Intel's Special Edition i9-12900KS starts selling in the US for $799

Intel has a new flagship desktop CPU

Intel's Special Edition i9-12900KS start selling in the US for $799

Intel's Special Edition i9-12900KS boosts to 5.5GHz and is shipping for $799

The US retailer Newegg has started selling Intel's new i9-12900KS processor, a "Special Edition" Intel processor that can boost its P-Cores up to 5.5GHz out of the box. This boost clock speed is 300MHz higher than a standard i9-12900K

The "Special Edition" labelling of this processor, and its premium pricing over Intel's standard i9-12900K suggests that Intel's newest i9 will be available in limited quantities. In essence, the i9-12900KS is a highly binned i9-12900K with higher core clock speeds. Owners will be paying to an out of the box overclock, and paying a $200 premium for it. 

Below is how the specifications of Intel's i9-12900KS compares to the i9-12900K. As you can see, all clock speeds on the i9-12900KS are higher, but only be a few hundred MHz. In reality, these clock speed differences will have a relatively small impact.

 Intel i9-12900KIntel i9-12900KS

P-Cores Thermal Velocity
Boost Frequency

5.5 GHz-
P-Cores Turbo Boost 3.0
5.3 GHz5.2 GHz
P-Cores Max Turbo Frequency5.2 GHz5.1 GHz
P-Cores Base Frequency3.4 GHz3.2 GHz
E-Cores Max Turbo Boost
4.0 GHz3.9 GHz
E-Cores Base Frequency2.5 GHz2.4 GHz


For those looking for Intel's highest performing desktop processor, the i9-12900KS is the processor for you. That said, the standard i9-12900K will offer users similar performance levels at a much lower price. The i9-12900KS is a product for those that demand to have Intel's highest performing processor.  

Intel's Special Edition i9-12900KS start selling in the US for $799

At this time, no UK retailers currently sell Intel's i9-12900KS processor. 

You can join the discussion on Intel's i9-12900KS processor appearing in the US for $799 on the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

25-03-2022, 11:31:36

..boosts to 5.5Ghz!!!

for about 5 seconds.Quote

25-03-2022, 12:10:55

Clock vs clock isnt the best comparison tbh IPC is far more important but intel would market it differently when it suits them.Quote

25-03-2022, 14:19:05

The table entries are the wrong road round. You are showing the opposite of the Intel claim.Quote

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