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Newegg confirms missing Intel Core i9-12900KS specifications and US pricing with product listing

The Core i9-12900KS should officially launch soon as 'the world's fastest desktop processor'. (Image source: Intel via Newegg)
The Core i9-12900KS should officially launch soon as 'the world's fastest desktop processor'. (Image source: Intel via Newegg)
Newegg has started selling the Intel Core i9-12900KS ahead of its official release. In doing so, the retailer has seemingly confirmed the processor's final pricing and its remaining specifications.

The Core i9-12900KS is already a known quantity, with Intel having presented the desktop processor in January at CES 2022. However, the company was quiet on a few details, which retailers like ShopBLT did not reveal. While Intel has not listed the Core i9-12900KS on its ARK database, Newegg has confirmed more specifications, including differences between KS and the Core i9-12900K.

Specifically, the Core i9-12900KS has 200 MHz higher base clock speeds on its P-cores than the Core i9-12900K. Additionally, Newegg describes the Core i9-12900KS as having 5.5 GHz boost clocks on the same cores using Thermal Velocity Boost. In other words, the Core i9-12900KS should deliver a 300 MHz uplift over the Core i9-12900K in this regard.

Moreover, the listing states Intel has clocked the KS' E-cores at 100 MHz higher than the Core i9-12900K. These clock speed differences do not require more power though, at least officially. As the screenshot below shows, Newegg reports that the Core i9-12900KS has a 241 W Maximum Turbo Power (MTP), also known as PL2. While this matches the Core i9-12900K, the KS has a 25 W higher Processor Base Power (PBP) at 150 W.

Furthermore, Newegg is selling the Core i9-12900KS for US$799.99, not US$781 as ShopBLT did in February. In short, the Core i9-12900KS will cost US$210 more than the Core i9-12900K, a huge price difference for the benefit of greater overclocking potential. Unfortunately, Intel has not confirmed when the Core i9-12900KS will officially land, although it speculates that this could even be today.

(Image source: Newegg)
(Image source: Newegg)
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Alex Alderson, 2022-03-25 (Update: 2022-03-25)