Intel has been prepping their Core i9-9900KS and it looks like it will be generally available in October. They plan to market it as the best processor money can buy for gaming. It is an 8-core, 16-thread processor with an all-core Turbo Boost frequency of 5.0 GHz. Intel also plans to point out the claim against AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series processors not hitting their advertised boost speeds. It is likely that “5GHz means 5GHz” could be the catchphrase used in marketing of the chip.
The chip is of course based on the existing 14nm++ “Coffee Lake Refresh” silicon, but it is likely very highly binned. One thing that Intel has not specified is the TDP of the chip. It should carry with it a much higher TDP than the Core i9-9900K as it should take a lot more power to sustain 5.0 GHz across all 8 cores. This chip could go heat to head with AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core/32-thread processor, which is expected to launch later this month.
The Core i9-9900KS will ship in a very similar acrylic case to the i9-9900K, but will have “Special Edition” branding on the front. It still lacks an included cooling solution.