Intel has confirmed that it will release its new flagship Core i9 12900KS during its CES 2022 show. We recently reported its possible launch based on Intel’s teaser tweet, and now it has been confirmed.
The 12900KS can be increased to 5.5 GHz on a single P core and 5.2 GHz on all P cores. Intel said that it can maintain a 5GHz boost clock for a long time, which is impressive, which shows that Intel’s manufacturing has indeed started and is starting.
The chip shows Hitman 3 running with the HWiNFO monitoring utility. It shows that all 8 P cores are running at the advertised 5.2GHz, while the 8 E cores are running at 4.0GHz, which is 100MHz higher than the 12900K. The 12900K is already an excellent gaming processor. Once the DDR5 inventory stabilizes, we believe that wealthy gamers will look for them for their high-end devices.
However, 12900KS may have a challenger. It will have to compete with AMD’s Ryzen X3D CPU with stacked L3 cache. 12900KS is probably Intel’s reaction to AMD’s claim that the upcoming 5800X3D can match or defeat the 12900K.
The 12900KS is not Intel’s first high-capacity chips, although they are often limited editions. We saw the 40th anniversary of the Core i7 8086K in 2018, followed by the i9 9900KS at the end of 2019. Neither the 10th generation nor the 11th generation was released. Since the 13th generation CPU looks like a proposal at the end of 2022, Intel may choose to continue production for a long time to resist the threat of AMD X3D CPU.
Information including availability and prices were not disclosed. AMD’s X3D chips will be available in the spring (autumn for those at the bottom of the world), so it is safe to say that Intel will be ready to stock by then. In addition, Intel did not mention the type of cooling it used during the demonstration. Given that 12900K can be throttled without high-end cooling, if you are not customizing the water to make the most of it, you will most likely want to use 360mm AIO cooling.
We will continue to pay attention to the news of 12900KS, and we hope that we can have a sample for review in due course.