Update 3/28/2022 6:20am PT: Intel has now posted an official press release confirming that the 12900K will come to market on April 5 with a recommended price of $739.
Intel posted a tweet yesterday sharing the date for an upcoming live stream it is preparing that looks to be the launch event for the Core i9-12900KS. The primary discussion piece for the live stream will be the i9-12900KS, along with building four PCs during the live stream. The live stream will take place on April 5th at 12 PM PT, which happens to be next week.
If we had to guess, the four new PCs would be packing the Core i9-12900KS in celebration of the processor's release.
The Core i9-12900KS flaunts a boost clock speed of 5.5 GHz on two cores with an all-core turbo frequency of 5.2 GHz. Aside from the increased power consumption, that's the only difference between the "KS" and standard "K" models. These impressive core frequencies look amazing in early benchmark leaks, but the performance shouldn't be too much better than the 12900K.
For instance, the additional core frequencies only give the Core i9-12900KS an 11% higher multi-threaded score in Geekbench 5, with an even worse 4% performance boost for the single-core results. Notably, this is likely due to an unoptimized BIOS. Nevertheless, the Core i9-12900KS continues to be faster than the Ryzen 9 5950X, at least in Cinebench R23.
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Pricing doesn't look that good either, the $739 recommended price tag represents a significant premium over the Core i9-12900K's $599 MSRP, and that isn't what we'll see at retail. Newegg briefly listed the Core i9-12900KS for $799.99, a steep price for such small performance gains.
But, perhaps the strangest thing surrounding the Core i9-12900KS right now is its availability. Technically, Intel has not officially released the new special edition SKU, but two weeks ago, we found reports showing some customers already receiving Core i9-12900KS in full retail format -- somehow.
Intel will finally launch the Core i9-12900KS on April 5th, and motherboard vendors have already laid the groundwork for the Core i9-12900K, so the special edition chip will drop into existing LGA1700 motherboards seamlessly when it hits the market.
It's not about the price difference it's about having the best or just the second best. Or being a budged gamer/user, if this where the only option it would be terrible but intel has CPUs starting at $40-50 you don't need to spend 12900ks money on a CPU if you don't want to.
A 12700KS would make a ton more sense for most, as long as the price was more reflective of the performance gain.
We can see this by looking at silicon lottery numbers for their previous KS model.
You get more clocks for less Vcore ... until you hit the max clocks.
At the lowest tier you got 100Mhz MORE for 0.050V LESS
You are of course free to believe that people will be paying a premium to buy these CPUs just so they can run them at lower MHz to conserve power if you like...;) I won't stop you. But if they don't want to run at 5.5GHz in order to conserve power, there are much better deals, even in the current Intel stack. So, I think it's fair to say that no one who is looking at PPW is going to be looking at one of these. I think that's a completely rational statement, as Intel isn't advertising this CPU as a 'power saver.' And as is true with all ultra-binned CPUs, YMMV as consistency will vary from chip to chip.
So honestly the only person who has to worry about using such a Big and Power hungry cpu is the guy with a tiny....