Intel Core i9-9900KS Review

Enthusiast Desktop processor released in 2019 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 4GHz, max speed at 5GHz, and a 127W power rating. Core i9-9900KS is based on the Coffee Lake Refresh 14nm family and part of the Core i9 series.
Price 55%
Speed 77%
Productivity 54%
Gaming 94%
Category Desktop
Target enthusiast
Socket Compatibility LGA1151
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 1499 USD
Number of Cores 8 Cores
Number of Threads 16 Threads
Core Frequency 4 GHz
Boost Frequency 5 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 5 GHz
Power Consumption 127 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 16 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 55 %
Speed Score 77 %
Productivity Score 54 %
Gaming Score 94 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 8.9 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 4.4 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 2.2 %
Overall Score 53/100

The Core i9-9900KS is one of Intel's enthusiast Desktop processors. It was released in 2019 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 4GHz, max speed at 5GHz, and a 127W power rating. The Core i9-9900KS is based on the Coffee Lake Refresh 14nm family and is part of the Core i9 series.

Core i9-9900KS is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i9-9800X processor that was based on the Skylake and 14nm process and was released in 2018.

The Intel Core i9-9900KS is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 8 cores, 16 threads and high price tag. If you’re looking for the absolute best processor money can buy on a mainstream processor, then look no further. Whether you’re playing PC games or even doing hardcore video and 3D work, the Intel Core i9-9900KS can handle them with ease.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i9-9900KS is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i9-9900KS.

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Core i9-9800X, this generation doesn't offer the biggest boost in performance. You might want to wait another year or so before dropping a few hundred bucks, or even opt to splurge on a higher-end but pricier chip.

When it comes to gaming it’s fair to say there’s no wrong option here and the Ryzen 9 3950X and Core i9-9900KS are evenly matched. The Core i9-9900KS is at times faster thanks to better game support and lower latencies, but the Ryzen 9 3950X is often able to ensure smoother frame rates thanks to its support for twice as many threads.

For general computing the Ryzen 9 3950X can take advantage of multi-threading capabilities and will be considerably faster than the Core i9-9900KS on heavy application workloads. Remember the Core i9-9900KS is only marginally faster than the Core i9-9800X, so you can safely use the older model as a measuring stick. For rendering and encoding workloads the Ryzen 9 3950X can up to 77% faster.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the Ryzen 9 processor. The base performance we showed for the Core i9-9900KS can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen 9 3950X will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

Moving beyond games, it’s an easy win for the Ryzen 9 3950X. The Ryzen 9 upgrade path on A320, B350, B450, X370, X470, X570 motherboards, all support upcoming Zen 2 processors. So if you buy a nice A320, B350, B450, X370, X470, X570 board now with the Ryzen 9 3950X, you’ll be able to slap a Coffee Lake Refresh processor on there later in the year, or whenever you deem it necessary.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i9 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 94% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i9-9900KS proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent enthusiast chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade Z270, Z370, Z390 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Core i9 CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the enthusiast with its Core i9-9900KS processors, which the company is making available as of Oct 2019.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i9-9900KS

