Intel prepares a Core i9-12900KS, afraid of the new AMD Ryzen?

Intel has not only reduced the disadvantage it had in multithreading with AMD with its new Core 12 processors, but it has managed to give a twist to the prevailing status quo of its rival and has marked distance. But there is a new threat on the horizon with the Zen 3+ or also called Zen 3D, so many of its partners already have in their hands the latest weapon against AMD: Core i9-12900KS.

Intel’s staunchest partners reportedly already have in their hands what would be the ultimate weapon against AMD in 2022, a new CPU that will boost performance even further, so in a way Intel fears AMD. This new processor will be based on the current i9-12900K where your improvements will be very short, but enough to keep the crown of performance, at least on paper.

AMD’s doubt and Intel’s move

Intel Core 12 mount render fake

There are many doubts, too many, about what AMD is going to present at CES 2022 and especially the fact that there are NO leaks of the new Zen 3+ for desktop. We have the first data on a Ryzen 6000U CPU versus its previous series counterpart and although they are basic, the differences were + 4% for these new CPUs.

The problem will not be so much in multithreading as in gaming, at least according to what AMD revealed. In multithread the difference at the top of the table is barely 1% on average, with specific cases of greater distance yes, but where one wins the other is returned elsewhere, giving rise to almost a technical tie where Intel It wins by the bare minimum, which is a milestone if we look at where the i9-11900K was a year ago.

Therefore, AMD will give a small push to this point to place itself above and another much greater to improve in gaming, where an average 15% more is expected, something that Intel does not want to allow. Hence this i9-12900KS, but what news does it bring?

Intel Core i9-12900KS


The improvements are, as expected, minimal in this sense and in terms of number of cores or type of them, nothing changes, everything is maintained. The changes are introduced from the frequency in PL1 and PL2, where it has logically increased while keeping the base in the same place. Thus, this i9-12900K will have all the P-Cores at 5.2 GHz as standard, which means 200 MHz more than the plain K version, but as we are seeing since this frequency came out, it depends a lot on the workload and the resulting temperature.

Saving the TAU of this CPU and seeing how the original i9-12900K behaves that goes down to 4.8 GHz at specific times, it is more than likely that what we have is a frequency over the 5 GHz sustained. Keep in mind that this effect can be achieved with settings in BIOS such as All Sync Cores from ASUS and other brands, except that surely the final resulting voltage will not be the same because Intel will have left the best chips for this i9-12900KS.

At the end of the day and as we saw in the previous KS, they will be serial bined chips, so we will have the best that Intel will put on the market against AMD.

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