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The Core i9-9900KS is Intel's new consumer flagship processor. It runs at 5 GHz boost no matter how many cores are active, which translates into 10% application performance gained over the 9900K. Gaming performance is improved too, but pricing is high, especially compared to what AMD is offering.

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"Over 10% application performance gains compared to i9-9700K" from the conclusion list.

But in the review I don't see this CPU, it might be the i7-9700K?
 
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Nice review.
I had to contain myself on the power draw charts. We all know that Intel has been fudging the TDP numbers for a while, but those results show how bad the lies really are once you get to the top-bin, highest-clocked parts.

However, my favourite chart in the review is this one.
Intel is winning with a 1st-place, chart-topping score :\

 

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"Over 10% application performance gains compared to i9-9700K" from the conclusion list.

But in the review I don't see this CPU, it might be the i7-9700K?
Fixed, it is the 9900K

Intel is winning with a 1st-place, chart-topping score :\
I can see how certain gamers would be willing to spend 10% over the 3900X for this. But yeah, overall quite expensive
 
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Have to believe an 8086K running at 5.4Ghz or 5.5Ghz 6core 12thread will be slightly faster completing work - long manuscript searches, transferring text, reformatting text in Word 2019.

Maybe just splitting hairs, but you never know. Only writers working 24/7 may actually see a real time-saving benefit. lol :)

Great review W1izzard, and that's a sweet 9900KS CPU at 5.2Ghz.

Wondering about the heat though, not sure I could run even a cherry-picked 9900KS at 5.4Ghz on air - especially inaudible ambient air. I've heard the 9900K(S)s need a water loop for 5.3Ghz and above.

I'm most likely STUCK with an 8086K until Rocket Lake or Sapphire Falls 2021, no real single thread performance improvements from Intel arriving for quite awhile. :oops:

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$500-$600 for a "gaming" cpu. No wonder people love their consoles.
 
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$500-$600 for a "gaming" cpu. No wonder people love their consoles.
You can also get a great deal of WORK completed with a 9900KS at 5.2Ghz 8cores 16threads in very little time.

Not everyone using a computer is gaming, or at least not 100% of the time, lol :D

Everyone loves to play BL3 over lunch. :)
 

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8086K running at 5.4Ghz or 5.5Ghz 6core 12thread will be slightly faster
Agreed, unless you run workloads that fully load all cores to max. Nice oc btw
 

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You can also get a great deal of WORK completed with a 9900KS at 5.2Ghz 8cores 16threads in very little time.

Not everyone using a computer is gaming, or at least not 100% of the time, lol :D
I agree. However the marketing gurus over at Intel are busy annointing this CPU as the fastest gaming processor. Regular folks see gaming cpu and that price tag and think that anything less than spending $500 on a processor will make their games suffer which is why they buy a cheap dependable console.
 

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and best paired up with a $900-$1,000 GPU...
That's exactly who I think they are targeting this at. And that market is not small considering all the 2080/2080 ti owners I see online
 
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That's exactly who I think they are targeting this at. And that market is not small considering all the 2080/2080 ti owners I see online
Agreed, there is apparently a good market for that price bracket. The general increases in high end CPU & GPU prices does indicate the market can most likely support much higher prices for the whole system.

On the enthusiasts side, AMD is pushing their high-end Ryzen and new Threadripper prices up this generation, curious to see how high Nvidia will increase prices on their upcoming generation of GPUs.
 
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It is interesting that this is $200 US up from the 3700X but is only about 10% faster overall with a 5.1 GHZ OC in Gaming. I wonder where the 3950X will be placed vs this one.
 
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Only but the people who absolutely must have the best of the best performance and have money to burn will buy this chip. As for the rest of us? Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 for you really can't get any better than that when it comes to getting the best bang for your hard-earned dollar.
 
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Only but the people who absolutely must have the best of the best performance and have money to burn will buy this chip. As for the rest of us? Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 for you really can't get any better than that when it comes to getting the best bang for your hard-earned dollar.
True but only if they are just pure gamers.
 
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True but only if they are just pure gamers.
Unless you're a pure gamer there's absolutely no reason anywhere on this Earth that you should buy this chip. I can't help but see this launch as nothing more than an "Oh crap" kind of moment to try and steal some thunder away from AMD.
 
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Utterly pointless product. 700mhz gets 'the gamer' 6% in FPS at the most favorable resolution compared to CPUs that cost half or less than this one.

300 W minus GPU, versus half the amount or way less.

I guess there is new 'gullible fool' badge and it has KS in it.
 
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Unless you're a pure gamer there's absolutely no reason anywhere on this Earth that you should buy this chip. I can't help but see this launch as nothing more than an "Oh crap" kind of moment to try and steal some thunder away from AMD.
Exactly they are trying to take everything out of AMD as the 3950X looks like it will be the final nail in the coffin for Intel's 14+++++.
 
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$500-$600 for a "gaming" cpu. No wonder people love their consoles.
There's the $700 budget build guide you guys just released, which is a pretty good console-killer that also happens to do all the things a console can't do, with all the games that a console can't have, and can be upgraded incrementally in all the ways a console never will ;)

[$1100 GPU owners are] exactly who I think they are targeting this at. And that market is not small considering all the 2080/2080 ti owners I see online
Aye, but nobody is going to pair a 2080Ti with a 1080p screen (well okay, some idiots will).
Realistically, even at 1440p the GPU/resolution bottleneck is so serious that a 2080Ti basically doesn't care what CPU its paired with. Any current-gen i5 or R5 is up to the job according to your charts :)
 
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Intel more dollars for more performance where it really doesn't matter.

When AMD fixes the latency in cache they will get another 20% IPC boost for worst case scenario gaming, like at 720 and pure math tests. As is they have better performance at everything that 90% of users want.
 
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$500-$600 for a "gaming" cpu. No wonder people love their consoles.
Um. The Ryzen 3 1200 that launched 2.5 years ago at $109 is only about 7% slower than this CPU at 4K.

And you can get 90% of it's performance at half the price going w/ an i5 9400/9600 or Ryzen 5 3600. Dump all that extra money into the $1200 video card :p

Anyone buying this CPU for gaming doesn't care what it costs, and probably isn't just gaming.
 
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Worst CPU since the 9000 series FX.
 
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This CPU went on sale immediately before I even bought it from Microcenter. The CPU war between Intel and AMD is more pronounced than the GPU war between AMD and Nvidia because AMD has no competition whatsoever for Nvidia on the high end, and only can score points on the low end for cheap budget builds.

This CPU is a beast. 5.0 GHz across all cores.

AMD can outperformit on paper or benchmarks...but there is no doubt who's on top when the GAMES start being played.

Most people want a Gaming computer and multitask to editing (like Youtubbers).

AMD CPU are for people who WORK on their computers rather than game.

Most games now are GPU intensive rather than CPU intensive and most gamers are running in 1080p or 1440p rather than 4K. It's easy to buy a powerful CPU with future proofing for a few years.

You can still game on an i5 or i7 4790 just fine with an RTX card.
 

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^ You didn't seriously spend $700 on that did you? It's $525 at BestBuy last I looked.
 
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