Intel today announced the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS special edition processor that will be shipping later this year. The 9900KS features 8-cores and has been fine-tuned to deliver 5 GHz all-core. That is an impressive feat considering the Intel Core i9-9900K had an all-core clock of up to 4.7 GHz. Intel managed to get an extra 300 MHz or nearly 6.4% more clock frequency from what is widely considered the world’s best gaming desktop processor! The Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition was an unexpected announcement, but we are impressed and can’t wait for it to ship later this year.
Actually, launching the Core i9-9900KS right now makes sense as it is just a day before AMD is expected to reveal its 3rd Generation Ryzen processors based on Zen 2 at the Computex 2019 keynote. It seems that Intel might be throwing the higher clocked 9900KS out there to steal some of AMD’s thunder tomorrow. They’ll likely be comparing the performance of their new series against the Intel Core i9-9900K.
The Core i9-9900K will work in all the same motherboards as the Core i9-9900K, after a quick UEFI update is applied to each board. Intel did not change the integrated graphics solution on the 9900KS CPU, so you’ll need to wait for the 10nm processors (code-named “Ice Lake”) that are coming out later this year to get Gen11 performance. Pricing has not been disclosed, but we expect it to be above the $488.00 – $499.00 suggested price of the 9900K.