The Intel Core i9-12900KS has just been released, but it’s already breaking world overclocking records.
The CPU is a refreshed version of Alder Lake’s flagship 12900K which is higher and capable of faster clock speeds, and its performance is spectacular with extreme overclocking as you would expect.
As Tom’s Material (opens in a new tab) reports, one of the highlights here is how fast the 12900KS can be pushed – it’s already been boosted to a rather staggering 7.45GHz with liquid nitrogen cooling. Remember that the maximum acceleration speed for this processor is 5.5GHz, so it’s a chunk faster; but there is a major caveat here.
Namely that the expert overclocker representing MSI who achieved this, TSAIK, did it with only one (performance) core active, which means that while that’s an impressive number for sure, it’s a with even less practical relevance to actual performance than your average exotic cooling-powered recording.
Another overclocker, Allen Golibersuch, who is Tom Hardware’s own expert – known as “Splave” – managed to set a whole bunch of world records with the 12900KS in various Cinebench, Geekbench and HWBot benchmarks.
Splave has indeed won some 16 world records or world first places in these different benchmarks. A notable score reached 100,675 in multi-core Geekbench 4, the first time the 100,000 mark was broken, beating the previous all-time high of 97,800 (set by the vanilla Core i9-12900K).
Analysis: Really awesome stuff – but there’s more to come
While that 7.45 GHz speed is clearly a massive overclock, it does come with that big caveat and, in fact, isn’t as fast as the overclock achieved with the standard Core i9-12900K. Splave has already driven a 12900K at 7.6 GHz.
That said, to put that into perspective, when the 12900K first came out, Splave hit 6.8 GHz with an initial overclock, and those were the very first overclocks for the KS version of Intel’s flagship Alder Lake. . In other words, over time we can expect the 12900KS to be similarly pushed further and further with its overclocking performance.
Wondering what is the fastest speed ever seen for a consumer processor? Overclocks of just over 8.7 GHz have been recorded by some veteran AMD processors (the FX-8150 and FX-8370).