Would you pay for the privilege of a assure that your new CPU can overclock to a sure degree? Intel is betting you’d with its new Intel Core i9-9900KS, a 9900Okay with a manufacturing facility overclock of 5GHz on all cores. However you possibly can go even additional. Case King now affords a $1,100 9900KS that it ensures can hit 5.3GHz on all cores. Famed overclocker Roman “der8auer” Hartung has examined it himself and made some performance-enhancing alterations.
Whereas there’s a usually accepted vary of overclocks that the majority CPUs can obtain, there may be very actual variation amongst even CPUs of the identical sort and mannequin. In some circumstances, by a number of hundred megahertz. For a lot of, the enjoyment of overclocking is discovering the restrict of their explicit , however others simply need absolutely the bleeding fringe of efficiency. That’s the place companies like Case King’s are available in.
The brand new “Overclocked Intel Core i9-9900KS Superior Version” CPU has been “delidded” — that’s, the metallic built-in heatspreader (IHS) has been quickly eliminated, and the inventory soldered interface materials changed with Thermal Grizzly’s Conductonaut liquid metallic answer. This, we’re informed, contributes to a discount in total load temperatures of the CPU of as a lot as eight levels Celsius.
That’s vital as a result of the 5.3GHz all-core overclock results in a rise within the energy calls for and temperature output of the 9900KS. Caseking recommends at the very least a 280mm watercooler, and ideally a 360mm. It additionally strongly recommends utilizing a Z390 motherboard, fairly than the extra mainstream Z370, although it is going to work on the latter.
Every CPU comes with a laser engraving of Der8auer and CaseKing, with the really helpful voltage and different BIOS settings for the 5.3GHz overclock included within the field. Every chip loses its Intel guarantee because of delidding and overclocking, so Caseking affords a two-year guarantee of its personal to make sure you’re getting a working chip that may final.
Case King isn’t the one firm providing this sort of service, although. Silicon Lottery has some assured overclockers of its personal, however they’re costlier. Its assured 5.1GHz overclockable 9900KS will set you again $750, whereas its 5.2GHz assured overclockable 9900KS is priced at $1,200, though on the time of writing they’re virtually all bought out.