Intel is preparing Core i9-12900KS with 5.2 GHz all-core frequency

Currently, in Intel’s 12th-generation Core series desktop processors, the top model is the Core i9-12900K, with 8 performance cores based on the Golden Cove architecture (Performance Core) and 8 energy efficiency cores based on the Gracemont architecture (Efficient Core), with 16-core and 24-thread specifications, up to 30MB of L3 cache and 14MB of L2 cache, it releases higher multi-threaded performance for game enthusiasts and professional creators.

Intel Core i9-12900KS

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According to VideoCardz reports, Intel is preparing the Core i9-12900KS. While maintaining the Core i9-12900K configuration, it has been specially selected and optimized. The core frequency will be further increased, and the full-core turbo frequency of the performance core will reach 5.2 GHz, which is 200 MHz higher than the existing Core i9-12900K. Of course, the actual frequency of the processor also depends on factors such as workload and heat dissipation. Under normal circumstances, the Core i9-12900K full-core turbo frequency is between 4.8 GHz and 4.9 GHz, while the Core i9-12900KS will easily reach 5.0 GHz.

Since the Core i9-9900KS, Intel has not released products with the “KS” suffix. There was news that Intel would release the Core i9-10900KS, but in the end it disappeared. Later, the 11th-generation Core series desktop processors generated a huge amount of heat due to the 14nm process. The original Core i9 model has reached its limit and there will be no more room. The Core i9-12900KS is Intel’s product with the “KS” suffix after two generations of Core products.

Intel is preparing Core i9-12900KS because AMD is about to launch Zen 3 architecture Ryzen desktop processor with 3D vertical cache (3D V-Cache) technology. According to AMD, after adopting 3D stacking technology, the overall game performance will increase by 15% due to the larger L3 cache. It is not clear when Intel will release the Core i9-12900KS, and some insiders speculate that it may be showcased at the upcoming CES 2022.