New Updated Intel Core I9-9900KS at 5 GHz on All Cores Will Need Powerful Cooling | Can it Compete with AMD Zen 2?
5 GHz Core I9-9900KS Coming Soon
AMD’s latest generation of Ryzen CPUs based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture have been consistently outselling Intel’s Coffe Lake CPUs in the Asian and Europeans markets. Although Intel CPUs feature slightly superior gaming performance, most gamers and PC users would rather choose AMD Zen 2 instead of going with Intel. Intel is going to release the Core i9-9900KS to compete with Zen 2.
Intel’s New Updated 5 GHz Core I9-9900KS
The updated Intel Core I9-9900KS is the newest addition to the 9th Generation desktop lineup. The new I9-9900KS is simply a special edition of the Core I9-9900K. The 9900KS has the same specifications as the original Core I9-9900k but, the only difference between the two is the fact that it features 5 GHz turbo frequencies across all 8 Cores while the Core i9-9900k only featured 5 GHz on 1 Core.
The faster core clock is definitely going to bring some improvements to gaming performance but, the superior turbo frequency will result in slightly higher power consumption numbers. The Core I9-9900KS features the highest TDP of all other LGA 1151 socketed coming in at 127W, which is 32 Watts more than the I9-9900K’s TDP. It will be interesting to see if the CPU will be able to maintain it’s 5 GHz clock under load.
Can it Compete With AMD Zen 2?
Unfortunately for Intel, the Intel Core I9-9900KS is most likely not going to be able to seriously compete with AMD’s competing CPU, the Ryzen 9 3900X. Although the CPU does feature better boost clocks than the Core I9-9900K, it will need powerful cooling to maintain that frequency which means that the CPU is most likely not going to be running at 5 GHz on all cores under load. The I9-9900K is obviously going to perform better in single-core benchmarks but, it will definitely get beaten by the Ryzen 9 3900X is multi-core benchmarks.