadwell CPUs that had improved integrated graphics. This would fly in the face of the ‘F’ part of the name. However, those C processors also contained a small amount of eDRAM to act as a buffer between the L3 cache and the CPU. In our testing of those processors, it only really gave extra performance to integrated graphics workloads, which is where those Broadwell processors were focused.

But if the naming holds true here, then Intel might be set to offer eDRAM on its high-end eight core processors. Given that we saw benchmark performance increases only on a couple of benchmarks, it will be interesting to hear what Intel has to say about the added benefits are here. Having a non-integrated graphics part with extra hardware to improve graphics performance is like a double edged sword, except with no swords and two hilts.

But at least it is deep fried and from Kentucky, right? This chip needs some dip.

We've reached out to the people behind AIDA, and Intel, for extra clarity on this processor.

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Source: AIDA64

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  • Rocket321 - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Yes, I'll have the "extra clarity" please
  • BigMamaInHouse - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - link

    I think it's gonna be without IHS, just for Overclockers.
    Great for overclokers, cheaper to manufacture.
  • Opencg - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - link

    I want a KFC processor but I heard they are made at D1X
  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - link

    Let me help. It was a joke on "extra crispy". /smh
  • prophet001 - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - link

    Mmm is that ranch?

    I love ranch.
  • shabby - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Does this one use the new oily thermal paste?
  • BigMamaInHouse - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - link

    Nope- I think Carbon based thermal pad (like on Radeon VII) instead of sTim.
  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - link

    LOL someone missed that joke badly.
  • peevee - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    I would love to see real-world perfofrmance of a system with, say, 4GB of eDRAM on the package and xPoint in DIMM slots (on even on PCIe4 x16 as OS swap disk and storage). I bet both performance and power can be better than a regular system with 16+GB of DDR4 and flash.
  • domboy - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Surprised nobody has asked the obvious questions - original, extra crispy, or grilled? Will there be a popcorn variety?

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