At ComputeX 2019, Intel teased a special edition of its Core i9-9900K which is leading the race as the fastest processor for 1080p gaming. The processor dubbed Intel Core i9-9900KS has been launched today globally.
Priced at $513, Intel’s latest processor is based on the 9900K’s 8-core, Coffee lake-refresh based die but what its turbo and base boost clock makes it a special edition. Intel Core i9-9900KS delivers the base clock of up to 4GHz and its all eight cores can crank turbo boost clock of 5GHz.
The increased turbo boost clock results in the increased TDP. Intel has said that its special edition i9-9900KS has a TDP rating of 127 watts.
With such a massive base and turbo boost, Intel i9900KS is the fastest mainstream CPU ever launched by the company. The processor has been designed for Intel’s socket 1151 and is compatible with 300-series chipset-based motherboards. With its price tag of $513, Intel Core i9-9900KS will directly compete with AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X.
While Ryzen 9 3900X is based on AMD’s 7nm technology as compared to Intel’s 14nm manufacturing process, 9900KS precedes 3900X in terms of clock speed which still remains a sour spot for AMD. Recently, a survey conducted by hardware reviewer De8auer revealed that a majority of AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X fail to reach the advertised boost speeds.
To conclude, Intel Core i9-9900KS is a specially binned Coffee lake CPU and delivers a great per-core performance.