Intel’s solely main desktop CPU launch in 2019, the Core i9-9900KS, is sort of able to hit retailer cabinets and assessment take a look at benches. It’s not a significant launch compared with the likes of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 debut in July, however it’s nonetheless essentially the most thrilling desktop growth from Intel in 2019, and it does break some boundaries. Most notably, it’s the primary 5GHz, all-core CPU that may hit these frequencies proper out of the field and not using a sniff of overclocking.
The 9900KS isnt’t a model new chip, however somewhat a “restricted version” of the 9900Ok. In different phrases, for those who purchased a 9900Ok prior to now, there’s a good likelihood it’s able to hitting 5GHz throughout all cores (and possibly past). The 9900KS is only a 9900Ok that’s assured to do this out of the field with out you having to overclock it.
Elsewhere, it’s the identical eight core, 16 thread CPU because the 9900Ok, with 16MB of shared L3 cache, help for PCIExpress three.zero, and DDR4 reminiscence as much as 2,666MHz (with out overclocking). It additionally has help for USB three.1 Gen 2 and Wi-Fi 5. The one actual motive to think about the 9900KS is since you have been already pondering of shopping for a 9900Ok and this new CPU affords barely better efficiency for a barely better worth of $513. The usual 9900Ok began at $450.
In impact, this CPU is like what AMD did with the Ryzen 3800X. It’s a binned model of its greatest eight-core CPU with a assured greater clock pace and higher high quality silicon. It’s unlikely that the 9900KS will supply a lot in the way in which of further overclocking headroom, however some pre-release testing has seen it attain 5.2GHz on air. Intel did an analogous factor final yr with its restricted version Core i7-8086Ok.
With the absence of 10nm developments, Intel has been struggling to innovate on desktop for just a few years now. Whereas it has launched new CPU generations, the ninth was a largely beauty one, with solely slight will increase to clock pace delivering a small increase in efficiency over their eighth-generation counterparts. Essentially the most attention-grabbing developments have come from the sorts of CPUs that Intel has debuted. The F-series iterations of its mainstream processors ditched the onboard graphics for minor greenback financial savings and now the 9900KS, with its particularly binned silicon, is sort of right here.
Contemplate this chip a assured prime performer, somewhat than something that new or thrilling. For that, we’ll want to attend for Comet Lake, which is predicted to debut in early 2020.
The 9900KS might be formally out there on October 30 for a worth of $513.