News Intel's Core i9-12900KS May Finally Launch On April 5

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Is it worth the money? Well...$200 for a small percentage gain would say no, but in this age of record inflation, if you're financing it over 12 months, you could say that for the price of fast food twice a month (or even once a month in some places), you could instead have this processor, it puts it in a different light.
 
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Of course it's not worth it, when has any luxury hobby ever been worth it, people pay a lot of money to be thrown out of a flying plane for pete's sake.
It's not about the price difference it's about having the best or just the second best. Or being a budged gamer/user, if this where the only option it would be terrible but intel has CPUs starting at $40-50 you don't need to spend 12900ks money on a CPU if you don't want to.
 
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Is it worth the money? Well...$200 for a small percentage gain would say no, but in this age of record inflation, if you're financing it over 12 months, you could say that for the price of fast food twice a month (or even once a month in some places), you could instead have this processor, it puts it in a different light.
or save that $ for another yr & get the next gen cpu that has performance worth the extra cost.
 
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The 12900k made little sense for most consumers to begin with. Seriously minor gains in max fps over the 12700k. It's good for a select few that have the demand for the extra e-cores in heavy production usage. Kinda makes the extra expense for even fewer gains even more pointless. Given the 12900k e-cores can be oc'd, the extra expense of the 12900KS just bypasses sheer laziness.

A 12700KS would make a ton more sense for most, as long as the price was more reflective of the performance gain.
 
No one who is interested in PPW will find much of interest here...;) Intel's back to "Damn the power budget, full speed ahead!"
Not really, these are extremely "cherry picked" CPUs and they will definitely do more work at less power than the other models.
We can see this by looking at silicon lottery numbers for their previous KS model.

You get more clocks for less Vcore ... until you hit the max clocks.
At the lowest tier you got 100Mhz MORE for 0.050V LESS
9900KF4.80GHz4.60GHz1.275V100%
9900KF4.90GHz4.70GHz1.287VTop 92%
9900KF5.00GHz4.80GHz1.300VTop 37%
9900KF5.10GHz4.90GHz1.312VTop 8%
9900KS4.90GHz4.70GHz1.225V100%
9900KS5.00GHz4.80GHz1.250VTop 95%
9900KS5.10GHz4.90GHz1.287VTop 28%
9900KS5.20GHz5.0GHz1.325VTop 4%
 

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If you think the price is crazy, wait till you see usd1000 z690 mainboards!!! This isnt even hedt and there are boards costing over usd1000!! Madness
 

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Not really, these are extremely "cherry picked" CPUs and they will definitely do more work at less power than the other models.
We can see this by looking at silicon lottery numbers for their previous KS model.

You get more clocks for less Vcore ... until you hit the max clocks.
At the lowest tier you got 100Mhz MORE for 0.050V LESS
You are of course free to believe that people will be paying a premium to buy these CPUs just so they can run them at lower MHz to conserve power if you like...;) I won't stop you. But if they don't want to run at 5.5GHz in order to conserve power, there are much better deals, even in the current Intel stack. So, I think it's fair to say that no one who is looking at PPW is going to be looking at one of these. I think that's a completely rational statement, as Intel isn't advertising this CPU as a 'power saver.' And as is true with all ultra-binned CPUs, YMMV as consistency will vary from chip to chip.
 

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PPW can be mitigated somewhat with a higher efficiency psu. A 5900x/5950x with a 80+/Bronze (yes that happens a lot) isnt really much different to a 12900k/s with a Platinum. When talking about pulling power from the wall.

So honestly the only person who has to worry about using such a Big and Power hungry cpu is the guy with a tiny....

Cooler.
 

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