For the first time, Intel is releasing its fastest desktop processor to date, breaking the 6GHz barrier at stock speeds. The new Core i9-13900KS is based on the 13th Generation Core i9-13900K, which came close to breaking the 6GHz barrier last year with a 5.8GHz turbo frequency. The new i9-13900KS is available in stores today for $699.
The Core i9-13900KS and Core i9-13900K have similar specifications. It has the same 24 cores (8 P Cores + 16 E Cores), but with a slightly higher base frequency on the P Cores of 3.2GHz and the same 2.2GHz base frequency on the E Cores.
It accomplishes this with the help of Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost, which can boost clock speeds on processors well beyond their turbo frequency threshold, provided the CPU has enough power and thermal headroom.
The KS variant, like the 13900K, has 36MB of L3 cache and 32MB of L2 cache. The major change that enables the new boost is an increase in base power usage to 150W, with a maximum boost power of 253W.
With a BIOS update, existing Z690 and Z790 motherboards will support the Core i9-13900KS, and the recommended selling price is $699. (approximately Rs 57,000).
The 13900KS is the first CPU to reach 6GHz without overclocking, thanks to Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost technology, which allows it to break through the 6GHz barrier and improve PC gaming performance. However, it does so by using more electricity. The 13900K had a base power of 125 watts, which Intel increased to 150 watts on the 13900KS. It will produce slightly more than 250 watts at full turbo power, just like the 13900K.