Intel to launch Core i9-12900KS 5.5 GHz flagship Alder Lake CPU on April 5th

Published: Mar 27th 2022, 07:19 GMT   Comments

Core i9-12900KS drops two weeks ahead of AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D

During Intel’s Talking Tech podcast, the company will discuss the upcoming Core i9-12900KS SKU. 

On April 5th Intel will build 4 PCs and talk about the latest installment in the 12th Gen Core desktop series. This CPU has been on a schedule for launch since mid-December, when we first leaked that Intel might be considering such a part for Alder Lake.

The Core i9-12900KS, a 16-core and 24-thread processor with a maximum turbo clock of 5.5 GHz, is considered a direct response to AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D part. Although it’s an 8-core CPU, it is officially set to deliver 15% higher gaming performance on average than 5900X, thanks to innovative 3D V-Cache memory.

The L2 Cache of 12900KS might not be just as big, however, the latest technology along with higher clock speeds will definitely make 5800X3D product launch harder, especially because this part launch on April 20th, so two weeks after 12900KS.

Just recently, Newegg has begun selling the CPU ahead of the launch, indirectly confirming the MSRP of 799 USD. It is by no means a cheap processor and almost twice as expensive as Ryzen 7 5800X3D (449 USD), assuming that Newegg’s price is really the suggested retail price.

Intel Core i9-12900KS CPU, Source: Newegg

Intel i9-12900KS has increased clock speeds by 100 MHz for Efficient cores and 200 to 300 MHz higher for Performance Cores. The CPU introduces Thermal Boost Velocity with 5.5 GHz as well as higher base power of 150W.

Intel 12th Gen Core Series “Alder Lake-S”
VideoCardzCores/ThreadsE-CoresP-coresL2 + L3iGPUPBP / MTPMSRP
2.5 / 4.0 GHz3.4 / 5.5 GHz14 + 30MBUHD770150 / 241W$739
2.4 / 3.9 GHz3.2 / 5.2 GHz14 + 30MBUHD770125 / 241W$589
2.4 / 3.9 GHz3.2 / 5.2 GHz14 + 30MB125 / 241W$564
1.8 / 3.8 GHz2.4 / 5.1 GHz14 + 30MBUHD77065 / 202W$489
1.8 / 3.8 GHz2.4 / 5.1 GHz14 + 30MB65 / 202W$464

Source: Intel via Wccftech

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