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i9-9900KS.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB $ 1,599 $ 4.4 360.5 FPS
289.5 FPS
187.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 2.4 336.4 FPS
270.1 FPS
175.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB $ 999 $ 3.1 325.3 FPS
256.4 FPS
151.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB $ 1,199 $ 3.8 312.4 FPS
250.7 FPS
162.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB $ 799 $ 2.7 300.1 FPS
240.8 FPS
156 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB $ 899 $ 3 295.8 FPS
233.2 FPS
137.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 5.3 280.8 FPS
217.4 FPS
132.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB $ 1,099 $ 4.1 268.7 FPS
211.9 FPS
125 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB $ 1,999 $ 7.6 264.3 FPS
212.1 FPS
137.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB $ 999 $ 3.8 263.2 FPS
205 FPS
123 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB $ 649 $ 2.6 247.8 FPS
193 FPS
115.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 3.3 244.8 FPS
193.3 FPS
122.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 2.9 244.7 FPS
189.5 FPS
115.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB $ 599 $ 2.5 236.3 FPS
184.9 FPS
118.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 10GB $ 599 $ 2.9 209.9 FPS
163.9 FPS
101.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB $ 579 $ 2.9 196.3 FPS
152.9 FPS
91.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 2.7 187.2 FPS
145 FPS
88.5 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 14.5 171.9 FPS
137.5 FPS
84.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 7.8 167.3 FPS
133.8 FPS
82.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB $ 479 $ 2.9 165.2 FPS
129.6 FPS
76.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB 8GB $ 399 $ 2.5 162.5 FPS
128.8 FPS
81.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB $ 399 $ 2.6 153.4 FPS
121.9 FPS
75.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 4.6 151.8 FPS
120.2 FPS
73.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 2.7 146.5 FPS
115.5 FPS
69.7 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 20.6 145.6 FPS
116.4 FPS
72.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB $ 299 $ 2.1 145.5 FPS
116 FPS
72.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB $ 269 $ 1.9 145.4 FPS
114.7 FPS
69 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 4.9 143.5 FPS
112.5 FPS
68.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB $ 379 $ 2.8 137.5 FPS
107.8 FPS
64.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 5.6 134.5 FPS
107.3 FPS
65.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 3.7 133.7 FPS
103.6 FPS
63.1 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 9.1 131.9 FPS
103.6 FPS
64.7 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 5.3 131.9 FPS
102.8 FPS
61.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.1 128.5 FPS
100.1 FPS
60 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.9 126.7 FPS
96.8 FPS
59.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 8GB $ 200 $ 1.6 126.7 FPS
100.1 FPS
62.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB $ 329 $ 2.6 125.8 FPS
97.7 FPS
60.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 3.3 119.9 FPS
90.1 FPS
54.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3 117.7 FPS
91.8 FPS
55 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 4.4 114.3 FPS
87.7 FPS
52.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.1 112.9 FPS
82.9 FPS
49.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 2.5 111 FPS
85.8 FPS
51.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 14 107.1 FPS
81 FPS
51.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 4.7 106.8 FPS
83.3 FPS
49.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 3.9 105.9 FPS
81.3 FPS
48.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 6GB $ 249 $ 2.4 103.6 FPS
78.9 FPS
48.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 9.7 102.9 FPS
78.1 FPS
46.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 2.8 100.7 FPS
77.3 FPS
46.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 4 100.1 FPS
77.9 FPS
46.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 4.1 97.5 FPS
74.1 FPS
44.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.4 94.9 FPS
73 FPS
43.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 7.2 89.6 FPS
68.4 FPS
41 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 2.5 89.4 FPS
68.6 FPS
41.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 3.3 84.8 FPS
63.2 FPS
37.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 8 81.4 FPS
65 FPS
40 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.1 77.8 FPS
59.6 FPS
35.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 2.6 77.1 FPS
57.5 FPS
33.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 7.1 76.8 FPS
58 FPS
35 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3 75.2 FPS
56 FPS
32.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 8.8 74 FPS
58.1 FPS
35.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 13.9 71.8 FPS
53.7 FPS
33.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 7.9 69.9 FPS
54.7 FPS
33 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 3.6 69.7 FPS
52.4 FPS
31.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 2.4 69.1 FPS
51.6 FPS
30.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 6.4 67.3 FPS
52.5 FPS
31.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 2.6 66.2 FPS
49.8 FPS
29.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 5.1 65.1 FPS
48.4 FPS
30.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 6.3 63.3 FPS
48.9 FPS
30 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 5.2 62.9 FPS
47.9 FPS
27.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 2.7 62 FPS
47.3 FPS
27.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 2.5 59.3 FPS
45.1 FPS
26.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.2 55.4 FPS
42.4 FPS
25.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 4.9 46.6 FPS
35.3 FPS
21.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 6 41.8 FPS
31.8 FPS
18.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 4.8 41.5 FPS
31.4 FPS
18.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 4.1 40.9 FPS
31.1 FPS
18.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 6.9 40.5 FPS
31 FPS
17.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 5 40 FPS
30.2 FPS
17.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 4.9 34.8 FPS
26.2 FPS
15.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.1 32.2 FPS
24 FPS
14.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 5 31.6 FPS
23.5 FPS
14.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 4.8 31 FPS
22.1 FPS
13.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 4.8 30.8 FPS
21.4 FPS
13.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 4.9 28.4 FPS
21.2 FPS
12.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 5.4 27.4 FPS
18.3 FPS
11.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 3.5 22.5 FPS
16.9 FPS
9.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 3.7 21.5 FPS
16 FPS
9.1 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

