Intel has revealed their first 6GHz processor, the i9-13900KS
Maximised performance, but at limited volumes
Published: 28th September 2022 | Source: Intel |
Intel has revealed its fastest ever desktop processor
Following the reveal of their 13th generation Raptor Lake series of processors, Intel revealed their first 6.0 GHz processor, the i9-13900KS. Essentially, the i9-13900KS is a higher clocked i9-13900K processor, offering users higher core clock speeds out of the box. This higher-end CPU model will be available in early 2023 in limited volumes.
With this processor, Intel has become the first CPU company to hit the 6 GHz barrier. Previously, these kinds of overclocks were exclusive to enthusiasts who uses sub-zero cooling solutions, making a 6+ GHz overclock a feat for hyper enthusiasts. Next year, CPUs with out-of-the-box 6GHz clock speeds will be available, delivering extremely high levels of single-threaded performance to the masses.
Currently, it is unknown how much Intel's limited edition KS series processor will cost, though we expect it to have a significant price premium over the company's standard i9-13900K. Intel's last-generation i9-12900KS had a $150 premium over its standard counterpart, so don't expect Intel's i9-13900KS CPU to be cheap.
We expect Intel to launch their i9-13900KS processor to counter AMD's planned launch of V-Cache enhanced Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 series processors. These processors promise to deliver a significant boost to AMD's gaming performance, potentially placing Intel in a difficult position.