Intel Core i9-13900KS: 24 cores and 6 GHz to launch next week
The CPU was not announced today, but it made a brief appearance on a Chinese retail website.
The information was picked up by @wnxod who discovered the entry of Intel’s flagship 24-core desktop CPU on a Chinese website. The materials appear to match Intel’s own official materials which are used on a retail platform called JD. The Core i9-13900KS is no longer listed there, but thanks to the user, we now have a confirmation on the processor packaging design as well as basic specs.
The box looks just about the same as Core i9-13900K, the plastic wafer inside is of the same color. The only difference is the label ‘Special Edition’, in this case written in Chinese. This matches the last-gen Special Edition CPU, which is, in fact, used by Intel for comparison.
The Core i9-12900KS is a 16-core version with increased clocks to 5.5 GHz and a default TDP of 150W. The same TDP will apply to Core i9-13900KS, except this CPU will get eight more Efficient cores (so 24 cores in total) and even higher clocks, now reaching up to 6.0 GHz.
We already know more about this upcoming processor, such as the fact it will also have a higher base clock of 3.2 GHz compared to i9-13900K at 3.0 GHz. Interestingly, no changes to the Efficient core frequency will be applied.
According to the rumors, Core i9-13900KS should launch on January 12th. Despite the fact a larger number of 13th Gen Core desktop CPUs were announced today, Intel did not reveal the KS variant just yet.
Update: The CPU is already on sale in France with a price tag of €949.96. This means it costs €180 more than Core i9-13900K at the same store.