With the reveal of the next-generation Core Series platform, Intel confirms it will release its first desktop CPU with an out-of-the-box clock of 6.0 GHz in 2023.
The new part, expected to be named Core i9-13900KS, will be released next year, but only in limited volumes. The KS-series SKUs are pre-binned CPUs that provide the greatest power performance and stability at higher clock speeds. The Core i9-12900KS model which was released by Intel a year ago is the most powerful SKU in the Alder Lake-S series and offers 5.5 GHz with all cores right out of the box.
The 6.0 GHz claim is not quite clear as to whether it applies to all cores or just a specific number of them. However, it is clearly not applicable to the other 16 Efficient cores and only applies to the Performance (Raptor Cove) cores.
The 12th Generation Core KS Special Edition was released for $739, a significant $150 increase over the i9-12900K. Although it is uncertain how much more the 13900KS will cost but it will undoubtedly be pricey.
Shortly after the release of AMD’s Ryzen 7000X3D series with 3D V-Cache, the launch of the 6-GHz desktop CPU is expected. It has been rumored that this would take place during CES 2023.