Although AMD is preparing to compete with Intel through the upcoming Ryzen 9 3950X, Intel is maintaining its position in the high-end gaming market by announcing the launch of a special edition of the Core i99900KS today. It was released today (October 30) with a retail price of $ 513.00. It is Intel's most powerful consumer gaming processor to date.
is very similar to the existing Core i99900K, except for its binning, the core i99900KS has a base clock speed of 4 GHz (3.6 GHz higher than 9900K) and a 5 GHz turbo boost (especially smart overclockers have managed to reach the legendary 5 GHz and 9900K).
Additionally, it also has 16MB of Intel Smart Cache, Z390 slot support, and 16 threads, just like the 9900K, although it does raise the TDP requirement from 95W to 127W, and provides 40 PCIe lanes. Intel also criticized it as the best candidate for serious overclocking.
To this end, Intel has compiled some data to attract consumers. When dealing with streaming media and side-by-side games, 9900KS should be 27 stars, while having 35% higher FPS and editing 17-star 4K video. Not bad until you see the comparison: three years of build and state-of-the-art hardware. This is marketing nonsense, so don't let it influence your decision.
We expect the Core i99900KS special edition to run quite limited, so if you are interested, we recommend that you release it as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
With the upcoming Ryzen 9 3950X, the performance of 16 cores and 32 threads and a lower price range, the timing of the Core i99900KS Special Edition may cause its downfall. It was released to attract manufacturers looking forward to the release of Ryzen 3950X, but we are not sure if its packaging is sufficient to make them fit the budget.