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The Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition Review: 5.0 GHz on All the Cores, All the Time

Intel's Core i9-9900KS arrives with impressive gaming performance.

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Hitman 2

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Hitman 2 finds the stock -9900KS trailing the overclocked Ryzen 9 3900X, but the results are close enough to call a tie. Meanwhile the stock -9700K leads both the 3900X and -9900KS, but tuning grants the KS the lead. 

Project Cars 2

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Although Project CARS 2 is purportedly optimized for threading, clock rates obviously affect this title's frame rates. Intel's per-core performance advantage pays big dividends in this title and the -9900KS takes a commanding lead over the Ryzen competition. After tuning, it also affords a pretty impressive bump over the overclocked -9900K, too. 

The -9700K impresses once again, matching the -9900K in both stock and overclocked trim. 

World of Tanks enCore

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The results in this title follow the general trend we've seen in the other game titles, with the KS cementing itself as the leader. 


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Paul Alcorn

Paul Alcorn is the Deputy Managing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage and enterprise hardware.