Last year, Intel showcased a CPU during its keynote a processor with all of its cores at 5 GHz. Today, that becomes a reality – Intel is set to launch a processor that promises that frequency in any scenario. The new Core i9-9900KS is an 8-core processor that will run at 5.0 GHz during single core workloads and multi-core workloads.

That demo last year was on an overclockable 28-core Xeon CPU, but in reality was clocked way lower. There was even a good amount of controversy, as Intel didn’t state at the time they were using a sub-zero chiller to achieve that result. But this year we’re getting something a little more realistic. The new Core i9-9900KS uses the same silicon currently in the i9-9900K, but selectively binned in order to achieve 5.0 GHz on every core, all of the time.

Technically the CPU has a base frequency of 4.0 GHz, however it will only ever go down to that amount based on a default Intel BIOS (no consumer board uses the base BIOS specifications). The new CPU will be enabled in the same motherboards as the Core i9-9900K, but with a small firmware update. The CPU also has the same integrated graphics as the Core i9-9900K.

Intel did not tell us the TDP yet, but we will update this article when we know. Pricing and the launch date are also an unknown, however Intel SVP and GM Gregory Bryant is running a keynote here at Computex in a couple of days, and we expect to have the details then.

Update 05/28: As part of his Computex keynote, Gregory Bryant has confirmed that the processor is launching in Q4 of this year. Pricing and TDP will presumably be announced much closer to the actual launch.

Intel 9th Gen Core 8-Core Desktop CPUs
AnandTech Cores Base
All-Core Turbo Single
Core Turbo
i9-9900KS 8 / 16 4.0 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.0 GHz UHD 630 2666 ? ?
i9-9900K 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.7 GHz 5.0 GHz UHD 630 2666 95 W $488
i9-9900KF 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.7 GHz 5.0 GHz - 2666 95 W $488
i7-9700K 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.9 GHz UHD 630 2666 95 W $374
i7-9700KF 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.9 GHz - 2666 95 W $374

The main difference compared to the Core i9-9900K is currently that all-core turbo value, which is a flat 5.0 GHz, a 300 MHz increase. There's a slight chance Intel might have increased the TDP, especially given that the base frequency (which TDP is built on) has increased 10% from 3.6 GHz to 4.0 GHz.

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Intel did have a demo system for us to look at, which used a standard off-the-shelf motherboard and a closed loop liquid cooler. Intel confirmed that the chip is soldered, and that this is just simply the same silicon as the 9900K but better binned.

More info in a couple of days.

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  • Pewzor - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    So Intel is rereleasing 9900k with altered all core boost ratio and maybe slightly better binned.
    Okay I don't see why this is exciting since all the Intel sub people say 99.5% of the 9900k can already do all core 5.1ghz
  • Karmena - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    This is exciting as now 9900Ks are the bottom feeders and most of them will not OC so easily to said 5.1GHz as those are now 9900KS SKUs.
  • Krayzieka - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    gotta investigate intel 9900ks tdp whether its real or fake and also benchmark with patch
  • Korguz - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    oh look.. a PR move from intel....
  • Krayzieka - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    special edition.... that mean limited inventory =.-
  • godrilla - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    it would need to be clocked at 5.3 ghz to match ryzen 3800x at stock though, based on 15% ipc gains.
  • vbigdeli - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    I think I should stop to see the news about Intel after seeing great AMD products within last year and now.
  • John_Krisfalusci - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    So is this any different than those with 9900k and oc'd to 5.0 already?
  • CityBlue - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    Any sign of the Zombieload article from Anandtech and the dire performance/security effects it has on Intel hardware? Or does Intel have this site by the balls? Just asking, because it's increasingly looking like they do...
  • Qasar - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    ian answered this in another post... backlogged and running tests still i think it was

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