The Intel Core i9-13900KS debuts next week with 24 cores and 6 GHz. Although the CPU was not launched today, it made a brief appearance on a Chinese retail website. The listing for Intel’s flagship 24-core desktop CPU was discovered by @wnxod on a Chinese site. The content appears to be identical to Intel’s official materials used on the JD retail platform. While the Core i9-13900KS is no longer listed there, we have user confirmation of the core specs and package design of the processor.
The box is almost identical to the Core i9-13900K and the plastic wafer inside is the same color. The only variation is the label, which in this case is printed in Chinese with the text ‘Special Edition’. Intel uses the previous generation Special Edition CPU as a point of comparison. The Core i9-12900KS is a 16-core processor with higher clock speeds of 5.5 GHz and a standard TDP of 150W. The Core i9-13900KS has the same TDP but has eight more Efficient cores for a total of 24 cores. It also has increased clock speeds, now up to 6.0 GHz.
We already have additional information on this next CPU, including the fact that it will have a higher base frequency of 3.2 GHz than the i9-13900K at 3.0 GHz. It is interesting to note that the efficient core frequency remains unchanged. According to speculation, the Core i9-13900KS will be released on January 12th. Intel has yet to reveal the KS variant of its 13th Gen Core desktop processors, despite an increased number of these CPUs being introduced today.
The CPU is already on sale in France for €949.96. This means it costs €180 more from the same retailer as Core i9-13900K.
— Алексей (@wxnod) January 3, 2023
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