Intel Core i9-12900KS Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Intel Core i9-12900KS Review


It seems like April is the month where manufacturers release slightly updated versions of already very capable products.

We have only just recovered from seeing the Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti when the Intel Core i9-12900KS arrived on our desk. It was the tail end of last year when we looked at the regular Core i9-12900K, and found it to be an extremely fast processor at a reasonable price, if something that ran far too hot for any cooling we had on hand.

The Core i9-12900KS promises to be quicker still, but the million dollar question is as to whether they have tamed those high temperatures, and whether the increase in clock speed on both the Performance Cores and Efficiency Cores is enough to justify the not-inconsiderable extra cost of this new flagship LGA1700 model.

Being something that is basically identical to something we've seen before, albeit refined, there is nothing new to tell you at the start, so let's get busy giving you a quick look at the specifications and very flashy packaging, before we find out how it compares to the regular Core i9-12900K.

Technical Specifications

The Core i9-12900KS is to the 12900K what the RTX 3090 Ti was to the RTX 3090. It's a refined, slightly tweaked model that is just a little bit more than the model it supersedes. It's not a revolution, but an evolution. Is that enough to keep us champing at the bit to own one?Intel Core i9-12900KS Review  

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Most Recent Comments

13-04-2022, 12:34:26

overpriced ... not much more to say.

as most reviewers pointed out, the performance is bad for the price.Quote

13-04-2022, 13:12:18

Idk myself in my view it's not overpriced really as they are doing what sites done years ago and would have charged the same kind of costs if not higher, also if you'd been doing this yourself trying to find such a chip well that would work out majorly expensive.

The main difference and tbh it's smart by intel is they are profiting from the chips rather than external sources.

If you look at it as a comparison to the normal version then it's obviously not really worth it to you as your missing the point that to some out there it's worth alot too.

Myself i never had golden chips or ever looked for them but for those that do this is a good option on something that died off over the years as the gap got smaller and so not as promising enough to be viable for the sites to run.Quote

15-04-2022, 12:10:32

It is not worth it for most people but if you want to overclock and push your CPU to the edge I would recommend this over the regular one. Here is why:

My very good friend saved money for months and he bought himself a new system. 9900K Strix Z390-E board and Kraken X62 cooler with a plan that he doesn't need 9900KS, and he will just OC 9900K close to those speeds. But...

I think that he got the worst 9900K on the continent. No matter what we did it wouldn't go past 4.9GHz all core. And he really wanted to reach 5. He then went and bought a custom WC loop so we could ramp voltages a bit more without the CPU soldering itself to the motherboard, again, it wouldn't budge. He always wanted a custom loop, this was an excuse to go and do it. Then he ordered a de-lid kit from Rokit. After days of waiting we de-lided the chip and lapped it. But no matter what we did it wouldn't go past 4.9GHz all core.

The sadness and disappointment on his face when he settled on 4.9GHz... OMG Just buy KS. Those $150 more are nothing.

Don't get me wrong, he would have probably water-cooled and de-lided 9900KS but those $150 extra guarantees you that you won't get a dud. And trust me, after being with him through all the pain and suffering I would gladly pay extra for KS at any time if I was building a balls to the wall system.

It is that enthusiast thing that we all have in us, and we pay more for the privilege.Quote

23-04-2022, 23:23:07

I can get 5.20GHz completely stable on my 12900K on all p-cores and 4GHz on all e-cores, Performance vs this is practically identical, I legit like seeing binned products though as to me it's very nostalgic of days gone when overclocking gave pretty huge tangible benefits and we'd see special Extreme versions of CPU's.Quote

25-04-2022, 13:01:25

TBH having used both for the type of gaming I do, I would rather use a 5950X.Quote

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