During CES 2022, Intel hinted at several Core i9-12900KS chip details, but we’re still waiting for the official introduction and availability of this processor. Meanwhile, Twitter’s HXL has discovered a Chinese secondhand vendor attempting to offer a “nearly brand-new” Core i9-12900KS.
There are also screenshots of this much-awaited CPU in action on the page. If the used-CPU advertisement and screenshots are correct, the Intel Core i9-12900KS with 16C/24T may easily score 29,519 in Cinebench R23.
Cinebench R23 is running in the upper left corner of the screen in the first screenshot from the Chinese listing. The score of the Core i9-12900KS is about what you’d anticipate. It significantly outperforms (+900cb) significant premium consumer rivals such as the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with 16C/32T and is within striking distance of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X with 32C/64T (-500cb).
The Core i9-12900KS’ alleged 3.2 GHz base clock is visible elsewhere in this initial screenshot. The figure is the same as the Core i9-12900 K’s. Moving on to boost clocks, the used sample for sale reaches 5.4 GHz, which is 200 MHz faster than the i9-12900K, or a 4 percent increase by this criterion. The processor doesn’t quite reach the 5.5 GHz boost frequency, which could be due to the processor being an engineering sample, the motherboard BIOS not properly supporting the high boost, or both.
The seller’s second screenshot focuses on the memory performance that the system has attained with this new, yet-to-be-released official CPU. We can observe that the installed quad-channel memory kit is DDR5-7398, and the memory latency is 51.5ns. While the Cinebench tests were performed on an Asus motherboard, the memory testing screens displayed an MSI motherboard. The seller has access to a large number of high-end PC components.
This alleged Intel Core i9-12900KS costs 29,999 Chinese Yuan (about $4,700 USD). Of course, the seller is expecting to profit from the fact that this CPU is still unofficial, but any buyer would have to be willing to take a big risk.
Intel’s tease of the Core i9-12900KS, which we reported on at the beginning of the month, showed that it was still sorting and binning chips to get a 5.5 GHz boost out of the box. With the increased clocks/power consumption, we believe it will still require superior cooling to run as expected by enthusiasts. Intel said at CES 2022 that these factory-overclocked chips would be available by the end of Q1 2022.