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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  • Nagorak - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    Based on the prices Silicon Lottery is charging for pre-overclocked chips, it doesn't look like every 9900K is capable of doing 5 GHz on all cores.
  • piroroadkill - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Oh, you can really tell they want to do anything right now to derail the Zen 2 hype train
  • Krayzieka - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    just think about it. Why intel pre announce this cpu before zen 2? definitely not having AMD stealing their thunder.
  • just4U - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    Considering the news out of AMD today..
  • 12345 - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    I did pretty well on the silicon lottery with my 9900k doing 5.16GHz AVX @ 1.25v but it pulls ~190w in blender benchmark. I wonder what they're going to say the "tdp" is on this 9900ks or what will happen if you use a budget motherboard.
  • vidal6x6 - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    190w, you never used a pentium D805! 450w on the wall just for the CPU!
  • Krayzieka - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    intel will send all your motherboard on fire and force you to buy expensive equipement to keep them cool watch it will be 150 watt when its suppose to be 190 watt
  • jospoortvliet - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    That is impressively efficient, i hadn’t expected it to do that under 250 watt. Really >5ghz with AVX? At under 200 watt??
  • ParadoxalDream - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Well finally, after nine years Intel might just gave me a reason to upgrade my 2010 i5 2500K !
  • ParadoxalDream - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    eratum : 8 years, it's actually a 2011 CPU. My bad.

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