The processor is part of the KS series, namely the Core i9-12900KS. In his keynote, Intel said this processor went on sale this quarter but did not explain how much it would cost.
The letter "S" in its name is called by Tom"s Hardware as a sign that this processor will be sold in limited quantities. What"s so great about this processor? As mentioned above, the single core clock speed on the Core i9-12900KS can be launched up to 5.5 GHz, an increase of 300MHz from 12900K.
In the demo at the launch event, the 12900KS performance core can survive at a speed of 5.2 GHz when used to play Hitman 3. However, it is not explained how much power is consumed, or the cooling system used to reach this speed.
Unfortunately again, you may not be able to buy this processor for free. Because Intel executive VP Gregory Bryant said the 12900KS was initially only sold to their OEM customers. So if ordinary consumers want to use it, they have to buy it in the form of a finished PC from a PC assembly company.
As previously reported, Intel is bringing 22 Alder Lake processors for desktop to CES 2022, ranging from the Core i9-12900 which costs $489 to the Celeron G6900 which costs $42.
Intel also released a line of motherboard chips (mobo) to be paired with this new processor. Like the three consumer-class mobo chipsets in the 600 series, namely the H670, H660, and H610, accompanying the previously existing Z690 chipset line.
The features in the 600 series chipset are certainly more minimal than the Z690, but are quite sufficient for standard purposes. Features that are reduced include fewer PCI and USB lanes, but still have key features such as WiFi 6E and PCIe 4.0.
Intel also has three new CPU cooling fans that will be bundled with 65W class processors, namely the Intel Laminar RH1 (with RGB lights) packaged with the Core i9 series, Laminar RM1 for Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3, and Laminar RS1 for Pentium. and Celeron.