The Best Just Got Better – Intel Core i9-12900KS Review 2022 The Core i9-12900KS “Alder Lake” is a Special Edition processor SKU by Intel positioned at the very top of desktop processor in lineup.
Intel has been doing such unconventional releases for the past few generations and including the Core-i7-8086-K and Core i9-9900-KS.
There were no such SKUs in the 10-th and 11-th generations, probably because Intel felt AMD had an unassailable performance lead both in gaming or productivity performance at the time. We’re still in the thick of golden era of PC processor competition between Intel and AMD with Ryzen and Core-trying to win over the hearts of users.
Intel already holds the gaming performance crown with the Core i9-12900K, and its multi-threaded productivity performance is right in the league of 12-core and 16-core Ryzen 9 5000 “Zen 3” processors.
What probably pushed Intel to come up with the i9-12900KS is AMD’s June 2021 announcement of the 3D Vertical Cache technology followed by January 2022 claims that the new Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the first processor with this tech, is the “world’s best gaming processor,” catching up to the i9-12900K in gaming despite being based on the old “Zen 3” architecture and DDR4. Of course, Intel’s response was to cook up a faster version of the i9-12900K, and we hence have the i9-12900KS for review today.
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