Khelge May 29, 2020

Help overclocking i9-9900KS

I can't seem to find any videos or texts revealing which values people are using when overclocking the i9-9900KS to say 5.1. Are there anyone on here that have overclocked one and could give me some reference values/pointers?

I am really inexperienced and don't want to fry my CPU, but at the same time I don't want to sit here with a KS and not try to at least push it to 5.1 to get some of its extra potential.

asus z390-f gaming kraken x72 gskill trident z 3200 c14

jaaval May 14, 2020

There is a flowchart with most of the stuff.

The really relevant thing is the CPU speed and voltage. If you want 5.1GHz all core set multiplier to 51 for all cores and then look for the lowest core voltage that works (start from ~1.35V).

Bass_Junkie_xl May 17, 2020

my 6th 9900 ks ( keeper ) i bought does 5.0 ghz @ 1.23v bios load line level 6 asus
passes prime 95 small ftts @ 1.23 v bios / 4.7 cache vdrop = 1.18 v

you guys being big boys and using prime 95 small ffts 29.8 avx 2 off ( avx on ) ?

5.1 ghz needs 1.28v
5.2 gzh needs 1.31 v

8 gb x 4 = 32 gb ram @ 4200 mhz cl17

first 9900 ks i got needed 1.32v for 5 ghz to pass prime 95 small ffts it went back

Khelge May 20, 2020

I guess I just got a really bad cpu then... Trying to go LLC 6 , multiplier 51 and everything else auto and it crashes on prime95 no avx after about 5-10 seconds. When I set LLC to auto and only have multiplier 51 going it runs fine, but the vcore starts at 1.376 and climbs steadily the first minute up to 1.4-1.41 and stays there at 231 W power usage. Under auto and x51 I idle at 1.31v

My problem with this is the shitty VRM on my mobo overheats after 15-20minutes at 100C. I just keeps climbing from idle 40c ish slowly until my pc shuts down. Only during stresstest ofc, works fine in everyday use (gaming etc). My cpu (5.1ghz) is steady at 82-85c after 20min of full prime95 no avx load so that is not a problem.

Guess I'll just have to pay someone who knows how to oc, cuz my cpu can't be that bad, I must be doing something wrong? Some asus settings in bios or something? under the parameter thing in AI tweak that ppl say is scoring cpus it says 166, but hey

SherriffB May 29, 2020

Not much point in using someone elses values, even as a guide. Any two chips can be very different.

Your best bet is to pick a medium level of LLC so you have some nice healthy droop to give you good transients and then start either working up from a voltage or working down from one till you find stability.

If you really want some numbers you can see two different 5.1Ghz KS overclocks in my submitted but it's best to figure it out for yourself. :)

quanquan16 May 26, 2020

My 9900KS 5.1 Ghz all cores takes 1.33 High LLC or 1.355 Medium LLC to be stable. Which options do you think better in the long term?

I see gaming temp range during 65-73

Sn8ke_iis May 23, 2020

Here's a guide from an ASUS engineer that goes through the important parts of ASUS BIOS.

