Yesterday, Intel presented the Core i9-13900KS, its fastest desktop processor to date. On paper, the maximum achievable 6 GHz clock speed reads enormous - and of course this can be used nicely for marketing purposes. However, this performance from Intel also has its price, which is not only meant in monetary terms.
The Intel Core i9-13900KS
The Core i9-13900KS is identical to the Core i9-13900K, which was introduced three months ago. The latter "only" achieved up to 5.8 GHz under load on one or two processor cores. Through a pre-selection in the factory, Intel has now picked out particularly high-touch models of this processor from the K "series models" in the last three months and sells these as KS models for a surcharge. As a result, one can hardly be lucky enough to get a particularly high clocking model in the K series.
In addition, this peak clock speed cannot usually be maintained over a longer period of time anyway. During longer rendering sessions, these KS processors are therefore unlikely to be noticeably faster than comparable K models. Ultimately, Intel is only concerned with the prestige of offering the "fastest" desktop processor. Funnily enough, the corresponding proof measurements manifest themselves primarily in the gaming sector, where buyers are believed to be convinced with a few percent more FPS in current games - although here the graphics card is usually the braking element at higher resolutions.
Be that as it may, perhaps Intel has actually succeeded in a not unimportant marketing move, because AMD actually wanted to reclaim the "gaming crown" on 14 February with the new Ryzen 7000X3D processors. But yesterday AMD withdrew this date without giving any reasons. Perhaps they want to use the time here and also screw on clock speeds again or also put a specially selected special model in the product portfolio "on top".
For users in the video sector, however, such skirmishes among processors are mainly advantageous because it ultimately makes the "normal" processors available more cheaply. Since today most effects are taken over by the graphics card, one hardly needs such brute CPU processor power. More important are hardware codecs, which are, however, enabled even in the entry-level CPU classes.
And of course there are still CPU-hungry special programmes such as After Effects, for which you should definitely take a closer look when choosing a processor. The Core i9-13900KS will be available immediately in limited quantities worldwide at a US price of 699 US dollars. In Germany, the first examples have been spotted starting at around 780 euros. more infos at bei www.heise.de