Intel Core i9-12900KS: Intel's most powerful Alder Lake-S processor launches at a lower than expected price
Intel has finally announced the Core i9-12900KS, a processor that it teased in January at CES 2022. As expected, the Core i9-12900KS is an unlocked processor with 16 cores split evenly between efficiency and performance clusters, matching the rest of the Core i9-12900 series. Additionally, the Core i9-12900KS can boost to 5.5 GHz, 300 MHz higher than the Core i9-12900K. In a press release, Intel writes:
Intel continues to push the envelope for desktop gaming with the new 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900KS processor. Based on Intel's 12th Gen performance hybrid architecture, this processor can hit 5.5 GHz on up to two cores for the first time, giving the most extreme gamers the ability to maximize performance.
Moreover, the Core i9-12900KS has a 150 W base power (PBP), up from the 125 W that the Core i9-12900K and Core i9-12900KF offer. However, the Core i9-12900KS matches its siblings for Maximum Turbo Power (MTP), which remains at 241 W. Likewise, the Core i9-12900KS maintains the family's 14 MB of L2 cache and 30 MB of L3 cache. Also, the processor has a UHD Graphics 770 integrated GPU and supports up to DDR5-4800 RAM.
The Core i9-12900KS will be available from April 5 at a US$739 MSRP. For reference, Newegg suggested that Intel would launch the Core i9-12900KS for US$799.99, not US$739. Supposedly, the processor will be available worldwide boxed or within pre-built systems. Intel states that the Core i9-12900KS will be compatible with existing Z690 motherboards, although it has not confirmed how many processors it has created.