Intel Launches 13th Gen Core i9-13900KS: 24 Cores with Peak Boost Clock of 6GHz at $699

Intel has announced the final Raptor Lake SKU in the form of the Core i9-13900KS. With a total core count of 24 (8P + 16E) and a peak single-core boost clock of 6GHz, it will be the fastest gaming CPU on the market. Combining the high-speed Raptor Cove cores with a total of 36MB L3 cache, you get a speedy chip capable of running just about everything at lighting-fast speeds.

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.”–Marcus Kennedy, Intel Client Computing Group manager, Gaming and Channel

Marcus Kennedy, Intel Client Computing Group manager, Gaming and Channel

The Core i9-13900KS has a base TDP of 150W and the same PL2 ceiling as the 13900K. It should ideally be paired with Z790 or Z690 motherboards alongside DDR5-5600 or DDR4-3200 MT/s memory. The CPU has 20 PCIe lanes (16 Gen 5.0 and four Gen 5.0). Like all other high-end K-series processors, the 13900KS features advanced boost algorithms, including Adaptive Boost, Thermal Velocity Boost, etc.

Adaptive Boost improves all-core boost frequencies for better performance in heavily threaded workloads. Thermal Velocity Boost allows an additional 100MHz increment in the peak single-core boost. Unfortunately, for TVB to work, the core temperature needs to stay under 80C.

The Core i9-13900KS will be available beginning 12th of Jan, 2023, with a sticker price of $699.

Areej Syed

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