Intel reveals Core i9-9900KS CPU that can hit 5GHz on all cores

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Like the Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition that Intel announced at last year’s Computex, the 8-Core/16-thread 9900KS is a special-edition CPU aimed squarely at the enthusiast market.

While the standard Core i9-9900K and the Core i9-9900KF have a base clock of 3.6GHz, the KS model ups that to 4GHz. And, unlike the KF version, it will feature integrated graphics—UHD 630. The CPU also supports DDR4-2666.

The more impressive stat is that while its two predecessors can boost to 5GHz on a single core and 4.7GHz on all cores, the Core i9-9900KS can boost to 5GHz across all eight of its cores, not just one.

Intel demonstrated the chip's eight cores running at 5GHz using its own internal power thermal utility (PTU) tool. It was combined with a Gigabyte Aorus Pro motherboard, a 240mm ROG Ryujin 240 cooler, and an 850W Corsair HX850i power supply.

Intel, you may remember, faced criticism at last year’s show when it was discovered the 28-core 5GHz CPU it demoed was cooled using a massive air conditioner unit and placed in an enterprise-class motherboard normally reserved for its Xeon processors. The Core i9-9900KS, by contrast, can be used with regular, albeit high-end, consumer components.

We still don’t know the full details of the Core i9-9900KS, including its TDP or price, but you can expect both to be higher than the Core i9-9900K/9900KF’s 95W and $488 price tag. Intel will reveal all, including the chip’s availability and launch dates, later this week at Computex.

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Puiu

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Hopefully people don't put it in mid-range mobos and fry their VRMs. Don't cheap out on the mobo and PSU if you are willing to spend this much on a CPU.
 
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Daniele 00

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As aspected, Intel announce a new cpu just after AMD announced Ryzen 3k.
guess why? ...

Probably a cheat CPU as last time for intel.
 
Soooo, how many VRMs out there can actually supply the >150W this CPU will need? I suppose that realistically the target audience for this probable $700 chip already have an expensive MoBo which should have adequate VRMs to handle the load. Hee hee, my $85 Asrock *might* get this thing up to 4.7GHz all core!
 
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treetops

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Lol they just slapped a Ryujin 240 cooler on it, if you want this "future" card. Buy a 9900k, buy a Ryujin 240 cooler, overclock it, set the base to 4 ghz. Wow you just time traveled.
 
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Squid Surprise

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For $499, you can get the Ryzen 3900.... with 12 cores....Unless this is REALLY close to $500, I can't fathom why anyone other than the richest of fools would think about purchasing Intel...
 

Evernessince

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Essentially a pre-overclocked 9900K at the MSRP of the 9900K + $8. An enticing option if they do sell it at MSRP and not above. This also hinges on Zen 2 not overclocking well, because if it does that would mean zen 2 would have the gaming advantage.
 

Shadowboxer

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For $499, you can get the Ryzen 3900.... with 12 cores....Unless this is REALLY close to $500, I can't fathom why anyone other than the richest of fools would think about purchasing Intel...
It all depends on how good the new Ryzen stuff is at gaming I think. If this is still the gaming king after the AMD results are in then there will be a lot of demand purely because it is the best at gaming. If new Ryzen is faster at gaming then this product only has the upgraded graphics going for it, which is nice but I cant see it winning too many customers. On a laptop better graphics would make a big difference but most people on a desktop will probably opt for discrete graphics anyway.
 

Knot Schure

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This is absolutely beautiful!
I don't even know how this is news.

Is there SOMEONE out there who's 9900K CANNOT run at 5.0GHz+ on all cores?

DO let me know.

I run 5.1GHz all day long. I found 5.2GHz was thermally throttling in some circumstances... but then, mine is in a LAPTOP....
 

hahahanoobs

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I'm kind of surprised at the price, knowing Intel I would have expected twice that price ..... is it possible they finally hired some intelligent marketers???
"We still don’t know the full details of the Core i9-9900KS, including its TDP or price..."
 

LogiGaming

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This is absolutely beautiful!
I don't even know how this is news.

Is there SOMEONE out there who's 9900K CANNOT run at 5.0GHz+ on all cores?

DO let me know.

I run 5.1GHz all day long. I found 5.2GHz was thermally throttling in some circumstances... but then, mine is in a LAPTOP....

lulz… can't stop laughing.
You again?.... Now I get you.... I don´t know about a single 9900k that can´t reach 5ghz across all cores already, providing you have the cooling. Tbh that´s pretty standard/average according to the ocnet 9900k thread. Most people there with 240 AIOs have 5,2ghz and 5,3ghz in fact.

My 9700k does 4,8ghz in "low power mode" (as I call it for sub 1,2v voltages). I can reach 5ghz easily with a standard air cooler (MSI Core Frozr L wich came bundled for free with my motherboard), but I prefer to use lower voltages and lower temps as 200mhz won´t do anything for me.

14nm++ is good, plus these chips have no tooth paste. People tend to think they are exactly the same as 8700k or 7700k. Is not unusual to see a 9900k doing 5ghz at 1,3v to 1,35v.

This is what happens when people don´t actually have the products at home and test them; they think is all the same since Skylake, just with higher clocks.
 

Knot Schure

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This is absolutely beautiful!
I don't even know how this is news.

Is there SOMEONE out there who's 9900K CANNOT run at 5.0GHz+ on all cores?

DO let me know.

I run 5.1GHz all day long. I found 5.2GHz was thermally throttling in some circumstances... but then, mine is in a LAPTOP....

lulz… can't stop laughing.
You again?.... Now I get you.... I don´t know about a single 9900k that can´t reach 5ghz across all cores already, providing you have the cooling. Tbh that´s pretty standard/average according to the ocnet 9900k thread. Most people there with 240 AIOs have 5,2ghz and 5,3ghz in fact.

My 9700k does 4,8ghz in "low power mode" (as I call it for sub 1,2v voltages). I can reach 5ghz easily with a standard air cooler (MSI Core Frozr L wich came bundled for free with my motherboard), but I prefer to use lower voltages and lower temps as 200mhz won´t do anything for me.

14nm++ is good, plus these chips have no tooth paste. People tend to think they are exactly the same as 8700k or 7700k. Is not unusual to see a 9900k doing 5ghz at 1,3v to 1,35v.

This is what happens when people don´t actually have the products at home and test them; they think is all the same since Skylake, just with higher clocks.
Yes, me again. And why not, when you read something that sounds so strange.

My buddies machine is 5.2GHz - all cores - all day. Voltages unknown (to me).

Mine is -65mV undervolt from default.

I've never seen a CPU clock like this one...