i9-14900KS Overclocked: Insane Speeds, Insane Voltage

The Intel Core i9-14900KS is anticipated to hit the market around mid-March, yet there are always some retailers who, disregarding Intel’s sales restrictions, have prematurely released this CPU. Photos of the CPU and its packaging have already surfaced online from a retailer in Vietnam. Moreover, it appears that current motherboards can activate the Core i9-14900KS without a BIOS update. From the information available, the voltage of this CPU is nearing 1.5V.

Users on the overclock.net forum have successfully powered on the Core i9-14900KS, which, like the Core i9-14900K, features 8 Performance cores and 16 Efficiency cores, with a 36MB L3 cache. However, it boasts a higher clock speed, reaching up to 6.2GHz, albeit at the cost of increased voltage and power consumption. BIOS screenshots reveal that achieving a 6.2GHz VID voltage requires as much as 1.498V.

Additionally, BIOS screenshots from an ASUS motherboard indicate that the Core i9-14900KS has a P-Core SP score of 120 and an E-Core SP score of 67. According to statistical data from Igor’s LAB, the average P-Core SP score for the Core i9-14900K is 108.6, and the E-Core SP score is 81.7, suggesting that the P-Core quality of the Core i9-14900KS indeed surpasses that of the Core i9-14900K.

The BIOS also reveals that the Core i9-14900KS’s P-Cores can reach 6.2GHz under loads involving up to three cores, with an all-core turbo frequency of 5.9GHz. The E-Cores can achieve 4.6GHz under loads involving up to three cores, with an all-core turbo frequency of 4.5GHz.

It’s important to note that the VID feedback from the BIOS can vary depending on the individual characteristics of each CPU, and this information pertains to a single CPU’s voltage situation, is not representative of all Core i9-14900KS units. Given its high frequency, it’s almost certain that the voltage would not be significantly lower.