Intel first showed off its Core i9-9900KS back in May, promising the first CPU with all cores clocked at 5GHz. Today, the CPU manufacturer announced that it will go on sale beginning on October 30, with an SRP of $513.
The chip has a 4GHz base frequency, and of course, a 5GHz turbo frequency, with eight cores and 16 threads. It has a 127W TDP, a 16MB Intel Smart Cache, and 40 platform PCIe lanes. Moreover, it's compatible with existing Z390 motherboards.
"Intel has raised the bar for desktop gaming with the new 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition processor," said Frank Soqui, Intel vice president and general manager of the Desktop, Workstation and Channel Group. "Based on the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K architecture, it’s the world’s best gaming desktop processor made even better and created specifically for extreme gamers who want the most performance possible. This processor demonstrates another innovation milestone for Intel, following last year’s limited edition 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086K."
Intel says that the new chip gets you 17% faster video editing when compared with the previous generation, an 78% faster when compared with a three-year-old PC. Also when compared with a three-year-old PC, frame rate is 35% higher and mega-tasking is 27% faster with simultaneous gaming, streaming, and recording.
The 'S' in Core i9-9900KS means that it's a special edition, so this chip is in limited supply. If you want one, you'll want to act sooner rather than later.