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Intel likes 5. The one area where it claims a clear advantage over AMD is in its ability to drive the frequency of its popular 14nm process.

Today we are looking at its smaller sibling, the Core iKS, built in numbers for the consumer market: eight cores at 5. Every time a new processor comes to market, several questions get asked: how many cores, how fast, how much power? The red team is taking advantage of a paradigm shift in computing with an advanced process node to offer many cores at a high power efficiency as well as at a good frequency.

In the other corner is team blue, which has just equipped its arsenal by taking advantage of its most aggressive binning of 14nm yet, with the highest frequency processor for the consumer market, enabled across all eight cores and to hell with the power.

The Intel Core iKS is borne from the battle. In essence it looks like an overclocked Core iK, however by that logic everything is an overclocked version of something else. In order for Intel to give a piece of silicon off the manufacturing like the name of a Core iKS rather than a Core iK requires additional binning and validation, to the extent where it has taken several months from announcement just for Intel to be happy that they have enough chips for demand that will meet the warranty standards.

At the time Intel launched its 9 th Generation Core desktop processors, like the Core iK, I perhaps would not have expected them to launch something like the Core iKS.

Intel is pushing the Core iKS as the ultimate consumer processor. With eight cores all running at 5. Intel has many marketing arguments as to why the KS is the best processor on the market, especially when it comes to gaming: having a 5. It will be interesting to see where the KS comes out in standard workload tests however, where cores can matter.

The processor is the same 8-core die as the K, unlocked with UHD integrated graphics, but has a turbo of 5. All cores can turbo to 5. The length of the turbo will be motherboard dependent, however. There is still no Turbo Boost Max 3. The TDP is W, which is the maximum power consumption of the processor at its base frequency, 4. Above 4. We have this testing further in the review. At present, Intel is competing against two major angles with the Core iKS.

On the one side, it already has the Core iK, which if a user gets a good enough sample, can be overclocked to emulate the KS. Intel does not offer warranty on an overclocked CPU, so there is something to be taken into account — the warranty on the Core iKS is only a limited 1 year warranty, rather than the standard 3 years it offers to the majority of its other parts, which perhaps indicates the lengths it went to for binning these processors.

It offers more PCIe lanes from the CPU to take advantage of PCIe storage and such, and there are a wealth of motherboards on the market that can take advantage of this processor. Offering a limited edition all-core 5. The Battle of the Bits Every time a new processor comes to market, several questions get asked: how many cores, how fast, how much power? Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Privacy Policy.

Contact Us. Terms of Use. Show Full Site. All rights reserved.The Intel Core iKS is the fastest mainstream processor in Intel's lineup, making it one of the best processors for gaming. The Intel Core iKS arrives in an odd time for Intel: its latest desktop platform is a year older, and it continues to lose market share to a rival that it was handily defeating just a few years ago.

This processor, then, kind of says a lot about where the processor manufacturer is inand it's not exactly the prettiest picture. The problem, however, is that the K is a year old, and struggles to compete with AMD's current-generation processors in all but the most strictly single-core applications. That said, this processor is simply not enough to convince either PC enthusiasts or newcomers to side with Team Blue over Team Red, especially if multitasking is a priority.

And, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, it will be easy to find an Intel Core iK on sale and just do a quick overclock to have it reach the same levels of performance, potentially saving you a huge wad of cash.

That is, of course, if you're comfortable overclocking, which many people just aren't.

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It's still an 8-core, thread processor, with 16MB of cache. This leads to the core selling point of this "Special Edition" processor — the Core iKS hits a boost clock of 5. This boost in TDP does see temperatures go up, however. That's fine, and well within operating limits, but it does mean that there likely won't be much room for further overclocking, unless you're using an especially powerful CPU cooler.

This processor is still running on Coffee Lake Refresh microarchitecture, which itself is yet another refinement of Intel's 14nm manufacturing process that it's been using since Broadwell, which came out 5 years ago.

However, this refinement of the 14nm process does see higher performance than ever before, but we wonder how much further Intel can push it. At the end of the day, however, the Intel Core iKS doesn't really bring anything new to the table. It's just another Coffee Lake Refresh processor to bridge the gap to whatever 10th-generation Intel Core processors look like.

That's all well and good, but the performance really needs to be there to justify this processor's existence. The performance of the KS is, in a word, fine. It's marginally faster than the Intel Core iK, especially in multi-core workloads, thanks to that higher all-core boost clock.

The comparison gets grim when we look at gaming however, with the newer chip basically matching the performance of the original Core iK. So, if you're in the market for the world's best gaming chip, you can probably still get away with the original K. Things get a little more interesting when we take a look at the competition between AMD and Intelhowever.

