The first tests of the new Intel processor

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Intel is preparing a new, most efficient gaming processor, but we will have to wait a little longer for its premiere. It seem like some people already have access to this CPU.

Core i9-12900KS – the most efficient gaming processor

We are talking about the Core i9-12900KS model, which was talked about at the end of last year. The layout was officially announced at CES 2022

The snippet with the CPU presentation starts at 4:45.

Actually, we are dealing with an overclocked Core i9-12900K model, which is to offer even better performance. More efficient P-Core cores in a single-threaded load accelerate to 5.5 GHz, and in a multi-threaded load, they are to reach 5.2 GHz. The manufacturer left the multiplier unlocked, so nothing stands in the way of increasing them even more.

ModelIntel Core i9-12900Intel Core i9-12900KIntel Core i9-12900KS
GenerationAlder Lake-SAlder Lake-SAlder Lake-S
Cores / threads
(P-Core + E-Core)
(8/16 + 8/8)
(8/16 + 8/8)
(8/16 + 8/8)
P core clock2.4 / 5.1 GHz3.2 / 5.2 GHz??? / 5.5 GHz
Core clock E1.8 / 3.8 GHz2.4 / 3.9 GHz?
Memory controllerDDR4-3200
L3 memory30 MB30 MB30 MB
GraphicsUHD 770UHD 770UHD 770
TDP125 W.125 W.125 W.

The KS model is going to be the most efficient gaming processor thanks to the increased clock speed (it is competing with AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D model in this respect ). Will it really be so? We will figure it out after the premiere.

The KS model is going to be the most efficient gaming processor thank to the increased clock speed

The shipment of processors will start at the end of this quarter. It is not known whether the processor will go to a traditional sale (and if so, how much it will cost).

Core i9-12900KS performance tests

However, it seems some people already have access to the Core i9-12900KS model. The Chinese Taobao website has an offer to sell a processor with a screen showing the performance of the unit (additionally overclocked to 5.4 GHz on all cores).

In the Cinebench R23 benchmark, the processor is to achieve 29 519 points, so about 7-8% more than the regular model ( Core i9-12900K in our test scored 27 376 points). It can be expected that in games this difference will be smaller.

If you want to buy a processor before the premiere, the prohibitive price may be a problem. 12900KS was valued at 29,999 yuan, which according to the current exchange rate corresponds to about $ 4.700.