Last year, Intel showcased a CPU during its keynote a processor with all of its cores at 5 GHz. Today, that becomes a reality – Intel is set to launch a processor that promises that frequency in any scenario. The new Core i9-9900KS is an 8-core processor that will run at 5.0 GHz during single core workloads and multi-core workloads.

That demo last year was on an overclockable 28-core Xeon CPU, but in reality was clocked way lower. There was even a good amount of controversy, as Intel didn’t state at the time they were using a sub-zero chiller to achieve that result. But this year we’re getting something a little more realistic. The new Core i9-9900KS uses the same silicon currently in the i9-9900K, but selectively binned in order to achieve 5.0 GHz on every core, all of the time.

Technically the CPU has a base frequency of 4.0 GHz, however it will only ever go down to that amount based on a default Intel BIOS (no consumer board uses the base BIOS specifications). The new CPU will be enabled in the same motherboards as the Core i9-9900K, but with a small firmware update. The CPU also has the same integrated graphics as the Core i9-9900K.

Intel did not tell us the TDP yet, but we will update this article when we know. Pricing and the launch date are also an unknown, however Intel SVP and GM Gregory Bryant is running a keynote here at Computex in a couple of days, and we expect to have the details then.

Update 05/28: As part of his Computex keynote, Gregory Bryant has confirmed that the processor is launching in Q4 of this year. Pricing and TDP will presumably be announced much closer to the actual launch.

Intel 9th Gen Core 8-Core Desktop CPUs
AnandTech Cores Base
Freq
All-Core Turbo Single
Core Turbo
Freq
IGP DDR4 TDP Price
(1ku)
i9-9900KS 8 / 16 4.0 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.0 GHz UHD 630 2666 ? ?
i9-9900K 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.7 GHz 5.0 GHz UHD 630 2666 95 W $488
i9-9900KF 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.7 GHz 5.0 GHz - 2666 95 W $488
i7-9700K 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.9 GHz UHD 630 2666 95 W $374
i7-9700KF 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.9 GHz - 2666 95 W $374

The main difference compared to the Core i9-9900K is currently that all-core turbo value, which is a flat 5.0 GHz, a 300 MHz increase. There's a slight chance Intel might have increased the TDP, especially given that the base frequency (which TDP is built on) has increased 10% from 3.6 GHz to 4.0 GHz.

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Intel did have a demo system for us to look at, which used a standard off-the-shelf motherboard and a closed loop liquid cooler. Intel confirmed that the chip is soldered, and that this is just simply the same silicon as the 9900K but better binned.

More info in a couple of days.

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  • mode_13h - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - link

    People start to care about power efficiency when they start having to use more exotic cooling solutions and cases. Reply
  • Cellar Door - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    The two key pieces of info missing - TDP and price. A $300 price premium over a regular 9900k? Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Details to be given at the Keynote on Tuesday. Reply
  • jospoortvliet - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    TDP isn’t even that relevant - let it be 125 watt - but when running at 5 ghz, power will be over 200 for sure. Reply
  • iBoMbY - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    250W+ Reply
  • halcyon - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    ... and it still can't do 5Ghz all core during AVX loads. Reply
  • AlyxSharkBite - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    So basically it’s a 9900k setup with Muti Core Enhancement from the factory. I can’t imagine anyone who bought the 9900k not setting it up for 5GHz on all cores to begin with. Reply
  • Nagorak - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    Based on the prices Silicon Lottery is charging for pre-overclocked chips, it doesn't look like every 9900K is capable of doing 5 GHz on all cores. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Oh, you can really tell they want to do anything right now to derail the Zen 2 hype train Reply
  • Krayzieka - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    just think about it. Why intel pre announce this cpu before zen 2? definitely not having AMD stealing their thunder. Reply

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