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By Deebann Saravanan

In order to breach the 6GHz barrier at stock speeds, Intel is releasing its most powerful desktop processor to date. The new Core i9-13900KS is built on the 13th Gen Core i9-13900K, which last year, with its 5.8GHz turbo frequency, came very close to breaking the 6GHz barrier. This week, the new i9-13900KS will be sold in retailers for MYR3000+.

The 13900KS is the first CPU to achieve 6GHz without overclocking, breaking through the 6GHz barrier and enhancing PC gaming performance. It does this by utilising Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost technology. However, it accomplishes so by consuming more electricity. The base power of the 13900K was 125 watts; in the 13900KS, Intel increased this to 150 watts. It will reach slightly more than 250 watts at maximum turbo power, similar to the 13900K.

The only real differences between the 13900KS and the 13900K are the power and turbo frequency. It still features 24 cores (eight performance and 16 efficiency cores), 32 threads, 36MB of Intel Smart Cache, and 20 PCIe lanes, but the performance core base frequencies have been increased from 3GHz to 3.2GHz (16 PCIe 5 and four PCIe 4 lanes).

Intel Client Computing Group manager Marcus Kennedy said in a statement. “Extreme gamers and enthusiasts can now push their everyday performance further than ever before with the first desktop processor in the PC industry to provide 6.0GHz speeds at stock.”

The Core i9-13900KS will likely go toe-to-toe with AMD’s new Ryzen 9 7950X3D chip, which was announced at CES. AMD has yet to announce a price and availability date, giving Intel a clear runway for its Core i9-13900KS when it goes on sale.

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