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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  • Krayzieka - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    oh man Intel is getting scary i dont believe all base cores will run at 95W...
  • Teckk - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    If it's not a huge delta in power consumption, this would be pretty awesome.
  • halcyon - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    " 8-core processor that will run at 5.0 GHz during single core workloads and multi-core workloads."

    Under full AVX workloads using Intel stock cooler?

    Highly doubt it.
  • Bavor - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    It doesn't come with a stock cooler. Its been several years since K processors came with a cooler.
  • halcyon - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    .... AND it doesn't do 5Ghz all core during AVX loads, as reported by Toms Hardware.

    So, so much for "5Ghz all cores all the time".
  • Krayzieka - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Intel market this first so Intel can possibly slow down people buying into zen 2 until Intel have something added. its plain simple
  • jospoortvliet - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    Yup. And it gets released in q4, with limited supply or high prices (or both) I bet.
  • tipoo - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    300MHz bump for what power efficiency loss I wonder. The 14nm fruit has been squeezed down to an atom at this point.
  • imaheadcase - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    No one cares about power efficiency in high end chips. Its like buying a sports car and complaining the engine is to loud.
  • Arbie - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Not true. I want a powerful CPU that will only run hot when it needs to. In my situation an additional 10W is noticeable. So along with all the other Zen 2 attractions, AMD's PrecisionBoost looks great to me.

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