Intel has announced the fastest desktop CPU it has ever produced. According to the company, the new 13th-Gen Core i9-13900KS breaks the 6GHz barrier, a first for the company. This new process is an “S” version of the current 13th Gen Core i9-13900K. This earlier CPU was capable of 5.8GHz turbo frequency and has been available since last year.
Intel points out that the new Core i9-13900KS is available today and costs $699. Not only is the chipset a breakthrough for Intel, but it is also a milestone for the industry. In terms of consumer desktop CPUs, the 13900KS is the first to break 6GHz without overclocking.
To achieve this, Intel leverages its Thermal Velocity Boost technology, which essentially allows high speeds without overclocking. The company says the new Core i9 delivers better PC gaming performance. To get that extra speed without overclocking, Intel taps into more electricity, which basically means the 13900KS is power hungry.
Whereas the standard 13900K has a base power of 125 watts, the new 13900KS uses 150 watts at base and will hit over 250 watts during max turbo power.
Aside from the power and turbo capabilities, the KS is the same as its S sibling in terms of overall specifications:
- “24 cores (eight Performance-cores and 16 Efficient-cores), 32 threads, 150W processor base power, 36MB Intel Smart Cache and a total of 20 PCIe lanes (16 PCIe 5.0 and four PCIe 4.0 lanes).
- Up to DDR5 5600 MT/s and DDR4 3200 MT/s support.
- Compatible with Z790 and Z690 motherboards, with the latest BIOS recommended for the best gaming and content creation experience.”
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