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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  • OTG - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    I dunno, I think their desperation now is even more impressive than it was then.
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - link

    How can you know that and *not* know what a shame that was?
  • nerd1 - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    I'm running my 9900K at 5.2ghz all core.... so what's new?
  • weevilone - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Not having to win the silicon lottery to obtain one.
  • Krayzieka - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    lol but at higher tdp
  • Korguz - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - link

    do you keep your computer in a fridge to keep it cool ? all core ALL the time ? post a screen of CPUz while running something that will get it to run at those speeds :-)
  • svan1971 - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Hey Intel can I enable hper threading without causing a security risk? I mean for $500 can I actually use the thing? How many firmware/bios updates will it need and how much will my performance plummet? Should I wait for i10 and yet another new motherboard and socket/chipset?
  • svan1971 - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Or should I just go Ryzen 3000 series next month ?
  • nandnandnand - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

  • werpu - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Is this the PL 9700k BH edition? (Abbreviation for Paperlaunch 9700K Building Heating edition)

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