Now, in multi-core workloads, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that AMD wins in the same price category. However, when it comes to gaming, Intel is admittedly still on top of the world. This is primarily thanks to the stronger single core performance on offer. But, if you're doing anything other than gaming, you will likely see better performance with the Ryzen 9 X. So, really, if you're deciding between these two expensive processors, the question you have to ask is what you're going to be doing on your PC.

If you're absolutely confident that multi-core computing isn't necessary for your workload, the KS will be the best processor for you.Intel's Core iK unlocks the ultimate in gaming performance, and the highly-binned chips also increase your chances of getting a highly-overclockable chip right out of the box.

Just be prepared to pay a premium at retail for the limited-edition chip. Intel's Core iK sits atop the desktop PC gaming throne with leading performance in a wide range of games, allowing Intel to dominate the sliver of the ultra-high-end processor market where it remains uncontested in raw performance by AMD's competing Ryzen processors.

That earns is a spot on our list of Best CPUs. Intel designed its new Core iKS Special Edition to take things one step further by taking the best silicon from its K manufacturing line to create a new halo part specifically for gamers and streamers that boosts to 5.

Given the blistering-fast performance we found in our tests, that pricing would equate to a wonderful deal if you could find the chip at recommended levels, but we fully expect retailers to take advantage of the limited availability the KS is only available until the end of the year and charge a premium.

For enthusiasts and gamers that don't want to deal with the hassles of overclocking, or for extreme overclockers looking for that last drop of performance, the Core iKS is unquestionably the new leader in gaming performance at both stock and overclocked settings. The gaming performance delta between the KS and competing chips is often substantial enough that gaming enthusiasts looking for the absolute most performance, regardless of price, will seek out the processor.

AMD isn't sitting still though: The company recently released its own new flagship, the core thread Ryzen 9 Xto fend off Intel's new challengers. That chip isn't as fast at gaming as the Core iKS, but it does bring competitive gaming performance and much more threaded horsepower. The KS drops into existing series motherboards after a BIOS update, but draws enough power to make VRM selection an important factor in your motherboard purchase, especially if you plan on overclocking.

Luckily, most high-end Z motherboards already employ beefy power circuitry. Higher clock speeds are the Core iKS's real attraction. As expected of a higher-binned processor, Intel's Core iKS should overclock higher than garden-variety K chips, but the silicon lottery still applies your mileage may vary.

The higher quality silicon also affords tremendous power consumption advantages, which we'll cover shortly. Like the Core iK before it, the KS comes with Intel's translucent plastic dodecahedron packaging, doesn't come with a bundled cooler, and features solder TIM sTIM to facilitate efficient thermal transfer from the die to the heatspreader.

That helps with overclocking, which is fully enabled through the KS's unlocked ratio multiplier. As with all of Intel's processors, overclocking voids your warranty unless you purchase a separate Performance Tuning Protection Plan that covers damage due to overclocking. Surprisingly, Intel's standard warranty only covers the Core iKS for one year, which stands in contrast to the standard three-year warranty period for the company's other desktop processors.

Intel is transparent about the shorter warranty period, but you should take it into account.

The Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition Review: 5.0 GHz on All the Cores, All the Time

We turned the same amount of attention to the KS's 5. We put the chip through the wringer in a variety of workloads with different cooling solutions and found that, given adequate cooling, the chip sustains 5.

As outlined in the charts above, we stress-tested the chip with both a beefy custom watercooling loop with two mm radiators, and a Corsair Hi AIO watercooler.

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Both cooling solutions facilitated a consistent 5. We paired the chip with a beefy Noctua NH-D15S air cooler, and at stock settings, the chip often bumped against its C thermal limit, which triggered clock throttling to protect the processor.

Contrary to some reports, the Core iKS will obviously not support overclocking with an air cooler. Intel's official spec sheet lists a W cooler as the entry-level solution.

Motherboard vendors often ignore boost duration limits, as we see with our own tests above, so you can expect very aggressive boost activity with most motherboards. Performance will vary based upon each motherboard vendors' policy, but the parameters are configurable. Even with Solder TIM, thermal density presents challenges.

If you plan on tuning, open- or closed-loop liquid cooling is a must. Even then, the thermal output could limit your overclock. Every processor die is unique, even when harvested from the same wafer. Intel tests the individual dies from each wafer in a binning process to find the best and worst silicon, first sorting out die with defects for use in models that have fewer cores or deactivated graphics units. In some cases, dies are discarded altogether. Even after the initial sorting, some die can deliver higher frequencies at a lower voltage than others, while most die require more voltage which generates more heat to deliver the same level of performance.

