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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  • regsEx - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    They better to release CML-S next month. At least mainstream i5 and i7. Zen 2 turn to be very expensive for those who switching from Intel, but i can't wait forever to change my 2500K.
  • Karmena - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    when you have 2 generations of CPUs in one socket on a good day and then you have platforms from intel where even next gen CPU requires new motherboard? Explain how it is more expensive if you have to change RAM, mobo and CPU?
  • regsEx - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    You still have to change motherboard if you have A320 or most X370.

    But that's not what i'm talking about. I'm talking about those who are buying full new platform, either having Intel or old AMD. X570 motherboards are 35 to 40% more expensive than Z390 counterparts. And there are no any good X470 motherboard with BIOS Flashback in retail except very expensive Asus Crosshair. B450 is not enough for me. I need 2 working PCIe x1 slots and 6 SATA ports.

    Mine is 7,5 years old, purchased in march 2011. There are no AMD motherboards from 2011 or 2012 that i would still use with Zen 2 as well.
  • AlSpaeth - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    Like getting blood out of a stone. Silicon technology hit the wall many years ago at 4-5ghz and Moore's Law which gave us double the CPU power every 18 month at the same price died long ago. Intel once promised a 10ghz CPU :)
    No significant performance jumps will be seen until we find a silicon replacement which, if found, may take a decade to reach the market. Other than higher cost and heat consumers will see little difference between this and a stock 9900K reaching 4.8-4.9ghz with minimal tweaks.
    Few single user apps can even use 8 core/16 threads. 16, 32, 64 cores great for multi-users/servers but actually slower for single users.
    AMD 7nm tech reduces power for mobile devices but having problems even reaching advertised clock speeds. M/Boards are pricey with PCIe 4 so Ryzen 3000 not really much cheaper. Leakage becomes a serious problem at 7nm and we have yet to see how long they will last when overclocked.
    Desktop market is shrinking.
    Lots of marketing hype to get us to keep spending more money with little or no real benefit.
    "Much ado about nothing"
  • magreen - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    They found the replacement for silicon long ago. Just that transparent aluminum is really hard to fab.
  • ajp_anton - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - link

    So what's the logic behind using the low-power -S suffix for this very much not low-power CPU?
  • mode_13h - Friday, September 6, 2019 - link

    OMFG!! WTF? Don't tell me they're actually going to use the *same* packaging for it! This is a disgrace!

    Man... for the $1k they're prolly gonna charge for this thing, that fancy box should have a couple propellers and fly itself out of the shipping box and right onto your workbench/table.

    ...but they prolly won't... Lazy, stingy Intel, thinking they can just give us a few more clocks and just recycle the same old box, while still pocketing our hard-earned cash. Oh God! The injustice! The indignity!

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