Intel Core i9-12900KS CPU Could Take Alder Lake To New Levels

Intel is reportedly working on a new processor, the Intel Core i9-12900KS, which could become the best-performing 12th-generation Alder Lake CPU.

According to VideoCardz sources, the Intel Core i9-12900KS is currently being tested by the company’s board partners. The processor would be a pre-binned model with an all-core boost of 5.2 GHz (specific to the performance core), which would represent a 200 MHz increase over the standard 12900K.

A box for the Intel Core i9-11900K,

In comparison, the 12900K’s base frequency for performance reaches 3.20 GHz, while the efficient core’s base frequency clocks in at 2.40 GHz. The standard 12900K CPU offers an all-core boost frequency between 4.85 and 4.9 GHz, so the upgraded 12900KS variant should of course exceed 5.0 GHz without having to overclock the processor.

As mentioned above, the Intel Core i9-12900KS would work as a pre-binned CPU. A pre-binned processor is a term associated with a manufacturer that actually increases the frequency so that the model reaches a specific clock speed. Essentially, in the case of the i9-12900KS, consumers would at least have instant access to a powerful powerhouse. As such, it is a CPU that would be aimed at the enthusiast segment of the market.

Should Intel release the rumored i9-12900KS chip, it would mark the company’s first release of a pre-binned CPU in three generations. As noted by VideoCardz, the 11th generation Core series did not include a KS variant. As a result, this particular model has not been seen on the market since Intel launched the Core i9-9900KS in October 2019.

Intel’s unannounced Alder Lake-S CPU is most likely being prepared in response to AMD’s upcoming Ryzen processors equipped with 3D V-Cache based on the Zen 3 or Zen 4 microarchitecture. AMD’s upcoming CPUs will offer a 15% performance boost over the previous-generation Zen 2.

Expect the i9-12900KS to make an appearance at Intel’s CES 2022 press conference on January 4. The company is also likely to unveil the recently leaked Alder Lake-P mobile CPU lineup at the event.

Elsewhere, Intel has seemingly confirmed the existence of several future CPUs and GPUs. A previously leaked codename for a next-generation DG3 GPU, Elasti, appeared on a graphics test driver. Several upcoming CPUs were also mentioned, including Raptor Lake-S, Meteor Lake, Arrow Lake, and Lunar Lake.

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