This rumour in particular is pretty believable.
Max of 10 cores on a ring bus so that you get the best gaming performance? Check, we've known at least since Ivy Bridge that Intel's ring bus tops out at 10 cores.
No claims of IPC improvement? Check, it's just another iteration of Skylake, maxed out on the ring bus in terms of cores, with the predictable improvements going into getting the most out of single threaded performance (perhaps 5.1 or 5.2 Ghz on 1 or 2 cores) and then getting the highest clocks possible on 4 and 6 core loads in order to get the best real world performance in games.
125w TDP for the 10 core part(s)? Check, seems pretty believable. Well, at least as believable as the 9900K being a 95w TDP CPU, but that's another story.
DDR4 2666 support with possible 2933 support once further validation is complete? Seems believable, although actually underwhelming considering what their IMC's can do as of right now.
Further improvements in terms of iGPU codec support? Check, it's the usual yearly updates.
Still only 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0 from the CPU, i.e, no PCIe 4.0? Check.
New socket? Check, it doesn't get more 'Intel' than this.
Availability only in 2020? Check, The 9900KS will be arriving in Q4 of this year, so the timeline makes sense.
The price? The top of the line will be competing with the 3900X, winning in games by a bit more than the 9900K, but it will probably lose a lot of tests in multithreaded, unless they really crank up the clocks and throw efficiency out the door for good. They will have to price it the same as the 9900K at most. AMD has a better platform, a head start and most probably better efficiency considering that Intel will still make these on 14nm++(+). Also, AMD will have a 16C/32T CPU for the mainstream socket by then.
Last edited by tpi2007; 07-22-2019 at 04:05 AM.