Intel Core i9-12900KS is said to be the world’s fastest desktop processor with 5.5GHz speeds. Intel has officially announced its new Core i9-12900KS processor, an unlocked version of its flagship Core i9-12900K that ups the maximum boosted clock speed even higher to 5.5GHz for what the company claims is “the world’s fastest desktop processor” and “the ultimate gaming experience.”
Intel has revealed the pricing and availability details of its 12th-Gen Intel Core i9-12900KS special edition processor, which the company claims is the “world’s fastest desktop processor.” The new Intel CPU comes with various advanced technologies that can deliver the desired performance for enthusiasts and gamers alike. So, let’s take a look at the key specs of the latest Intel processor.
Key features and capabilities of the i9-12900KS include:
- Up to 5.5 GHz max turbo frequency with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost.
- Intel Adaptive Boost Technology for improved gaming performance by opportunistically allowing higher multi-core turbo frequencies.
- 16 cores (eight P-cores and eight E-cores), 24 threads, 150W processor base power, 30MB Intel Smart Cache, and PCIe Gen 5.0 and 4.0 support.
- Up to DDR5 4800 MT/s and DDR4 3200 MT/s support.
- Chipset compatible with existing Z690 motherboards with the latest BIOS recommended for the best gaming experience.
Intel Core i9-129000KS 5.5GHz Review
The Intel Core i9-12900KS CPU comes as a premium, high-performance 12th-Gen Intel processor for desktops with up to 5.5GHz max turbo frequency. The CPU can hit its max frequency on up to two cores for the first time to deliver extreme gaming performance.
The processor has 16 cores (eight Performance-cores and eight Efficiency-cores) and 24 threads. It also comes with a 150W base power and 30MB Intel Smart Cache.
In addition, the i9-12900KS also comes with Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost and Adaptive Boost technologies to tackle thermal issues and provide extra power. It also supports up to DDR5 4800 MT/s and DDR4 3200 MT/s RAM, PCIe Gen 4.0 and 5.0, and is also compatible with existing Z690 motherboards.
Comparing it to the Intel Core i9-12900HK, which was released earlier this year at CES 2022 and delivers up to 5GHz max frequency with 14 cores, the i9-12900KS is clearly the superior one with more cores and a higher max frequency. It also has an edge over rival chips from AMD, including the Ryzen 9 5900X, which comes with a base clock speed of 4.8GHz.
Intel Core i9-12900KS price and availability
The Core i9-12900KS will be available starting April 5th for a recommended consumer price of $739. That marks a significant increase over the recommended $589 price tag for the Core i9-12900K, which itself is almost impossible to find at Intel’s recommended price (most retailers charge at least $600, if not more, for the Core i9-12900K today). In other words, you should probably expect to have to shell out some extra cash beyond that $739 number for the Core i9-12900KS when it arrives next month.