And here's the guide that the previously posted flowchart is from.

Intel XTU is real user friendly tool for noobs and has a nice GUI with the important variables for overclocking.

9gxa05s8fa8sh May 14, 2020

I am really inexperienced and don't want to fry my CPU

step 1: the ks is already really well overclocked from the factory.

step 2: you don't have any idea how to overclock, so don't do it.

step 3: intel provides an automatic overclocking tool which will do the work for you and keep it stable, so use that if you must do anything.

step 4: you won't notice a difference between overclocked and not-overclocked, so don't waste your time.

murenitu1984 May 08, 2020

I do not agree very much, it shows it shows! It is little but it shows.

TehKoncept June 04, 2020

Need help\advice on 9900KS

Greetings. Sorry in advance for the long story and maybe wrong sub to get such piece of advice, but I thought that's the exact place I can get help with my CPU, since I seem to locate a problem.

I built 9900KS gaming PC during mid November 2019 with specs as follows:

9900KS + Maximus XI Hero mobo + 2x HyperX Predator 16gb each + 2080TI

Didn't plan to OC at all, 5GHz on all cores during turbo is more than OK for me. So I am air-cooled by Noctua, temperatures do not go above 75C during heavy load.

Stock settings (defaults in BIOS) except I turned off RGBs in powerstates and switched to shutdown state when everything is off, so no RGBs or USBs working, don't remember how it is correctly called, but anyway. HWInfo says it always stays in 5022-5027 range, VCORE fluctuates a ton, runs ok, no problems in idle.

Everything went smooth for the 2-3 months, then I encountered random BSODs during playing one game. Got suspicious cause I saw in Windows event log, that sometimes rarely WHEA-correctable errors occur (cache hierarchy errors with different process IDs) right before BSODs, all of BSODs were different, no specific time interval of occurrences (could play that game for a month and no BSODs), nothing to get a clue from, except that the majority of them (not all) had those WHEA-logger errors before bugcheck. Asked for help on Sysnative forums, so they could have analyzed my dumps and said maybe it is driver\software related problem. During that time I have run memtests with full OK passes (note: I couldn't swap sticks and test them 1 by 1 for clearer results, cause Noctua is huge and blocking free access to them); spent countless of hours with driver-verifier running - still to no avail, could not catch or provoke a BSOD, to get a clue what's wrong.

Dropped that game. Picked up another (old good modded skyrim), during modding I needed to run some tools to generate distant objects in high quality - resource demanding process that goes heavy on CPU during generation process (all of the cores go up to 90-100% utilization in HWInfo, temps are ok.) And can you guess? Now I can almost stably BSOD it (tried 4 times, only 1 of passes was successful). All of the times it ran, it generated a lot of those whea-correctable cache hierarchy errors and bugchecked. 2 bugchecks were with driver irql not less or equal - seen before, 1 of them was with corrupted dump, but from 0x101 code (assuming it was correct, and not random whatever was on top of memory stack) I read it is clock watchdog timeout, basicaly a deadlock or non-responsive core.

Anyway, after reading all the above you may ask, why I came here with this, and not back to troubleshooting forums? So the answer is, after googling what might be the cause of whea-errors, every time I saw that it is due to insufficient VCORE, I tried after troubleshooting to set VCORE in Bios to manual mode (went with 1.265), but since the crashes were random, I could not confirm that it helped (didn't test if it had any effect), so rolled back to auto every time just in case. Now when I got the way to stably crash my system, I went ahead and again set VCORE to manual mode with 1.265 - and as you can expect, I am no longer BSODing during that generation process, and still at same default 5022-5027 range.

