Intel announces its Core i9-13900KS… a CPU that makes you forget about overclocking

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True to form with Core i9s, Intel has announced a special version for its i9-13900K: the Core i9-13900KS. This chip has the particularity of reaching natively, and therefore without the need for overclocking, the symbolic limit of 6 GHz. However, be careful, a (very) resistant heatsink system is required.

Here’s the Core i9-13900KS, an even more cutting-edge 13900K // Source: Intel

With a turbo frequency of 6 GHz from the factory and a base frequency fixed at 3.2 GHz, the new Core i9-13900KS wants to chart its course two steps ahead of its little brother the “classic” 13900 K, limited for its part to frequencies ranging from 3.0 GHz base to 5.8 GHz in increase. 200 MHz more, therefore, for a chip that otherwise takes up most of the characteristics of the Core i9-13900K… with some exceptions as well.

Because beyond the difference in terms of frequencies, very logically Intel announces an increase in the PBP for this variant of KS. Thus we pass to 150 W of Processor Base Power, against 125 W in the classic model. MTB (max turbo power) remains pegged at 253 W on both processors, however, Intel says.

A price “driven” He too…

Regardless, the Core i9-13900KS retains 24 cores and 32 threads, 36MB Smart Cache, and obviously fits on the same motherboards as the Core i9-13900K (Z790 or Z690 chipsets).

To take advantage of the 6 GHz offered by the new Intel chip, you must have a cooling system (watercooling or cooler) that is efficient enough to dissipate its 253 W. As specified by Intel, the 6 GHz limit will not actually be achieved only. through the Thermal Velocity Boost mode, which automatically increases the frequencies according to the temperature of the processor, among others.

«Frequency gain and duration [de ce gain] depends on workload, CPU capabilities and cooling solution“, explains the firm. In other words, if the Core i9-13900KS gets too hot in its tower, it probably won’t reach its maximum frequency often.

Intel, for its part, raises the price of this 13900 KS as much as its frequencies. For the additional 200 MHz applied, the firm charges an additional $110 over the recommended rate ($699 for the 13900KS, versus $589 for the 13900K).

In our latitudes, several resellers offer the new Intel processor for around 900 euros, instead of the 650-700 euros that the “classic” K model claimed.

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