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Apparently the "world's fastest desktop processor", Intel has today just announced the full details and expected availability of the Core i9 12900KS. Launching April 5, it will cost around $739 and will be available both as a standalone processor and bundled with full systems from OEMs.

What Intel detailed on it today:

  • Up to 5.5 GHz max turbo frequency with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost.
  • Intel Adaptive Boost Technology for improved gaming performance by opportunistically allowing higher multi-core turbo frequencies.
  • 16 cores (eight P-cores and eight E-cores), 24 threads, 150W processor base power, 30MB Intel Smart Cache, and PCIe Gen 5.0 and 4.0 support.
  • Up to DDR5 4800 MT/s  and DDR4 3200 MT/s support.
  • Chipset compatible with existing Z690 motherboards with latest BIOS recommended for the best gaming experience.

From the press release:

Intel continues to push the envelope for desktop gaming with the new 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900KS processor. Based on Intel’s 12th Gen performance hybrid architecture, this processor can hit 5.5 GHz on up to two cores for the first time, giving the most extreme gamers the ability to maximize performance.

Marcus Kennedy, general manager of Gaming, Creator & Esports Segment at Intel
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TrainDoc 28 Mar
With DDR5 prices being what they are, I'd much rather just by the latest AMD hardware... Not to mention that price, ooof.
mr-victory 28 Mar
Let's see how much it can push the envelope for PS3 emulation, which requires a beastly processor.
slaapliedje 28 Mar
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Quoting: TrainDocWith DDR5 prices being what they are, I'd much rather just by the latest AMD hardware... Not to mention that price, ooof.
In comparison real MC68060 rev6 CPUs go for around 400-500 dollars these days.

(there are fake ones floating around because there is money to be had).
tonyrh 28 Mar
Meh... can't wait for the desktop space to move to finally move to ARM.
They can make it as fast as they want but what I care about is privacy and security foremost and as far as I know they're making it more closed than previous chips as well as still having Intel ME. Compare that to AMD still using PSP and having Pluton and my course of action is still a Power9 system long term.
Wonder how long before some exploit surfaces and to fix it they have to slow it down.
Darn it's cold in here…hey, someone go turn on the computer!

I'm not crazy about Intel pushing DDR5-only systems when there seems to be no notable benefit to the price of entry.
syylk 28 Mar
Quoting: PublicNuisancemy course of action is still a Power9 system long term.
In April the P10s scale out will be in GA.

They're insane - fastest CPU money can buy.
Shmerl 28 Mar
Not bad, but hopefully AMD can do better with 16 cores / 32 threads CPUs.


Last edited by Shmerl on 28 March 2022 at 8:30 pm UTC
ridge 28 Mar
I'll stick with my m68k for a few more years.
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