Intel Core i9-14900KS Limited Edition CPU leak suggests a robust but power-hungry processor

The Intel Core i9-14900KS giveth and taketh away.

An Intel Core i9-14900KS Limited Edition CPU box with a fork and knife.

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Though still yet to be revealed by Intel, its upcoming Core i9-14900KS Limited Edition CPU is already looking like a behemoth. At least, that’s according to the leaks that have surfaced so far. Aside from being predictably robust, the highly anticipated processor will apparently consume power like no other CPU before it.

Initially spotted by BenchLeaks on Twitter/X, the Intel Core i9-14900KS can reach a peak power consumption of 410W while its average power consumption is around 330W-332W. Unsurprisingly, its massive power draw has prompted criticism, with one person calling its efficiency “utter garbage.” Of course, if you can stomach its high power draw, you will be rewarded with a top-tier, lightning-quick CPU with a base frequency of 3.2 GHz and a max turbo frequency of 6.2 (!!) GHz. Yes, you read that last number right. If this number ends up being true, this would make it one of the fastest-clocked CPUs on the market.

Intel Core i9-14900KS Limited Edition CPU leak specs

Aside from its max turbo frequency of 6.2 GHz, benchmarking website OCCT also revealed some of its other important specs. This includes 32MB of L2 Cache and 36MB of L3 Cache, which makes it ideal for hardcore gaming, heavy video editing, or other demanding tasks. The Core i9-14900KS also boasts 24 cores and 32 total threads, so you won’t have any trouble with poor performance or multitasking if you build your PC around this processor.

With its tremendous capabilities, this CPU’s colossal power draw isn’t exactly a surprise. However, performance often isn’t the only aspect consumers look at, as its efficiency is already drawing plenty of criticism early on. But with Intel yet to reveal a release date for this processor, those looking to get their hands on it may have to remain patient indefinitely.

While you wait for its arrival, check out our page on the best CPU for the RTX 4070 Super for more options. If you don’t mind splurging, you can also take a look at the best CPU for the RTX 4080 Super instead.

Nico is a Tech News Writer for PC Guide. He is also adept at finding a good deal every now and then, stemming from his days penny-pinching as a broke college kid.