Intel's reportedly working on an i9-12900KS processor to kill AMD's Ryzen V-Cache plans

Intel's fastest 12th Gen CPU is about to get a lot faster

Intel's reportedly working on an i9-12900KS processor to kill AMD's Ryzen V-Cache plans

Is this a direct response to AMD's plan to launch enhanced Zen 3 processors? 

Sources over at Videocardz have claimed that Intel's planning to launch a KS series 12th Gen Alder Lake processor, a speed-boosted variant of their i9-12900K that will offer users higher clock speeds and more gaming performance.

Intel's rumoured i9-12900KS processor is reportedly binned to offer all-core (P-Core) boost clock speeds of 5.2 GHz, which is around 300MHz higher than a standard i9-12900K processor. This processor appears to be a hard counter to AMD's planned Zen 3 V-Cache processors, CPUs that could give AMD a huge performance boost in gaming workloads.

Intel's i9-12900K processor is already a strong gaming CPU, especially when used with fast DDR5 memory. AMD's enhanced Zen 3 processors will deliver consumers a 3x increase in L3 cache size with what should be minimal latency penalties. This change will allow AMD's new CPUs to keep more game data on their CPUs, reducing data access times while significantly increasing L3 cache bandwidth. This removes strain from AMD's DDR4 memory controller, making game performance less memory limited.

If Intel does launch an i9-12900KS processor, it is a sign that Intel is not willing to give up any ground to AMD if they can avoid it. Intel needs performance wins, and if they can release an enhanced Alder Lake CPU to thrash AMD's new Ryzen CPUs, they will.

AMD has already promised 15% performance gains in CPU-limited gaming workloads on average with their V-Cache enhanced Ryzen processors. That should make AMD's latest offering very competitive with Intel's high-end Alder Lake processors, despite the fast that they won't use DDR5 memory or require a new motherboard platform. 

Intel's reportedly working on an i9-12900KS processor to kill AMD's Ryzen V-Cache plans

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17-12-2021, 11:25:08

Bagpuss
If true, probably means they've been cherry picking the best 12900K's since launch, meaning current retail ones aren't the highest quality silicon they could be and the chances of landing a golden sample at retail is practically zero.


They pulled the same stunt with the 9900K, launching the 9900KS.


'Vanilla' 9900K's that hit the retail market after Q1 2019, tended to be hotter running & pulled more vlts to reach 5Ghz than the first batch.Quote

17-12-2021, 11:54:15

robert3892
Personally I feel that lack of DDR5 ram modules is going to bite Intel's sales. If you're going to release a pre-binned CPU it makes no sense to use DDR4 based Z690 motherboards.Quote

17-12-2021, 12:36:39

Gothmoth
all i know is that friends with 12900 alder lake CPU´s have cooling issues i have not...



lets hope intel is not brute forcing even more with these KS cpu´s.




https://www.igorslab.de/en/bad-cooli...-all-remedies/Quote

17-12-2021, 12:37:28

Warchild
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Originally Posted by robert3892 View Post
Personally I feel that lack of DDR5 ram modules is going to bite Intel's sales. If you're going to release a pre-binned CPU it makes no sense to use DDR4 based Z690 motherboards.
Well I already know quite a number of users on this forum aiming for the 12th Z690 and sticking with DDR4 sticks so I don't see Intel sales affected whatsoever.

1. DDR4 is readily available
2. DDR4 is far cheaper
3. DDR5 runs extremely warm/hot
4. Gaming wise, there is zero advantage. DDR5 only seems to excel in synthetic benchmarks.

In todays markets, availability is king, second comes the price, and then thirdly is the performance.

DDR4 wins on the first two points hands down.Quote

17-12-2021, 17:16:41

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by robert3892 View Post
Personally I feel that lack of DDR5 ram modules is going to bite Intel's sales. If you're going to release a pre-binned CPU it makes no sense to use DDR4 based Z690 motherboards.

As Warchild said, There's really not much in DDR5 compared to DDR4 when looking at gaming, Most but not all have single digit differences sometimes not even that, Usually 0-3FPS seems to be the average with todays DDR5 modules compared to DDR4, Although it can be useful in decompression in programs like 7zip.Quote
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