Intel’s Flagship Core i9-9900KS Launches On Oct 30 For $513, Features Insane 5.0GHz All Core Turbo

Usman Pirzada

Intel has announced that its brand new Core i9-9900KS flagship will be launching on October 30 for the recommended price of just $513. Featuring a 5 GHz all-core turbo across 8 cores/16 threads this will almost certainly be the fastest gaming chip around and should sell like hotcakes. Intel has previously reported a record quarter and their demand seems to be far outstripping supply right now as 14nm reaches levels of maturity never seen before.

Intel Core i9-9900KS launching on Oct. 30 for $513

The Intel 9900KS costs exactly $25 bucks more than the Intel 9900KF which retails for $488. The original Intel 9900K can be had on Amazon for as low as $475. All in all, this is a price differential of $38 for 300 MHz for the all-core turbo (the 9900K features an all-core turbo boost of 4.7GHz). Honestly, $38 for 300 MHz more isn't a bad deal if you want to squeeze every last bit of performance out of your 8-core and get the 5GHz badge of honor.

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Keep in mind, however, that Intel is only offering a one-year warranty on this processor likely due to the fact that this is essentially a factory overclocked, highly binned chip. This is definitely one for enthusiasts (and even overclockers). Considering the chip can hit 5GHz all-core turbo, and this particular bin will have a distribution as well, most lucky buyers will be able to OC it to 5.1GHz and beyond. You better have a good AIO cooler to get rid of all that heat, however, because, at these clocks, you are essentially running a miniature heater.

AIBs like Gigabyte participated in the 9900KS launch with their own reveals:

Here is the full press release below:

Intel today announced full details and availability for the new 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i99900KS Special Edition processor. Delivering up to 5.0 GHz all-core turbo frequency out of the box for the ultimate gaming experience, the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS will be available beginning Oct. 30, with recommended customer price starting at $513.  This special edition processor will be available for a limited time only and can be found at retailers worldwide.

“Intel has raised the bar for desktop gaming with the new 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition processor. Based on the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K architecture, it’s the world’s best gaming desktop processor made even better and created specifically for extreme gamers who want the most performance possible. This processor demonstrates another innovation milestone

for Intel, following last year’s limited edition 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086K.

-- Frank Soqui,  vice president and general manager of Desktop, Workstation and Channel Group for Intel

 The i9-9900KS processor is unlocked and boasts eight cores and 16 threads, up to 4.0 GHz base frequency, 127W TDP, 16 MB Intel Smart Cache, and up to 40 platform PCIe lanes for gaming and overclocking.

Key Features and Capabilities:

  • Up to 5.0 GHz all-core turbo frequency; up to 4.0 GHz base frequency, which allow games to run faster when they scale across more cores for higher frame rates
  • Eight cores, 16 threads, 127W TDP, 16 MB Intel Smart Cache, and up to 40 platform PCIe lanes
  • Compatible with existing Z390 motherboards
  • Up to 27% faster mega tasking when you simultaneously game, stream and record compared with a 3-year-old PC
  • Up to 35% more frames per second compared with a 3-year-old PC
  • Up to 17% faster 4K video editing compared with the previous generation and up to 78% faster compared with a 3-year-old PC
  • One-year warranty
  • Overclock confidently with new and enhanced features like Intel® Performance Maximizer, which makes it easy to dynamically and reliably custom-tune the unlocked processor based on the processor’s individual performance DNA

Gamers and overclocking enthusiasts will be able to take performance to the max with the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition processor. Only select chips from Intel wafers can achieve this specification to run up to 5.0 GHz all-core turbo. Quantity is limited for this special edition product.

For more details on the new 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition processor, please visit the i99900KS website.

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