First mentioned in the opening keynote of Innovation 2022 by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, Intel has unveiled its highly anticipated 6 GHz off-the-shelf processor, the Core i9-13900KS. The Core i9-13900KS has 24 cores (8P+16E) within a core hybrid architecture design for performance and efficiency, with the exact base specs of the Core i9-13900K but with an impressive 6 GHz max. It has a P core turbo. .
Based on Intel’s Raptor Lake-S desktop series, Intel claims the Core i9-13900KS is the first desktop processor to reach 6 GHz without overclocking right out of the box. The Core i9-13900KS available today features a slightly higher base TDP of 150W (versus 125 for the 13900K), 36MB of Intel’s L3 smart cache, and the Special Edition status of the Core i9-13900KS is , the highest frequency of any desktop chip out of the box at 6 GHz, without the need for manual overclocking.
Intel Core i9-13900KS: 6 GHz P-Core Turbo for $699
This screenshot Promotional video for Intel’s Core i9-13900KS
from Intel sneak peek video on YouTube The Core i9-13900KS unveiled on January 10th appears to hit 6 GHz on 2 of its 8 Performance (P) cores, with clock speeds up to 5.6 GHz on the remaining 6 cores. Very impressive. One of the adjustments Intel has to make to power limits to achieve these frequencies is somewhat obscure.
Intel hasn’t specified if the Core i9-13900KS is a special binned part, but from previous KS launches this was the case and we expect it to be the case today. There are very few reports of the -13900K chip being overclocked to 6 GHz in ambient, only the best examples and those with very aggressive and premium ambient cooling solutions capable of this.
We know that the Core i9-13900KS has a base TDP of 150W, which is a 25W increase from the Core i9-13900K (125W base TDP). Interestingly, Jason Xie, his marketing engineer at Intel Technical, says in a promo video that everything is set to standard in Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU). While watching the video, I noticed that the XTU screen itself was a breeze, with PL1 and PL2 limits he set at 300W. Intel hasn’t revealed any details about his PL1 or PL2 limitations of the Core i9-13900KS. Still, the video states that everything is on default settings.
Here’s Intel’s current Intel 13th Gen Core i9-series stack (as of 01/12/2023):
|Intel 13th Generation Core i9 Series: Raptor Lake-S (as of 01/12)|
*PL1/PL2 300W limit is based on a promotional video published on Jan 10th on Intel’s YouTube channel.
Comparing the Core i9-13900KS Special Edition processor head-to-head with the regular Core i9-13900K, we can see that Intel’s intended 6 GHz target for its Raptor Lake-S special edition chips requires 200 MHz on the P-Core Turbo. there is an increase. Other specs like E-core base and turbo clock speeds remain at 2.2 GHz and 4.3 GHz respectively. The Core i9-13900KS also benefits from 36MB of L3 cache and features Intel’s UHD 770 integrated graphics processor.
Intel has not disclosed how many Core i9-13900KS parts will be available during the Raptor Lake-S lifecycle. As we saw in previous iterations of KS edition SKUs (S stands for special edition), there are usually a limited number of processors produced. Is this because the samples are binned to ensure a P-core turbo frequency of 6 GHz is achievable, or is it because Intel can choose a more sophisticated binning method.
Intel Client Computing Group (CCG) Manager Marcus Kennedy said:The Core i9-13900KS continues the excellence of the 13th Generation Intel Core desktop processor family and showcases new performance heights enabled by a performance hybrid architecture.he also said, “Extreme gamers and enthusiasts can take their everyday performance to a new level with the first desktop processor in the PC industry to offer 6.0 GHz speeds off-the-shelf.”.
The Intel Core i9-13900KS is available now at most retailers with a suggested retail price of $699. That’s $40 less than the previous Core i9-12900KS ($739) that launched last year. Based on the current MSRP, the Core i9-13900KS is $110 more than the current Core i9-13900K.