ASRock offers new BIOS for Intel Core i9-12900KS

At CES 2022, Intel has shown off the Core i9-12900KS processor. It is equipped with 8 Performance Cores based on the Golden Cove architecture and 8 Efficient Cores based on the Gracemont architecture, with 16 cores and 24 threads, up to 30MB of L3 cache, and 14MB of L2 cache, the maximum single-core turbo frequency is 5.5 GHz, and the all-core turbo frequency is 5.2 GHz.

The Core i9-12900KS processor is rumored to ship in the first quarter of 2022, but only for OEMs, and it is uncertain whether it will be sold in the retail market.
Recently, a considerable number of ASRock 600 series motherboards have a new Beta BIOS update, which added “Intel Enhanced Thermal Velocity Boost” (Enhanced TVB) technology specifically for the Core i9-12900KS processor to better leverage the performance of this flagship processor. Probably Intel has not yet disclosed the enhanced TVB technology, and ASRock has deleted this part of the content in the update instructions.

Intel Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB) is a technology that further unlocks higher frequencies based on the traditional turbo frequency based on workload and heat dissipation. The processor will automatically increase the frequency of the processor core when appropriate. In Intel Alder Lake processors, the Core i9 and Core i7 series already support TVB technology. Intel has not disclosed the details of the enhanced TVB technology so far, and it is not sure what improvements have been made.

It’s a little strange that ASRock has enabled support for the Core i9-12900KS processor for many of its Z690, H670, B660, and H610, including the flagship Z690 Taichi and the entry-level H610M-HDV/M.2. For users who buy a Core i9-12900KS processor, it is basically impossible to use on low-end motherboards, and cheap motherboards may also lack voltage regulation modules for CPUs. Perhaps this function is part of ASRock’s standard firmware framework, so it will be added if the corresponding conditions are met.