Intel is yet to officially launch the Core i9-12900KS, but thanks to an early listing from Newegg, we now have a good idea of what the MSRP of the latest 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake-S” flagship desktop processor might be. A screenshot of the listing captured by leaker @momomo_us can confirm that the CPU will cost $799 at the usual retailers, which is sure to disappoint those of you who thought that Intel would be generous to sell it at a price that’s only mildly higher than its standard counterpart—this premium is $210 higher than the Core i9-12900K, which carries a $589 MSRP. Newegg’s listing has also revealed some previously unknown specifications of the Core i9-12900KS, such as its base clock speeds and true MTP.
Intel Core i9-12900KS 5.5 GHz Alder Lake CPU now available on Newegg for 799 USD (VideoCardz)
According to the listing, the base clock of Efficient cores is 2.5 GHz, while boost is 4.0 GHz. This means that the KS variant of the 12900K CPU has 100 MHz faster Efficient cores.
For Performance cores, we are looking at 200 MHz higher base clock (3.4 GHz) and 300 MHz higher turbo at 5.5 GHz (Thermal Velocity Boost). Finally, Newegg appears to claim that MTP (Maximum Turbo Power/PL2) is 241W, not 250W as previously mentioned.
The early listing at Newegg indicates a very close launch date, possibly even today (we do not have a confirmed launch date). More importantly, the CPU has a price of 799 USD, which is 210 USD more than the original version. This SKU might be a good choice among those looking for the best performance out of the box without a need to tinker with the clocks.