Intel Core i9-9900KS 8 Core CPU Might Have Reached EOL – Out of Stock at Several Retailers

Feb 28, 2020
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The 8 core Intel Core i9-9900KS launched back in October 2019 and it looks like the processor might soon be coming off the store shelves as the blue giant prepares for the launch of its 10th generation line of processors.

Intel's Core i9-9900KS - The Fastest 8 Core Gaming CPU Might Soon Be Put To Rest

Intel released the Core i9-9900KS in a bid to tackle AMD's weakest spot, the clock speeds. Packing 8 cores and 16 threads, the CPU was not a huge leap in technology given how Intel reused its 14nm process node and the fact that 8 core processors had already started taking up mainstream space, thanks to AMD's Ryzen lineup.

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The top position in the mainstream segment was something that Intel didn't want to give away entirely to Ryzen and the result was the Core i9-9900KS, a premium-priced chip that took the flagship i9-9900K to a whole new level. The 'S' in the name was meant for 'Special Edition'. Users who have previously followed Intel weren't surprised by a special edition as we have seen many over the last couple of years, mainly the Pentium G3258 and the Core i7-8086K.

Intel termed the Core i9-9900KS 8 core chip as the world's best gaming processor!

Just like them, the Core i9-9900KS followed suit by upping the clock speeds to the absolute limits of what's possible with their 14nm process node (at that time). The Core i9-9900KS boasted 5 GHz on all cores but at the cost of a much higher TDP of 127W (PL1 state). The CPU was also priced over 500 USD, making it even more expensive than AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X 12 core, 24 thread part which is certainly the way to go for a multi-tasking user but Intel advertised the 9900KS as the fastest gaming chip, something which they weren't wrong about, but at the cost of power consumption and higher thermals.

Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:

Processor NameProcessCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockCacheTDPPrice
Core i9-9900KS14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz (8 Cores)16 MB127W$513 US
Core i9-9900K14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz16 MB95W$488 US
Core i9-9900KF14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz16 MB95W$488 US
Core i7-9700K14nm++8 / 83.6 GHz4.9 GHz12 MB95W$374 US
Core i7-9700KF14nm++8 / 83.6 GHz4.9 GHz 12 MB95W$374 US
Core i5-9600K14nm++6 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz9 MB95W$262 US
Core i5-9600KF14nm++6 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz9 MB95W$262 US
Core i5-960014nm++6 / 63.1 GHz4.5 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-950014nm++6 / 63.0 GHz4.3 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-940014nm++6 / 62.9 GHz4.1 GHz9 MB65W$182
Core i5-9400T14nm++6 / 61.8 GHz3.4 GHz9 MB35WTBD
Core i3-9350KF14nm++4/44.0 GHz4.6 GHz8 MB91WTBD
Core i3-910014nm++4 / 4TBD4.2 GHz6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-900014nm++4 / 43.7 GHzN/A6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-9000T14nm++4 / 43.2 GHzN/A6 MB35WTBD

But the latest reports are emerging from various retail outlets that the last stock of the CPU has finally ended in various regions and Intel is no longer producing anymore 9900KS CPUs. According to Computerbase, retail outlets such as Amazon and Caseking have limited stock left. At Amazon, the Core i9-9900KS is currently listed for $963.83 US which is almost twice the amount of its MSRP. Newegg mentions that the chip is out of stock and other retail outlets have the chip only listed with bundles and cannot be bought separately.

Now the reason for the Core i9-9900KS reaching EOL so early is due to two things. First, the chip was always meant to be a limited production product which means it doesn't necessarily need to have a shelf life similar to other processors.

The other reason is due to the fact that Intel's 10th Gen lineup is coming out real soon and with the likes of the Core i7-10700K and Core i7-10700KF offering similar specifications at a lower price point, there the whole point of having a 9900KS being produced makes little sense. The new 10th Generation processor lineup is also rumored to bring significantly lower price points at each CPU segment than the ones we have been getting so far from Intel. This is once again a much need push to reclaim some sort of relevance in the mainstream desktop segment where AMD's Ryzen has disrupted the market share and the mind share-alike.

Products mentioned in this post

Intel Core i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
USD 1289
Ryzen 9 3900X
Ryzen 9 3900X
USD 447.99

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