Intel says the Core i9-9900KS processor is its best gaming CPU

Intel has just unveiled the special edition Core i9-9900KS processor. It looks to be a more affordable option, compared to the X-series. Intel is so confident in this CPU, they call it their best gaming CPU yet.

This CPU reportedly can deliver up to 5.0 GHz all-core turbo frequency. That’s across all eight cores. Additionally, it hits a base speed of 4 GHz, compared to 3.6 GHz on previous models. It’s a limited-release, top-tier version of the 9900K. With games that use multiple cores, you should be able to see a difference.

“Intel has raised the bar for desktop gaming with the new 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition processor,” Frank Soqui, Intel’s vice president states. “Based on the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K architecture, it’s the world’s best gaming desktop processor made even better and created specifically for extreme gamers who want the most performance possible.”

Here’s the speed boost you should expect to see with the “best gaming CPU”

The “best gaming CPU”, according to Intel, is up to 27% faster at mega-tasking when you simultaneously game, stream and record. That is with a 3-year-old PC. Additionally, Intel claims the CPU offers up to 35% more frames per second compared with a 3-year-old PC.

Also, the “best gaming CPU” helps video editors

While Intel is calling the i9-9900KS the best gaming CPU, it still looks like it helps videographers too. According to Intel, it offers up to 17% faster 4K video editing compared with the previous generation. Additionally, it should deliver up to 78% faster compared with a 3-year-old PC.

Key features

  • Up to 5.0 GHz all-core turbo frequency
  • Up to 4.0 GHz base frequency
  • Eight cores, 16 threads
  • 127W TDP
  • 16 MB Intel Smart Cache
  • Up to 40 platform PCIe lanes
  • Compatible with existing Z390 motherboards

Pricing and availability

The special edition Core i9-9900KS processor will be out on October 30th for the recommended price of $513.