In addition to the inaugural launch of its 13th generation Raptor Lake lineup, Intel’s Pat Gelsinger also confirmed that the chipmaker would indeed be releasing the 13900KS, a CPU that will run at 6GHz out of the box. News of its existence first broke earlier in the month, during the chipmaker’s Technology Tour 2022.
For the uninitiated, the KS Series is both a recent and interesting addition by Intel to its CPU lineup. Arguably a carry forward from its Extreme CPU HEDT days, KS labelled CPUs like the 13900KS house hand-picked, pre-binned cores that offer the best power efficiency and operating efficiency. The first of these series of CPUs is the Core i9-12900KS, a processor that we actually reviewed earlier this year and had a maximum boost clock of 5.5GHz for not one, but two of its P-Cores.
Sadly, Intel didn’t share any additional details about the 13900KS during the Technology Tour and the recent Innovation 2022 presentation although a leaked CPU-Z benchmark claims that the upcoming chip is able to easily overcome other members of the Raptor Lake family. On top of that, it didn’t specify if the announced 6GHz boost clocks will also be applied to two P-Cores, but if the chipmaker aims to make this a trend moving forward, then this point is likely to be a repeat performance.
To be fair, 6GHz on the 13900KS isn’t the highest clock speed Intel has achieved. Going back to the earlier Technology Tour this month, it told visitors and viewers that it had already managed to push that same CPU to speeds of 8GHz on all cores, albeit with the aid of the overclocker’s most trusted friend: liquid nitrogen (LN2).
Credit where it is due, that is undoubtedly a lot higher than what AMD’s own overclocking team managed to achieve with Team Red’s own top-tier offering from the new Ryzen 7000 Series, the Ryzen 9 7950X. Hardware detective APISAK recently discovered CPU-Z submissions that showed the CPU running at 6.5GHz on all cores together with a single-core speed of 7.2GHz – all with the use of liquid nitrogen, of course.
In any case, we’ll just have to wait until next year to learn more about the 13900KS.
(Source: Intel, Videocardz)
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