Intel launches 12th Gen 5.5 GHz Intel Core i9-12900KS


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What’s New: Intel today announced full details and availability for the new 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900KS, the world’s fastest desktop processor1. It delivers up to 5.5 GHz max turbo frequency — in spec with Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost and features Intel® Adaptive Boost Technology (Intel® ABT) to provide the ultimate gaming experience.

“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.”
–Marcus Kennedy, general manager of Gaming, Creator & Esports Segment at Intel

Why It Matters: The unlocked i9-12900KS processor is the ultimate processor for enthusiasts and gamers who want the fastest processor available. With 16 cores (eight Performance-cores and eight Efficient-cores) and 24 threads, and up to 5.5 GHz max turbo frequency, 150W processor base power and 30MB Intel® Smart Cache for even more gaming power and performance.

What It Offers: Key features and capabilities of the i9-12900KS include:
  • Up to 5.5 GHz max turbo frequency with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost.
  • Intel Adaptive Boost Technology for improved gaming performance by opportunistically allowing higher multi-core turbo frequencies.
  • 16 cores (eight P-cores and eight E-cores), 24 threads, 150W processor base power, 30MB Intel Smart Cache, and PCIe Gen 5.0 and 4.0 support.
  • Up to DDR5 4800 MT/s and DDR4 3200 MT/s support.
  • Chipset compatible with existing Z690 motherboards with latest BIOS recommended for the best gaming experience.
The i9-12900KS processor allows gamers and overclocking enthusiasts to take performance to the next level.

When It’s Available: This special edition processor will be available beginning April 5 with a recommended customer price starting at $739. It can be found at retailers worldwide as a boxed processor and integrated into systems from Intel’s channel and OEM partners.

More Context: 12th Gen Intel Core Gaming

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Just a little out of my price range. :cool:
 

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I'm sure some reviewers will kill it cause "it's not a good overclocker" ;-)

Anyway, when I do my new build next year, this will definitely be the one to go for.
 

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The downside with these new CPUs is they require water cooling for optimum performance. Water cooling is fun at the beginning. But too much work to maintain the PC. I only water cooled once just for experience. 😁 I am back to giant air coolers.
 

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The downside with these new CPUs is they require water cooling for optimum performance. Water cooling is fun at the beginning. But too much work to maintain the PC. I only water cooled once just for experience. 😁 I am back to giant air coolers.
I think it's too early to say what cooling said CPU needs. And how would you define water cooling - custom or AIO (All-In-One) closed loop system such as Corsair's H115i Pro, which I'm currently using on my i9-9900K.

Now I understand my 9900K isn't a 16-Core processor running at 5.5gig out the box, but I know many use such coolers when overclocking to those speeds. Anyway, once the processor is out in the wild and fully tested, I guess that's when we'll find out what cooling issues there are and what's the best solution.

If said processor does require extensive cooling, it may limit the amount of sales moving forward.
 

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I think it's too early to say what cooling said CPU needs. And how would you define water cooling - custom or AIO (All-In-One) closed loop system such as Corsair's H115i Pro, which I'm currently using on my i9-9900K.

Now I understand my 9900K isn't a 16-Core processor running at 5.5gig out the box, but I know many use such coolers when overclocking to those speeds. Anyway, once the processor is out in the wild and fully tested, I guess that's when we'll find out what cooling issues there are and what's the best solution.

If said processor does require extensive cooling, it may limit the amount of sales moving forward.
Air cooler will work on anything. But of course if the specs say "water cooling recommended", that means you won't be able to maximize it's power. I was looking at R9 5950X but settled with 3900X because 5950X recommends water cooling. Just me and my laziness with water cooling. 😁
 

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Well, I'll see what the reviews say, and go from there whenever get one. That won't be until next year so...
 

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Air cooler will work on anything. But of course if the specs say "water cooling recommended", that means you won't be able to maximize it's power. I was looking at R9 5950X but settled with 3900X because 5950X recommends water cooling. Just me and my laziness with water cooling. 😁
I don't water cool either. I prefer air coolers. I run the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 on my Ryzen 5900x.
 

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