Well my newbie question is - is it the right way for stabilizing VCORE with just manually setting it in BIOS and leaving everything else on default auto (Maximus XI Hero defaults, bios updated just in case), or is there a better way to achieve 5k on all cores with stable VCORE? I read that I can tweak LLC and bunch of other settings, but I am really lost and have a fear that I can mess something up. My simple goal is to stabilize VCORE (my guess is: defaults with this mobo, cause it to fluctuate down sometimes under heavy load, and then I get a bunch of wheas and a usually a BSOD) with maintaining 5GHz on cores. I don't know if Noctua could handle some basic OC, never planned to touch anything, but if better results are possible within same 75C temp range - I would gladly listen to such pieces of advice. Thx for reading.

tl;dr: For some reason 9900ks with default settings in Maximus XI mobo, spits out whea errors and sometimes bsods when under stress. Setting VCORE from auto to manual fixes it, but as someone who never planned or overclocked before, I am unsure that it is the right way to stabilize it. What can I do besides just changing 1 thing in BIOS to maintain 5GHz or maybe tweak it to more potential with respect to my air-cooler? Thx.

falkentyne May 11, 2020

Sometimes you need to take manual control. The auto settings are not always geared for your CPU sample. I also do not have an Asus board so I have no idea what auto LLC is. On Gigabyte, Auto is "Intel spec defaults"-max vdroop, unless MCE is enabled, where Auto becomes the same vdroop as "Turbo" LLC. I have no idea what Asus sets. But in their UEFI Bios, they should tell you what they are setting.

Can you play with 1.30v vcore Bios set, with LLC=5 ? Is this still stable? This is a very good setting for a 9900KS. If this is 100% fully stable, you can try lowering it slowly, 10mv at a time, until you reach 1.250v bios set.

Also set system agent voltage (VCCSA) to 1.20v and VCCIO to 1.15v if your memory XMP is below 4000 mhz. This can help a bit also.

TehKoncept May 29, 2020

Thx for the reply. Will try to play around. I don’t have xmp enabled, I believe it runs at default 2.400 (or whatever is non-xmp), will check that as well.

Grouch-7 May 23, 2020

Do you have the latest bios? Because I have seen this before where the bios wasn’t updated for the ks and it was crashing because of voltage. But during manual settings it wouldn’t crash. Update bios and if it doesn’t fix it then just do everything manual.

TehKoncept May 08, 2020

Updating BIOS is the first thing I have done when I suspected it has something to do with CPU, it didn’t help. No updates on Asus website ever since. Thx for reply, I currently set Vcore back to auto, but changed LLC to level 5 (auto was 6), so far so good, I will be actually surprised if it fixes it for good.

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Critics Reviews

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The Intel Core i9-9900KS arrives in an odd time for Intel: its latest desktop platform is a year older, and it continues to lose market share to a rival that it was handily defeating just a few ...
The Core i9-9900KS’s main features are unchanged from the Core i9-9900K. As we’ve mentioned, the Core i9-9900KS is designed for Intel’s socket 1151, just like 8th Gen parts, and it will work ...
The Intel Core i9-9900KS is a processor that takes the chance out of the lottery, and instead just hands you the winning numbers for a slightly higher cost. The standard Intel Core i9-9900K still ...
While the 8-core Core i9-9900K had an official base clock of 3.6GHz and officially would push one or two two cores to 5GHz on Turbo Boost, the 8-core Core i9-9900KS Special Edition can push all ...
Higher clock speeds are the Core i9-9900KS's real attraction. The -9900KS's premium silicon supports a 4 GHz base clock, which is a 400 MHz improvement over the -9900K that leads to a beastly 127W ...
Intel launched today the "new" Core i9-9900KS processor which appears to be a pointless release, similar to the Core i7-8086K that we never bothered to look at. Intel says this new processor ...
Core i9-9900KS is a stopgap solution to ensure Intel can lay claim to the fastest gaming performance, but AMD is almost certainly going to come out on top in any multithreaded testing—if not ...
Core i9-9900K stretches up to 5.0 GHz when two cores are active, outstripping the Core i7-8086K and its ability to hit 5.0 GHz on one core. As you can see in the chart above, Intel is pushing the ...