Intel Retains Title of World’s Fastest Desktop Processor With New I9-14900KS Processors

At 6.2 GHz frequency out of the box, the i9-14900KS gives PC enthusiasts top-end power for desktop systems.

On Thursday, Semiconductor giant Intel announced full specifications and availability of Intel® Core™ 14th Gen i9-14900KS processors, reaching the cutting edge of CPU frequency to retain the title as the world’s fastest desktop processor.

Intel claims that at 6.2 GHz Max Turbo Frequency, the Intel® Core™ i9 processor 14900KS is the fastest desktop processor, as of March 2024.

The processors deliver up to 6.2 gigahertz (GHz) max turbo frequency out of the box, ensuring a world-class gaming and creating experience for desktop enthusiasts who want the most power possible.

The Intel Core i9-14900KS showcases the full power and performance potential of the Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processor family and its performance hybrid architecture. Extreme PC enthusiasts – especially gamers and creators – can now enjoy the i9-14900KS’ record-breaking 6.2 GHz frequency while taking their desktop experience to higher levels of performance than ever before.”– Roger Chandler, Intel vice president and general manager, Enthusiast PC and Workstation Segment, Intel Client Computing Group.

The unlocked i9-14900KS processor pushes the Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processor family to its fastest speeds yet – building on last year’s industry-first 6.0 GHz Core i9-13900KS. In addition to record-breaking frequencies, the i9-14900KS boasts 24 cores/32 threads and 36 megabytes (MB) of Intel® Smart Cache for powerful performance in gaming and content creation workloads that desktop enthusiasts expect from Intel’s latest-gen desktop processors.

With the Intel Core 14th Gen 14900KS, gamers can experience up to 15% better performance gen-over-gen thanks to its blazing speeds and Intel’s Application Performance Optimization (APO) feature, as measured on an Intel® Core™ i9 processor 14900KS vs. a 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900KS processor. Results may vary And content creators will benefit from the 14900KS’ performance, which can provide up to 73% performance improvement in compute-intensive workflows, such as 3D production multitasking versus competition (As measured by Unreal Engine 5 MetaHuman & CapturingReality RealityCapture Multitasking Virtual Production Workflow on an Intel® Core™ i9 processor 14900KS vs. an AMD Ryzen™ 9 7950X processor. ​Other names & brands may be claimed as the property of others). 

Key features and capabilities of the i9-14900KS include:

  • Up to 6.2 GHz max turbo frequency with Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost – the fastest desktop processor speeds available on the market.
  • Twenty-four cores (eight Performance-cores and 16 Efficient-cores), 32 threads, 150 watt processor base power, 36MB Intel Smart Cache and 20 PCIe lanes (16 PCIe 5.0 and four PCIe 4.0 lanes).
  • Expanded Intel® APO support for the i9-14900KS – providing up to 11% performance uplift in supported titles.4 Intel continues to expand support for APO, which now includes 14 gaming titles.
  • Support for up to 192GB of DDR5 5600 megatransfers per second (MT/s) or DDR4 3200 MT/s memory.
  • Compatibility with Z790 and Z690 motherboards, with the latest BIOS recommended for the best gaming and content creation experience.

When It’s Available: This special edition processor will be available beginning March 14, 2024, with a recommended customer price (RCP) starting at $699. It can be found at retailers worldwide as a boxed processor and integrated into systems from Intel’s channel and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners.