Intel has just released their latest 12th Generation (Alder Lake) processor, which the company has promised is more powerful than anything before it. The new processor, the Core i9-12900KS is being marketed as the world’s fastest desktop processor by the company with a max turbo frequency of 5.5Ghz.
The Core i9-12900KS is aimed at gaming enthusiasts and graphics professionals looking for the most processing power. Marcus Kennedy, Intel’s General Manager of Gaming, Creator, and Esports Segment, was all praise for the new CPU, saying, “Intel continues to push the envelope for desktop gaming with the new 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900KS processor. Based on Intel’s 12th Gen performance hybrid architecture, this processor can hit 5.5 GHz on up to two cores for the first time, giving the most extreme gamers the ability to maximize performance.”
The Core i9-12900KS uses the Alder Lake’s hybrid architecture and features 16 cores that are split into eight efficiency-cores and eight-performance-cores for a total of 24 threads. The new processor also has 30MB of Intel Smart Cache and a 150-watt processor power base.
Key Features and Capabilities of the i9-12900KS Include:
- Up to 5.5 GHz max turbo frequency with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost.
- Intel Adaptive Boost Technology for improved gaming performance by opportunistically allowing higher multi-core turbo frequencies.
- 16 cores (eight P-cores and eight E-cores), 24 threads, 150W processor base power, 30MB Intel Smart Cache, and PCIe Gen 5.0 and 4.0 support.
- Up to DDR5 4800 MT/s and DDR4 3200 MT/s support.
- Chipset compatible with existing Z690 motherboards with latest BIOS recommended for the best gaming experience.
Like all previous Alder Lake Processors released by the company, the Core i9-12900KS is compatible with the current Z690 motherboards and Intel recommends that the BIOS should be upgraded to get the most out of the chip. Furthermore, the new chip is compatible with both PCIe 4.0, PCIe 5.0, DDR4, and DDR5 RAM like the other Alder Lake CPUs.
Intel might have taken the lead with the most powerful desktop processor, but its days may be numbered soon with the launch of the new AMD Zen4 chips and Intel’s own Raptor Lake Processors that are due later this year. The Core i9-12900KS goes on sale on April 5 with a starting price of $739 at retailers.
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