Intel has officially announced its new Core i9-12900KS processoran unlocked version of its flagship Core i9-12900K that pushes the maximum increased clock speed even higher to 5.5GHz for what the company claims is “the fastest desktop processor in the world” and “the ultimate gaming experience.”
The Core i9-12900KS shares much in common with the hardware of its predecessors, including the same 16 cores (split into eight Performance cores and eight Efficient cores) and 24 threads and 30MB of L3 cache memory. But Intel has bumped up base power from 125W to 150W and has made the Core i9-12900KS run unlocked, allowing it to run up to 5.5GHz on up to two cores (compared to the maximum speed of 5.2GHz on the regular i9-12900K).
For those who keep up at home, AMD also recently claimed the title of the world’s fastest gaming CPU, earlier in March when it announced availability for its new Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor. Like Intel, AMD offers a souped-up version of its older model (in this case, the Ryzen 7 5800), though AMD’s differs by introducing a new, 3D V-Cache technology to deliver speeds it believes could be surpassed by others. Core i9-12900K.
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is significantly cheaper than the Core i9-12900KS, with a price tag of $449 compared to Intel’s sticker price of $739. But Intel does AMD solid on pure processing frequency – the Ryzen 7 5800X3D only has a maximum boosted clock speed of 4. .5 GHz, compared to the maximum speed of 5.5 GHz on Intel’s new chip.
However the Ryzen 7 5800X3D fares again, the newly announced Core i9-12900KS will have to wait for both chips to arrive in April and be able to be tested against each other. AMD will also get another shot at the crown later this year, when its Ryzen 7000 desktop chips arrive in the second half of 2022.
The Core i9-12900KS will be available April 5 for a suggested retail price of $739. That’s a significant increase from the $589 recommended price tag for the Core i9-12900K, which itself is nearly impossible to find at Intel’s recommended price (most retailers these days charge at least $600, if not more, for the Core i9-12900K). In other words, you should probably expect to spend some extra cash on top of that $739 number for the Core i9-12900KS when it arrives next month.