At its pre-IFA press event, Intel confirmed that its new enthusiast-class Core i9-9900KS processor will launch in October. The CPU will be very similar to the Core i9-9900K introduced last year, but will feature a higher all-core Turbo frequency when it has sufficient cooling.

The Intel Core i9-9900KS will feature eight cores with Hyper-Threading running at 4.0 GHz base frequency and boosting all the way to 5.0 GHz on all cores, up 300 MHz from 4.7 GHz in case of the Core i9-9900K. Essentially, the new CPU is just an eight-core Coffee Lake Refresh silicon binned to hit higher clocks when cooling is good enough.

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

Intel first teased the Core i9-9900KS ahead of Computex earlier this year, so the product launch is not a surprise. The important thing is that the CPU will finally hit the market this October.

In a bid to maintain an intrigue, Intel did not disclose TDP of its new product. Besides, the company also did not disclose launch price of its Core i9-9900KS and we are curious to find out how much will the chipmaker want from its new range-topping enthusiast part.

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Source: Tom’s Hardware

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  • Irata - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    For some people it is though. That's why top of the line products usually are disproportionally more expensive than mid range products.

    Some people want the fastest / best and are willing to pay.

    Then there are those people who get the bottom end version but still feel like they share in the top end version's power - kinda like having a 4 cylinder Camaro but feeling like you're actually owning a Corvette ZR1.

    Halo products are useful at attracting this kind of customer.
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  • Ratiofarming - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    I work for a major retailer. People walk in and buy i5s and i7s as if AMD didn't exist. Not because they're fanboys, but because they don't know. They know i7 means "pretty fast" and i5 means "probably fast enough".

    Also 3900X don't exist outside of pre-orders. And never have since launch. Once they do (and AMD does find those 100-200mhz boost most are lacking) things might change.
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  • Ratiofarming - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    I feel like I need to clarify. By don't exist outside of pre-orders I mean the few we get every now and then all go towards pre-orders and pre-built systems.

    You can't walk in and buy one.
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  • blppt - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    "Also 3900X don't exist outside of pre-orders. And never have since launch"

    Sure they do---you have to be vigilant in checking newegg, micro center, etc. and either clicking 'order' or getting to the store location in time. Thats how i got mine a week or so ago.

    But demand definitely still outstrips supply. As for the reason people ignore AMD is that up until now, it seems major box stores like best buy only put AMD cpus in their low and lower-mid range systems, so by default the average consumer believes Intel=premium.
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  • Irata - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    Plus whatever the sufficient cooling solution costs. Sadly, this is most of the time not included in the price shown / included for reviews.

    My point being that if you need to purchase a $100+ cooling solution in order to run the CPU at advertized speeds vs. another product that already includes an HSF, then the former's actual price is retail price plus cooling solution price.
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  • schujj07 - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    Actual footage of someone turning on a desktop powered by the 9900ks
    https://youtu.be/inWKw8nqQlI
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  • LoneWolf15 - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    Kind of a nice insult to everyone who bought a 9900K in the last 3-4 months, innit?

    Ah, well, I got mine for a fair bit less than the going rate back then and still less than today, and it does what I want. I’m wondering if they improved the STIM in addition to the binning.
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  • Karmena - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    don't sweat, that is a good CPU. But at this moment I would not recommend it as you get more for your money. Sidegrades are not fun. Reply
  • regsEx - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    They better to release CML-S next month. At least mainstream i5 and i7. Zen 2 turn to be very expensive for those who switching from Intel, but i can't wait forever to change my 2500K. Reply
  • Karmena - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    when you have 2 generations of CPUs in one socket on a good day and then you have platforms from intel where even next gen CPU requires new motherboard? Explain how it is more expensive if you have to change RAM, mobo and CPU? Reply

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