Intel Core i9-12900KS is scheduled to release on April 5 for $799

With the Core i9-12900KS, Intel’s new high-end CPU with a clock speed of up to 5.5 GHz will be released at the beginning of April.

With the Core i9-12900KS, Intel soon wants to offer a CPU that works significantly faster than the already fast Core i9-12900K processor. Furthermore, Intel relies on eight performance and eight efficiency cores. This results in 24 threads, since the E cores can only process one thread at a time. The clock of the P cores increases from a maximum of 5.2 GHz to 5.5 GHz. Intel would like to present the CPU for the first time on April 5th as part of the Intel Talking Tech Podcast.

Competition for Ryzen 7 5800X3D

The start of sales of the Core i9-12900KS was actually expected for December 2021. The CPU is understood as a direct answer to AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D. AMD promises a 15 percent higher gaming performance compared to the Ryzen 5900X. This is made possible by a stacked 3D V-Cache. The Core i9-12900KS doesn’t have such a large cache, but it should still put the Ryzen 7 5800X3D under a lot of pressure due to the higher clock rates.

Cheaper alternatives

In return, however, high prices are expected. Newegg has already started selling the CPU, anticipating the official retail price of $799. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is significantly cheaper with an estimated price of $449. The K model of the Core i9-12900 is also significantly cheaper than the new Intel flagship at 589 US dollars. If you can do without an integrated graphics unit, you are well advised to go with the Core i9-12900KF, which costs 564 US dollars. On the other hand, the Core i9-12900 for 489 US dollars is at the price level of the upcoming Ryzen 7 5800X3D.

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