At its pre-IFA press event, Intel confirmed that its new enthusiast-class Core i9-9900KS processor will launch in October. The CPU will be very similar to the Core i9-9900K introduced last year, but will feature a higher all-core Turbo frequency when it has sufficient cooling.

The Intel Core i9-9900KS will feature eight cores with Hyper-Threading running at 4.0 GHz base frequency and boosting all the way to 5.0 GHz on all cores, up 300 MHz from 4.7 GHz in case of the Core i9-9900K. Essentially, the new CPU is just an eight-core Coffee Lake Refresh silicon binned to hit higher clocks when cooling is good enough.

Intel 9th Gen Core 8-Core Desktop CPUs
AnandTech Cores Base
All-Core Turbo Single
Core Turbo
i9-9900KS 8 / 16 4.0 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.0 GHz UHD 630 2666 ? ?
i9-9900K 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.7 GHz 5.0 GHz UHD 630 2666 95 W $488
i9-9900KF 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.7 GHz 5.0 GHz - 2666 95 W $488
i7-9700K 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.9 GHz UHD 630 2666 95 W $374
i7-9700KF 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.9 GHz - 2666 95 W $374

Intel first teased the Core i9-9900KS ahead of Computex earlier this year, so the product launch is not a surprise. The important thing is that the CPU will finally hit the market this October.

In a bid to maintain an intrigue, Intel did not disclose TDP of its new product. Besides, the company also did not disclose launch price of its Core i9-9900KS and we are curious to find out how much will the chipmaker want from its new range-topping enthusiast part.

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Source: Tom’s Hardware

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  • blppt - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    Heck, the 3900X is about the same price as the regular 9900K now. Well, that is if you can find one in stock.
  • StrangerGuy - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    Never underestimate the stupidity and wallets of Intel diehards. I have literally seen 2 guys buying CFL i5s at a local PC store with the entire 3rd gen Ryzen lineup already sit on the shelves, and they also seem to care more about RGBs than getting the best performance for their dollars.

    Thanks to the same people, I was able to sell my 8700K + Z370 and was able to upgrade to a 3700X + B450M Mortar for a mere $50.
  • Irata - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    For some people it is though. That's why top of the line products usually are disproportionally more expensive than mid range products.

    Some people want the fastest / best and are willing to pay.

    Then there are those people who get the bottom end version but still feel like they share in the top end version's power - kinda like having a 4 cylinder Camaro but feeling like you're actually owning a Corvette ZR1.

    Halo products are useful at attracting this kind of customer.
  • Ratiofarming - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    I work for a major retailer. People walk in and buy i5s and i7s as if AMD didn't exist. Not because they're fanboys, but because they don't know. They know i7 means "pretty fast" and i5 means "probably fast enough".

    Also 3900X don't exist outside of pre-orders. And never have since launch. Once they do (and AMD does find those 100-200mhz boost most are lacking) things might change.
  • Ratiofarming - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    I feel like I need to clarify. By don't exist outside of pre-orders I mean the few we get every now and then all go towards pre-orders and pre-built systems.

    You can't walk in and buy one.
  • blppt - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    "Also 3900X don't exist outside of pre-orders. And never have since launch"

    Sure they do---you have to be vigilant in checking newegg, micro center, etc. and either clicking 'order' or getting to the store location in time. Thats how i got mine a week or so ago.

    But demand definitely still outstrips supply. As for the reason people ignore AMD is that up until now, it seems major box stores like best buy only put AMD cpus in their low and lower-mid range systems, so by default the average consumer believes Intel=premium.
  • Irata - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    Plus whatever the sufficient cooling solution costs. Sadly, this is most of the time not included in the price shown / included for reviews.

    My point being that if you need to purchase a $100+ cooling solution in order to run the CPU at advertized speeds vs. another product that already includes an HSF, then the former's actual price is retail price plus cooling solution price.
  • schujj07 - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    Actual footage of someone turning on a desktop powered by the 9900ks
  • LoneWolf15 - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    Kind of a nice insult to everyone who bought a 9900K in the last 3-4 months, innit?

    Ah, well, I got mine for a fair bit less than the going rate back then and still less than today, and it does what I want. I’m wondering if they improved the STIM in addition to the binning.
  • Karmena - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    don't sweat, that is a good CPU. But at this moment I would not recommend it as you get more for your money. Sidegrades are not fun.

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