Intel’s crème de la crème, the Core i9-13900KS was announced at CES a year ago, and while it claimed the title of the fastest consumer-grade CPU on the market, reaching impressive 6GHz clock speeds, it came with a hefty price tag.
The 150W i9-14900KS SKU May Offer Upwards of 6.2GHz on All Cores Out of the Box
Similarly, this year, days before CES 2024, the i9-14900KS was pictured in real-life images, though the authenticity of this leak is questionable. HXL posted to a picture of seemingly real images for the CPU, but wrote “I don’t know if it’s fake or not and I don’t know if it will be launch.”
The leak comes from QQ, a Chinese social-media platform. Multiple sources have tried to search for counterfeit shenanigans and other clues for identifying if the images were actually true, or not. The IHC did seem to be different to its predecessors when compared with real-life images, however that alone isn’t a strong claim to deny that Intel is bringing back the enthusiast-grade -KS processor.
After all, similar reports surfaced a month ago, when a retailer listed the same CPU with the specifications indicating a 6.2GHz clock speed. The i9-14900K (125W), which maintains the same $589 price tag from last year already uses Thermal Velocity Boost, allowing it to reach 6GHz, so one can only imagine what the 150W i9-14900KS will be capable of.
In any way, this leak does point to the fact that the -KS will be making a return this year and so it’s only a matter of time before more details surface online. The -KS SKUs typically launch a month or so after CES, so it may take some time for Intel to officially announce the CPU.
This is all we know for now, but rest assured that we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.