Intel has launched the "world's fastest desktop processor" - Intel Core i9-12900KS, which is capable of offering up to 5.5GHz max turbo frequency.
The Intel Core i9-12900KS is an unlocked version of the existing Core i9-12900K that costs around $700. They both have the same 16-core design along with 24 threads available for the regular flagship Core i9 processor.
However, the main difference between the Core i9-12900KS and the previous desktop processor Core i9-12900K with 125W is that Intel has upgraded the base power of the latest release to 150W to deliver a faster clock speed on up to two cores.
Intel Core i9-12900KS price, availability
According to Intel's blog post, the Intel Core i9-12900KS price starts at $739 (roughly N300,000), while the availability, it will be from April 5th, 2022.
Intel Core i9-12900KS specifications
The Intel Core i9-12900KS supports up to 5.5GHz on up to two cores, which is definitely faster than the maximum clock speed of 5.2GHz available on the 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K processor.
Up to 5.5 GHz max turbo frequency with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost.
Intel Adaptive Boost Technology for improved gaming performance by opportunistically allowing higher multi-core turbo frequencies.
16 cores (eight P-cores and eight E-cores), 24 threads, 150W processor base power, 30MB Intel Smart Cache, and PCIe Gen 5.0 and 4.0 support.
Up to DDR5 4800 MT/s and DDR4 3200 MT/s support.
Chipset compatible with existing Z690 motherboards with the latest BIOS recommended for the best gaming experience.
In addition to the above list, the new desktop processor comes with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost technology. This technology helps users with overclocking, at the same time making sure the processor's temperature is balanced. Also, the processor has a 16-core design, that brings eight P-cores and eight E-cores similar to the Core i9-12900K.
This release is a direct competitor to AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D coming in April this year. So gamers have a lot of options to choose from for their computer.