Monday, February 14th 2022

Intel Core i9-12900KS Listed at $791 with 150W Processor Base Power

Intel recently announced the Core i9-12900KS, its new flagship desktop processor that comes as a deterrent to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which the red-team claimed to be matching the current i9-12900K in gaming performance. The new i9-12900KS is built from the highest bins of the "Alder Lake-S" C0 silicon, which are needed to support the chip's 5.50 GHz maximum Turbo Boost frequency on the P-cores, and 3.90 GHz max Turbo on the E-cores. While the E-core max Turbo isn't any different from the i9-12900K, the P-core sees it go up from 5.20 GHz on the older model.

The Core i9-12900KS processor is now beginning to show up on retailers, with Shop BLT listing it at USD $791 for the boxed retail processor, and $780 for the chip-only OEM part. Even at these prices, the premium over the i9-12900K is barely $150. The listing also sheds light on increased power limits. The processor base power value for the i9-12900KS is set at 150 W, compared to 125 W on the i9-12900K. This isn't the same as PL1, as Intel changed the definition of its power definitions with the 12th Gen. The maximum turbo power value (PL2) remains unknown. For the i9-12900K, this is set at 241 W. This isn't the first "KS" SKU by Intel, with the last one, the i9-9900KS, shipping as the first processor with a 5.00 GHz all-core Turbo frequency. It remains to be seen if all Socket LGA1700 motherboards support the i9-12900KS with a firmware update, because not all 300-series chipset motherboards supported the i9-9900KS due to its steep electrical requirements.
Source: Wccftech
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139 Comments on Intel Core i9-12900KS Listed at $791 with 150W Processor Base Power

#1
Selaya
the 12900k's already pointless so unless this is a better bin that can achieve the performance at like <180w this is just extra pointless
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#3
Tigger
I'm the only one
They will still sell a crap ton of 'em
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#5
Daven
TiggerThey will still sell a crap ton of 'em
Actually…no…they won’t.
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#6
Tigger
I'm the only one
DavenActually…no…they won’t.
In the retail environment are you?
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#7
Daven
TiggerIn the retail environment are you?
It’s an SKU meant for extreme liquid nitrogen overclockers so that Intel will be in the news with clockspeed records.
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#8
Broken Processor
More to the point when we getting more information on the 5800X3D
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#9
Max(IT)
Just another “I have it bigger than you” processore from Intel. The 12900K was pointless . This is ridiculous. A 12700K makes a lot more sense.
Intel, just make a 10P/4E CPU and I will consider an i9.
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#10
holyprof
What's next, 700W PL1 / 1kW PL2 CPU running on heat pump cooling?
As already mentioned here, the 12700 is the real deal, or if someone needs more performance and wants Intel, there are many good HEDT / Server chips to choose from.
If I remember correctly, AMD's Threadripper wiped the floor with their own 3900X "gaming" CPU at the time.
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#11
CallandorWoT
DavenActually…no…they won’t.
none of the intel chips sold out, they are all still in stock msrp, some even on sale, where i live.
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#12
Lew Zealand
Which means that all new 12900K CPUs will be guaranteed crappy oveclockers as those better dies are harvested for this new SKU. OK, guaranteed to be even crappier OCers than they already are.
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#13
CallandorWoT
Lew ZealandWhich means that all new 12900K CPUs will be guaranteed crappy oveclockers as those better dies are harvested for this new SKU. OK, guaranteed to be even crappier OCers than they already are.
overclocking is kind of a dead notion on CPU's, has been that way for ryzen and intel for awhile now. people need to just change power settings in control panel to high performance mode, and be happy with stock and stock boosting under that power plan. the amount of effort required to get 2% more in frames, is a joke, not to mention the extra heat/wattage. it simply defies all logic, and is stupid. oc'ing is a waste of time.

enjoy gaming. at the end of the day thats why most of us have these rigs.
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#14
Lenne
S.T.A.R.S.
Another SKU with an insane factory OC, nothing new to see here.
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#16
DeathtoGnomes
I designed an Intel pencil with two erasers, then they came out with this chip, both were pointless. :D
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#17
Crackong
Max(IT)Just another “I have it bigger than you” processore from Intel. The 12900K was pointless . This is ridiculous. A 12700K makes a lot more sense.
Intel, just make a 10P/4E CPU and I will consider an i9.
Nope, 10P+4E isn't symmetrical
Make it 12P, Error cores are not needed
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#18
mechtech
Max(IT)Just another “I have it bigger than you” processore from Intel. The 12900K was pointless . This is ridiculous. A 12700K makes a lot more sense.
Intel, just make a 10P/4E CPU and I will consider an i9.
I'd like a updated 5700G with double the L3 cache and with at least 1024 rdna2 shaders at 95W or less.
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#20
mama
I might be the only one here who likes the idea. But I really do want to see how you cool such a chip. The 12900K already needs high end cooling solutions.
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#21
InVasMani
I'm still very temped to mount a water cooler pump on a noctua tower heatsink. I'd love to know how much additional heat it could actively cool over just the tower cooler by combining it with water cooling and like a 2 or 3 fan radiator. As long as the heat transfer is even modestly good I'd expect a pretty good drop in temps under load and idle.
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#22
Hyderz
this reminds me of pentium 4 extreme editions,
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#23
The Von Matrices
mamaI might be the only one here who likes the idea. But I really do want to see how you cool such a chip. The 12900K already needs high end cooling solutions.
You're not. As a 9900KS owner, I would be all over this if I had to upgrade or replace my system. The $250 increase over the 12900K is a big price jump though. I looked up my purchase history and I only paid $569 for my 9900KS, which was less than $100 premium over the 9900K at the time.

As of now I don't find myself CPU-limited so I'm not in the market for a new CPU. But maybe a Raptor Lake 13900KS 24C/36T chip might tempt me next year.
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#24
Turmania
Correct me if I'm wrong but for gaming Intel uses less power than AMD equivalent parts. Only when stress testing they use more power. At least that is what I got the impression from reviews.
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#25
Daven
The Von MatricesYou're not. As a 9900KS owner, I would be all over this if I had to upgrade or replace my system. The $250 increase over the 12900K is a big price jump though. I looked up my purchase history and I only paid $569 for my 9900KS, which was less than $100 premium over the 9900K at the time.

As of now I don't find myself CPU-limited so I'm not in the market for a new CPU. But maybe a Raptor Lake 13900KS 24C/36T chip might tempt me next year.
Raptor Lake is 24C/32T.
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