Intel Core i9-12900KS: Retailer reveals 150 W base power and high pricing for upcoming flagship Alder Lake processor
Leaker @momomo_us has discovered how much the Core i9-12900KS could cost, Intel's flagship Alder Lake processor. While Intel unveiled the Core i9-12900KS at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, the processor remains unreleased. In fact, Intel is yet even to confirm the processor's clock speeds beyond its 5.5 GHz boost clock. However, this only applies to its performance cores, known as P-cores.
For reference, the Core i9-12900KS has 8 P-cores, 8 E cores and 24 threads, matching the Core i9-12900K. The Core i9-12900KS is unlocked and pre-binned though, which explains why it can boost its P-cores to 5.5 GHz. As the screenshots below show, an undisclosed retailer has listed the LGA1700 processor for US$780.79 and US$791.74, nearly a third more expensive than the Core i9-12900K.
It is worth keeping in mind that @momomo_us has not explained if these prices include sales taxes. VideoCardz notes that these prices could be placeholders, too. Still, the listings report the Core i9-12900KS as a 150 W processor (PBP), 25 W higher than the Core i9-12900K. PBP only represents the Core i9-12900KS' base power; the Core i9-12900K is rated for up to 241 W (MTP). Intel is tipped to launch the Core i9-12900KS this quarter, but that estimation may apply to just the US.