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Intel Core i9 9900KS
Intel is today ushering in its fastest-ever gaming CPU. It goes by the name of Core i9-9900KS and will be available for a limited time only.
Using the proven Coffee Lake microarchitecture seen on other Intel 9th Gen desktop processors, The Core i9-9900KS' party trick is that, through selective speed binning and sorting, each chip is able to run at a lofty 5.0GHz on all eight cores and 16 threads, which is a first for an air-cooled desktop processor!
A good question is how it compares alongside a bevy of other Intel chips. Let's find out by looking at its vital statistics.
Intel Core 9000-series Desktop Family
|Core i9-9900KS||8 / 16||16||4.0||5.0||5.0||16||UHD 630||Dual||DDR4-2666||127||1151||$513|
|Core i9-9900K||8 / 16||16||3.6||5.0||4.7||16||UHD 630||Dual||DDR4-2666||95||1151||$488|
|Core i9-9900KF||8 / 16||16||3.6||5.0||4.7||16||-||Dual||DDR4-2666||95||1151||$463|
|Core i9-9900||8 / 16||16||3.1||5.0||4.6||16||-||Dual||DDR4-2666||65||1151||$439|
|Core i7-9700K||8 / 8||12||3.6||4.9||4.6||16||UHD 630||Dual||DDR4-2666||95||1151||$374|
|Core i7-9700KF||8 / 8||12||3.6||4.9||4.6||16||-||Dual||DDR4-2666||95||1151||$349|
|Core i7-9700||8 / 8||12||3.0||4.70||4.4||16||UHD 630||Dual||DDR4-2666||65||1151||$323|
|Core i5-9600K||6 / 6||9||3.7||4.6||4.3||16||UHD 630||Dual||DDR4-2666||95||1151||$262|
|Core i5-9600KF||6 / 6||9||3.7||4.6||4.3||16||-||Dual||DDR4-2666||95||1151||$237|
|Core i5-9600||6 / 6||9||3.1||4.6||4.0||16||UHD 630||Dual||DDR4-2666||65||1151||$214|
|Core i5-9500||6 / 6||9||3.0||4.4||4.0||16||UHD 630||Dual||DDR4-2666||65||1151||$192|
|Core i5-9500F||6 / 6||9||3.0||4.4||4.0||16||-||Dual||DDR4-2666||65||1151||$167|
|Core i5-9400||6 / 6||9||2.9||4.1||3.9||16||UHD 630||Dual||DDR4-2666||65||1151||$182|
|Core i5-9400F||6 / 6||9||2.9||4.1||3.8||16||-||Dual||DDR4-2666||65||1151||$157|
|Core i3-9350K||4 / 4||8||4.0||4.6||4.3||16||UHD 630||Dual||DDR4-2400||91||1151||$173|
|Core i3-9350KF||4 / 4||8||4.0||4.6||4.3||16||-||Dual||DDR4-2400||91||1151||$148|
|Core i3-9100||4 / 4||8||3.6||4.2||3.6||16||-||Dual||DDR4-2400||91||1151||$122|
|Core i3-9100F||4 / 4||8||3.6||4.2||3.6||16||-||Dual||DDR4-2400||91||1151||$97|
The numbers show that Intel takes the existing Core i9-9900K, launched a year ago, as the base for this frequency-busting processor. It uses the same LGA1151 socket, meaning huge breadth of support from Z390 and Z370 chipset-based motherboards, and continues to run dual-channel memory operating at 2,666MHz.
Intel is able to increase the all-core frequency from 4.7GHz to 5.0GHz by using the very best-performing silicon and letting it strut its stuff by increasing the power budget from a standard 95W to 127W. Even so, the Core i9-9900KS can be cooled by a capable heatsink-and-fan unit, though the best results will be possible when using an all-in-one liquid cooler.
It is important to note that Intel does not provide a heatsink in the box, so you will have to source or repurpose your own. And do bear in mind that Intel backs this chip with a one-year warranty, not the three years common amongst other processors. The reason for this is the limited-edition status that means it will only be sold during the holiday 2019 season.
Having eight cores and 16 threads running at 5.0GHz means that the Core i9-9900K instantly becomes the fastest desktop processor for gaming, all the while offering best-in-class system responsiveness. Benchmarks from leading review sites show that it aces those kinds of benchmarks.
As you can see, the Core i9-9900KS has no performance peer when it comes to gaming and running everyday applications.
So, if you are a gamer who wants the absolute most amount of performance from your PC, and like the bragging rights that come with a processor that runs at 5.0GHz on all cores, the Intel Core i9-9900KS is a smart choice.
Considered an iterative improvement over the decent Core i9-9900K from last year, Scan Computers is proud to retail the limited-edition Intel Core i9-9900KS processor, priced at around £500.