AMD was pushed to its limits when Intel officially announced the release date of its upcoming Core i9-12900KS, a desktop CPU that rivals the best processors on the market today.
The new CPU will arrive on April 5 and will hit shelves more than two weeks ahead of the upcoming AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Both Intel and AMD often talked about their upcoming processors, with both claiming clear upgrades in gaming scenarios. AMD called the Ryzen 7 5800X3D the “world’s most advanced desktop gaming processor”, indirectly comparing it to Intel’s Core i9-12900K. With these two new CPUs getting so close together, the competition is likely to be tight. While AMD was the first to announce a firm release date, Intel’s CPU will arrive first.
The upcoming Intel Core i9-12900KS is launched as a direct successor to the Core i9-12900K, with improved specs and tons of power. It comes with 16 cores (8 performance, 8 efficient) and 24 threads, as well as clock speeds of up to 5.5GHz in turbo mode and 30MB of L3 cache. The CPU also features a processor base power of 150 watts.
In terms of cores, the new Core i9-12900KS has the same configuration as its predecessor, the Core i9-12900K. When it comes to clock speeds, however, it beat the previous king of the hill by a noticeable margin, running 300MHz in turbo mode. Owning one of the best CPUs available doesn’t come cheap, though, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Core i9-12900KS comes with a hefty price tag.
The i9-12900KS will cost $740 from the get-go. Compared to the Core i9-12900K, people will pay a big premium to buy the latest model: the older CPU is currently on sale fordown from $707. While it’s true that Intel’s new offering will undoubtedly beat the Core i9-12900K, many people may not want to spend $740 on gains that may turn out not to be that important in gaming.
Then there’s the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D. The chip, featuring AMD’s innovative 3D V-Cache architecture, will be the first – and only – of its kind. In a recent benchmark, it was able to deliver a 9% performance boost over the base Ryzen 7 5800X. At first glance, the Core i9-12900KS seems to beat the new AMD offering as this CPU comes with eight cores, 16 threads and a boost clock up to 4.5GHz that cannot be overclocked. On the other hand, the massive 96MB of stacked L3 cache is huge, so there will definitely be some degree of rivalry between these two CPUs.
When it comes to pricing, AMD beats Intel by leaps and bounds. The new Ryzen 7 5800X3D has a much more reasonable MSRP of $450. However, Intel launches first, and that alone could be bad news for AMD and push undecided customers in Intel’s direction. There is also the possibility that the Core i9-12900KS will prove to be superior to AMD.
Once the first benchmarks of the Core i9-12900KS start leaking out, we’ll be able to measure its performance accurately and compare it quickly enough to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D. One thing is certain: exciting times are ahead for desktop gamers.