During Intel’s CES 2022 keynote, Gregory Bryant showed off the company’s unreleased Core i9-12900KS processor which is said to features a 5.5 GHz boost clock (1 core). The chip is also said to hit 5.2 GHz on all cores during multi-core workloads. This chip appears to be a highly binned Core i9-12900K able to hit those high clock speeds. The “S” indicates special edition, which we’ve seen from Intel in the past.
This seems like a direct response to AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which AMD claims is faster in gaming than Intel’s Core i9-12900K.
Intel did not show many other details on the processor like price, cooling required, etc. Bryant did say that the chip will ship to OEMs this quarter, which makes us wonder if you’ll only be able to get it in pre-build systems or if Intel will be offering it as a standalone processor.