Intel's Special Edition i9-12900KS starts selling in the US for $799
Intel has a new flagship desktop CPU
Published: 25th March 2022 | Source: Newegg US |
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 i9-12900K||Intel i9-12900KS|
P-Cores Thermal Velocity
|P-Cores Turbo Boost 3.0 |
|5.3 GHz||5.2 GHz|
|P-Cores Max Turbo Frequency||5.2 GHz||5.1 GHz|
|P-Cores Base Frequency||3.4 GHz||3.2 GHz|
|E-Cores Max Turbo Boost |
|4.0 GHz||3.9 GHz|
|E-Cores Base Frequency||2.5 GHz||2.4 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.
At this time, no UK retailers currently sell Intel's i9-12900KS processor.
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