Intel Core i9-9900KS – processor performance tests in games and programs

By | October 19, 2019

The first Core i9-9900KS test already on the network. We know the processor performance in games and programs. Performance results should not surprise us …

We are still waiting for the official release of the Core i9-9900KS processor, but more and more leaks are appearing on the network. The most powerful Intel mainstream model was available for purchase. If that was not enough, one of the editors has already published the performance tests of the new unit.

The most powerful Intel mainstream processor

If you follow our news, the specification of the new processor should not be a secret to you. Core i9-9900KS is equipped with eight cores and sixteen threads clocked at 4 GHz (in Turbo Boost mode it can be increased to 5.0 GHz on all cores).

In addition, a dual-channel DDR4-2666 memory controller has been integrated, with 256 KB second-level cache per core, 16 MB shared third-level cache, and UHD Graphics 630 graphics chip.

ModelIntel Core i9-9900Intel Core i9-9900KIntel Core i9-9900KFIntel Core i9-9900KS
GenerationCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-S
Lithography14 nm14 nm14 nm14 nm
supportIntel LGA 1151Intel LGA 1151Intel LGA 1151Intel LGA 1151
Cores / Threads8/168/168/168/16
Base clock3.1 GHz3.6 GHz3.6 GHz4.0 GHz
Max Boost
5.0 GHz5.0 GHz5.0 GHz5.0 GHz
L2 memory8x 256 KB8x 256 KB8x 256 KB8x 256 KB
L3 memory16 MB16 MB16 MB16 MB
Memory controllerDDR4-2666
Graphic layoutIntel UHD 630Intel UHD 630LACKIntel UHD 630
PCIe 3.0 controller16 lines16 lines16 lines16 lines
Unlocked multiplierNOYESYESYES
TDP65 watts95 watts95 watts127 watts
Price$ 449$ 489$ 489???
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So we can say that we are dealing with a selected and accelerated Core i9-9900K model. Higher clock speeds should translate into better performance, but they were also paid for by an increased TDP – this increased from 95 W to 127 W.

Intel Core i9-9900KS processor tests

There is still some time left to launch the Core i9-9900KS. Editors from Tom’s Hardware, however, decided to outsmart Intel, acquired a new processor (in engineering version) from their secret source and even before the official premiere published performance tests. There is some controversy about the lack of any evidence of ownership of the processor (which is to be related to the secrecy of the acquired art).

To start, overclocking tests. The engineering art was able to work with timing raised to 5.2 GHz with a supply voltage of 1.36 V, but the editors used water cooling here – in a configuration with a proprietary set with a 360 mm radiator (CL), core temperatures reached 77-81 degrees Celsius . In OC mode, the RAM frequency has also been increased to 3600 MHz.

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Intel Core i9-9900KS - performance in Far Cry 5

Intel Core i9-9900KS - performance in CARS 2

Intel Core i9-9900KS - performance in World of Tanks Encore

The first tests leave no doubt – the Core i9-9900KS is the most efficient gaming processor. Even the overclocked Ryzen 9 3900X cannot threaten him.

Intel Core i9-9900KS - performance in LAME

Intel Core i9-9900KS - performance in the Cinebench R20

Intel Core i9-9900KS - performance in 7-Zip

The situation is different in the programs. In applications using a smaller number of cores, a slight advantage of the Core i9-9900KS can be seen, but in multi-threaded applications the competition model is much better – 12-core / 24-thread Ryzen 9 3900X.

The conclusions of the test should not surprise us – the Core i9-9900KS is simply a "packed" Core i9-9900K, which offers slightly better performance and includes the position of the most efficient processor for gaming. Unfortunately, most likely it will also be clearly more expensive than the usual model with the note "K". If you are interested in details, please refer to article on Tom’s Hardware.

Source: Tom’s Hardware

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