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Intel Core i9-13900KS Flagship Processor Now Available – World’s First 6GHz, 24-Core CPU

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Intel recently launched its latest flagship CPU, the 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900KS Raptor Lake processor. The Core i9-13900KS is a highly binned variant of the Core i9-13900K, making it possible to reach a clock speed of 6GHz out of the box. It’s also Intel’s answer to AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7000X3D processors. What’s the difference between the Core i9-13900KS and i9-13900K(F), you might ask? And if it is worth it over the K(F) variant? I’ll answer that in a separate article. For now, you can check out more details about the Core i9-13900KS from the official news release below. I’ve also added links to where you can get one.

13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900KS

13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900KS Brings Unprecedented Speed to Desktop Users

“Boasting 6.0 GHz frequency, the i9-13900KS is a milestone moment for the PC industry.”

Intel today announced full details and availability for the new 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900KS, the world’s fastest desktop processor. It delivers up to 6.0 gigahertz (GHz) max turbo frequency out of the box – the first processor in the PC industry to cross that threshold at stock – to power world-class gaming and creating experiences for desktop enthusiasts.

Marcus Kennedy, Intel Client Computing Group manager, Gaming and Channel:
“The Core i9-13900KS continues our 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family excellence, showcasing the new performance heights made possible by our performance hybrid architecture. Extreme gamers and enthusiasts can now push their everyday performance further than ever before with the first desktop processor in the PC industry to provide 6.0 GHz speeds at stock.”

The unlocked i9-13900KS processor represents a major milestone in the PC industry – bringing faster speeds than before to enthusiast desktop users. In addition to 24 cores, it delivers up to 6.0 GHz max turbo frequency and 36MB Intel® Smart Cache for incredible performance in gaming and content creation workloads.

Key features and capabilities of the i9-13900KS include:

  • Up to 6.0 GHz max turbo frequency with Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost – the first CPU in the PC industry to reach 6.0 GHz without overclocking.
  • Intel® Adaptive Boost Technology for improved gaming performance by opportunistically allowing higher multicore turbo frequencies.
  • 24 cores (eight Performance-cores and 16 Efficient-cores), 32 threads, 150W processor base power, 36MB Intel Smart Cache and a total of 20 PCIe lanes (16 PCIe 5.0 and four PCIe 4.0 lanes).
  • Up to DDR5 5600 MT/s and DDR4 3200 MT/s support.
  • Compatible with Z790 and Z690 motherboards, with the latest BIOS recommended for the best gaming and content creation experience.
  • The i9-13900KS processor allows gamers and enthusiasts to take performance to the next level.

Intel Core i9-13900KS Pricing and Availability

This special edition processor will be available beginning Jan. 12, 2023, with a recommended customer price starting at $699. For the latest pricing and availability, kindly follow the links below. (#ad)

Intel Core i9-13900KS is available on Amazon.com here or Newegg.com here
Intel Core i9-13900K is available on Amazon.com here or Newegg.com here

13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900KS Specifications

SpecificationsCore i9-13900KS Core i9-13900K
LithographyIntel 7Intel 7
Total Cores2424
No. of Performance-cores88
No. of Efficient-cores1616
Total Threads3232
Max Turbo Frequency6.00 GHz5.80 GHz
Intel Thermal Velocity Boost Frequency6.00 GHz5.80 GHz
Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency5.80 GHz5.70 GHz
Performance-core Max Turbo Frequency5.40 GHz5.40 GHz
Efficient-core Max Turbo Frequency4.30 GHz4.30 GHz
Performance-core Base Frequency3.20 GHz3.00 GHz
Efficient-core Base Frequency2.40 GHz2.20 GHz
Cache36 MB Intel® Smart Cache36 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Total L2 Cache32 MB32 MB
Processor Base Power150 W125 W
Maximum Turbo Power253 W253 W
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)128 GB128 GB
Memory TypesUp to DDR5 5600 MT/s Up to DDR4 3200 MT/sUp to DDR5 5600 MT/s Up to DDR4 3200 MT/s
Max no. of Memory Channels22
Max Memory Bandwidth89.6 GB/s89.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedYesYes
Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 770Intel® UHD Graphics 770
Graphics Base Frequency300.00 GHz300 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.65 GHz1.65 GHz
Graphics OutputeDP 1.4b | DP 1.4a | HDMI 2.1eDP 1.4b | DP 1.4a | HDMI 2.1
PCI Express Revision5.0 and 4.05.0 and 4.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16+4 | 2x8+4Up to 1x16+4 | 2x8+4
Max no. of PCI Express Lanes2020
Launch DateJanuary 2023October 2022
Launch Price$699 $589
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