Intel assigns each tier of chips into separate bins that dictate if the chip will find its way into downstream models that have lower frequency requirements, or if the chip will be reserved for high-end models, like the Core iK. But like all chip manufacturers, even Intel's fully-functional halo parts have some wiggle room in the specifications to account for silicon variation, meaning the chips are programmed for the lowest common denominator of the bin. That leaves some chips that fall on the high end of the binning bell curve, or "thin bin" parts in Intel parlance, that find their way into the hands of lucky owners who win the silicon lottery.

Intel's Core iKS represents the cream of its silicon crop.Intel released its flagship desktop processor in the non-HEDT segment.

The KS is their most premium Coffee Lake-S eight-core processor that has been discussed so abundantly. This little beast of a processor has eight cores, sixteen threads and gets an all-core turbo bin that reaches 5. For many that is gaming nirvana whilst offering a balance of good performance and being a downright excellent gaming processor.

This little beast has eight cores, sixteen threads and gets turbo bins that reach and hold 5. It has eight cores, SMT is enabled thus you have sixteen threads and Intel would not be Intel if they did not make a move on high clock frequencies. That makes the Core i9 KS the enthusiast product sitting in their mainstream desktop processor series. I realize that is a weird line to read, but don't forget, there is a HEDT platform as well, with many multitudes of cores more seen from this 8-core part.

So, as enthusiast-class as this processor is, it is segmented into a mainstream product line. The KS should be seated into your Z motherboard. Six, eight, twelve and even sixteen-core processors in the mainstream desktop segment, thank AMD for that. Their aggressive product positioning with Ryzen and many cores forced Intel into fabbing more 'many' core processors creating a strong shift in the industry ever since the past three years.

And you know what? It proofs again that competitions a very good thing as it makes companies go that extra mile.

Intel Core i9-9900KS review

The now year-old Core range is extensive. The new flagship KS is a processor with a boost allowance to a staggering 5 GHz, this time on all cores. I need to advance on that, as that all-core 5 GHz is merely 'continuous' as longs as your motherboard manufacturer will allow it. Most motherboards will allow seconds, and then drop down in frequency top preserve TDP specifications. You can disable that and easily run 5 GHz all-cores all the time though. What many have missed is that Intel tweaked another value, the base clock has been bumped up towards 4.

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So in both single-threaded and multi-threaded performance, Intel is squeezing more and as much out of the processor as possible. Is the processor otherwise any different you might wonder? No not at all, it is the very same architecture and in fact, the very same 14nm fabbed processor. The processor dies however have been binned, the best dies that can manage that all-core 5 GHz Turbo at the lowest possible voltage have been used.Intel launched today the "new" Core iKS processor which appears to be a pointless release, similar to the Core iK that we never bothered to look at.

Intel says this new processor delivers up to a 5. Translation: this is just a K with MCE enabled. Also, because this is a 'limited edition' processor, the warranty has been slashed from the standard 3 years, to just 12 months. Besides the factory overclock that most motherboards were already performing, there appears to be nothing new here. Before we get to the benchmarks, a few quick notes on the test system.

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For cooling we're using the new Aorus Liquidand while we've yet to do any real comparisons with other coolers, it did a good job of cooling the KS. Something of note, the KS we tested ran at an all-core clock frequency of 5.

The reason for the extra MHz is that the board forced a base clock frequency of MHz. Given more ample time we'll check out stock behavior of other Z motherboards with the KS, but for now we'll run with this. Still that makes the KS the fastest mainstream platform desktop CPU, at least until the X is released next month. We see another insignificant performance gain for the 7-zip compression test.

If your workload can take advantage of more than 8 cores, the Ryzen 9 processor will be the better choice nearly every time.

Fully unleashed without TDP restrictions the K was already a power hungry processor, but the KS sucks down even more power for a minor performance gain. Just like the Core iKthe KS seems to struggle with 5. With a bit more tweaking it might be possible to get it stable in heavy workloads but we're almost certain 5.

Gigabyte recently provided us with their insane Z Aorus Xtreme Waterforce motherboard package that comes with a hand-picked K. That chip was also limited to 5.

Our Core iKS ran all cores at 5. If you were already in the market for a Core i9 K processor and you were keen to overclock it, then the KS makes sense. We believe the main reason Intel released the KS was generate some buzz around their processors. Right now only their high-end models such as the K make sense to buy over AMD's alternatives.She gave us lots of options and ideas for things to do as we traveled - even marking places where we could get homemade ice cream along the way.

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