Intel Core i9-9900KS Specs Leak: 127W TDP, 5GHz Turbo on All Cores

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We’ve just got information about Intel’s upcoming i9 flagship processor: The Intel Core i9-9900KS will arrive in just a month. While we still haven’t gotten to tenth generation parts in the desktop space, this monster processor will give even the best Ryzens a run for their money, particularly in terms of gaming performance.

The Core i9-9900KS, as the name suggests, isn’t a wholly new part. It’s not even, well, kinda new. Ironically enough, it’s very similar to AMD’s ill-fated FX 9590. It’s essentially a premium-binned version of the i9-9900K, which is guaranteed to boost up to 5 GHz on all cores. Intel raises the TDP significantly to make this possible: The 9900KS features a 127W part.

This makes it by far the most power-hungry processor Intel has released in recent years. It underscores the efficiency gains that AMD capitalized on, courtesy of the 7nm process with Ryzen. We’re really in a tables-turned situation today where Intel’s fighting off a process node advantage by churning out expensive, hot, and power-hungry parts at the high end that pack a punch thanks to clock-speeds being cranked way up.

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We have no idea of the price of the 9900KS, but it’s not going to be cheap, that much is certain. Between this and the Ryzen 9 3900X, buyers at the higher end will have a tough decision to make. While the Ryzen does offer 8 more threads and 4 more physical cores, clock speed and IPC are still a bit behind Intel. The 9900KS offers absolutely the best single-threaded performance available, and eight cores are still plenty.

We’ll let you know how the 9900KS performs once it comes out. Watch this space til then.

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