Intel Core i9-13900KS Processor Breaks The Barrier Of 6GHz At $699
In order to breach the 6GHz barrier at stock rates, Intel is releasing its most powerful desktop CPU to date. The Intel Core i9-13900KS is built on the 13th Gen Core i9-13900K, which last year, with its 5.8GHz turbo frequency, came very close to breaking the 6GHz barrier. Today, the Intel Core i9-13900KS will be sold in retailers for $699.
The 13900KS is the first CPU to achieve 6GHz without overclocking, breaking over the 6GHz barrier, and enhancing PC gaming performance. It does this by utilizing Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost technology. However, it accomplishes so by consuming more electricity. The base power of the 13900K was 125 watts; in the 13900KS, Intel increased this to 150 watts. It will reach slightly more than 250 watts at maximum turbo power, similar to the 13900K.
The only real differences between the 13900KS and the 13900K are the power and turbo frequency. It still features 24 cores (eight performance and 16 efficiency cores), 32 threads, 36MB of Intel Smart Cache, and 20 PCIe lanes, but the performance core base speeds have been increased from 3GHz to 3.2GHz (16 PCIe 5 and four PCIe 4 lanes).
With a BIOS update, Z790 and Z690 motherboards will support the 13900KS, and shops will start retailing the CPU in boxes on shelves and OEM systems as of today. The suggested beginning cost is $699.
Just a few weeks before AMD releases its Ryzen 7000 X3D CPUs, Intel releases its newest CPU. According to AMD, the top-tier Ryzen 9 7950X3D chip will be the “ideal processor for gamers and creators,” with promises of up to a 25% improvement in performance for CPU-bound 1080p games.