Anyone heard of an Intel i9 9900KF?
I hadn’t heard of the 9900KF until today. It turns out its an i9 9900K without the internal GPU.
To earn a little extra cash, I build and configure Digital Audio Workstations. If I’m building for friends or family I do it for free. If its someone I don’t know then I charge them a little for the build and configuration . Just a modest sum of £100, which isn’t a lot considering the amount of work that goes into one of these builds. Plus I’m expected to fix any minor problems that they might come across after the build is done.
A DAW must be powerful enough, reliable and stable, and above all as near silent as you can make a PC.
Mid October I got an email for a job in a nearby town. I went to see the person and to find out what his requirements were.
Although I suggested a RyZen build, his heart was set on an Intel i9 9900K, so we made a list of components for the build. He was reusing his expensive Avid sound card which was the sensible thing to do, but everything else would be new.
The final component list was just within his budget.
He was going away for a month the following week, so I suggested he waited and order the stuff when he returned. However, I was no sooner home I received a text message to say he had already ordered the stuff, and he would get in touch once he came back from his month away.
To cut a long story short. I went to build the PC today. To be honest I seen the CPU box but didn’t notice he’d swapped the 9900K for a 9900KF because it was £40 cheaper.
It wasn’t until it was time to fit the CPU that I noticed he’d swapped the CPU in the order. I then thought I better find out what the difference is between the two CPU’s. The difference is, the 9900KF doesn’t have the iGPU.
That was a problem, because we didn’t include a graphics card in the build because a DAW just simply doesn’t need one. It’s quite happy on the iGPU, and that’s all the PC would be used for apart from some web browsing.
I told him the only way to make the PC work would be purchase a graphics card, and might also mean we would have to upgrade the PSU as well.
He was a bit disappointed. He’s had the components in his house for 5 weeks, so well beyond the time he could simply return the 9900KF and replace it with the 9900K.
Buying a graphics card, and possibly another PSU was taking the build well beyond his budget, and he needed the build working today as he wanted to start a new project on Monday.
Being the thoughtful person I am, and never one to miss an opportunity.
I suggested to him that he swap me with my 8700K, but made it clear to him it had been used, was a 6 core 12 thread CPU, rather than an 8 core 16 thread CPU, was clocked slightly slower than the 9900KF, and was around £90 cheaper than the 9900KF when I purchased it.
The only thing I could do after that was to offer to build and configure the PC for free.
He asked if the 8700K would be good enough, and I could honestly tell him it was more than good enough for now, and the foreseeable future.
His eyes lit up at that point and agreed to go ahead. A quick trip home to remove my 8700K and clean it up, then returned. I built the PC, installed win 10 with the correct drivers. Installed Avid Protools and configured it to work properly with his hardware.
He was amazed at how fast and slick the PC was. That isn’t surprising as he had been using an old Core2Duo clocked at 2.4GHz, and using HDD rather than the new SSD’s I had fitted.
He’s happy, and I now have an i9 9900KF to fit into my AsRock Z370 Extreme 4.
I just hope the VRM’s on the board as as good as everyone claims they are.
I’ll find out tomorrow once I fit it, I suppose.