Enthusiasts who are planning to make the jump to Intel’s Alder Lake flagship might want to hold off for a little bit, as there’s indication that blue team will be unveiling an even better version in the very near future.
That’s according to sources with VideoCardz, which claim that a Core i9-12900KS is already being tested by board partners. The new model is said to be a pre-binned SKU that features an all-core boost of 5.2 GHz, a notable improvement over the current Core i9-12900K flagship.
“It is basically a pre-binned SKU with an all-core (Performance core) boost at 5.2 GHz, so 200 MHz higher than 12900K,” VideoCardz explained. “This frequency heavily depends on a workload, and most reviews have shown that stock 12900K reaches around 4.85-4.9 GHz all-core boost, which is why the 12900KS should easily offer 5.0 GHz out of the box.”
As noted by VideoCardz, Intel hasn’t released a KS version of its processors since the Core i9-9900KS, a 9th-gen Coffee Lake CPU that was released in October 2019. The speculation is that Intel’s Core i9-12900KS was designed to go up against AMD’s upcoming Ryzen chips with new 3D V-Cache technology, which promises substantially higher gaming performance.