The World’s Fastest Desktop CPU, an Unlocked 5.5 GHz Core i9, Launched by Intel

At CES 2022, Intel unveiled the 12th-generation Core i9-12900KS processor, which has a maximum frequency of 5.5GHz. For the first time, the chip can run at full speed on up to two cores, providing hardcore gamers the best possible performance.

Starting April 5, this special edition processor (thus the S at the end of the name) will be available for $739. It may also be sold as part of OEM partners’ systems.

The processor’s architecture is identical to that of Intel’s current flagship, the Core i9-12900K, with 16 cores and 24 threads and a 30MB L3 cache capacity.

The characteristic that sets this model apart is the 150W enhanced base power, which allows the processor to run at 5.5 GHz. In comparison, the normal 12th gen Core i9 clocks in at 5.2GHz and consumes 125W.

The 16 cores are divided into two clusters, with eight cores dedicated to performance and the other eight dedicated to efficiency. The chipset works with Z690 motherboards, and Intel recommends using the most recent BIOS for “the greatest gaming experience.”