According to VideoCardZ, a new Intel Alder Lake-S processor called Intel Core i9-12900KS is now being tested by board partners. It is basically a pre-binned SKU with an all-core (Performance core) boost at 5.2 GHz, so 200 MHz higher than Core i9-12900K. The ‘S’ stands for special edition and we have seen a few of those from Intel in the past with the last one being the Core i9-9900KS.
The Intel Core i9-12900KS will be the flagship chip in the 12th Gen Alder Lake Desktop CPU lineup. It will feature 8 Golden Cove cores and 8 Gracemont cores for a total of 16 cores (8+8) and 24 threads (16+8). The P-cores (Golden Cove) will operate at a maximum boost frequency of up to 5.3 GHz with 1-2 active cores and 5.2 GHz with all-cores active while the E-cores (Gracemont) will operate at 3.90 GHz across 1-4 cores and up to 3.7 GHz when all cores are loaded.
The Intel Core i9-12900KS to be priced even higher than Core i9-12900K. Intel could most likely show this chip during CES 2022 along with a range of other announcements so stay tuned for the 4th of January.