Intel’s flagship Core i9-12900KS CPU recently competed with AMD’s V-Cache-enabled Ryzen 5800X3D. Although the two chips will soon face a real-world gaming benchmark, overclockers are already celebrating a field day with Intel’s latest Silicon. The title feature of this CPU is that it is a binned 12900K CPU, so it has been pre-selected to offer the most headroom from Intel’s Silicon stock. Off the shelf it offers a two-core boost clock of 5.5GHz and an all-core watch of 5.2GHz. This is slightly higher than the Vanilla 12900K’s maximum 5.2GHz boost watch. These kind of tied chips are exciting for extreme overclockers, and one of them has already taken Intel’s new CPU at an insane clock speed of 7,450.62MHz using liquid nitrogen (LN2). For the unaltered, LN2 is about 320 degrees Fahrenheit Below zeroSo it can keep a CPU quite cool.
The MSI team overclocker TSAIK was able to carry Intel’s chip up to 7.45GHz, but it only had to use a P-core to do so. According to Tom’s hardware, this is a 35 percent increase over the typical 1C / 2T overclock. Its CPU was stuck on an MSI MEG Unify-X motherboard, a Z690 board designed for extreme overclocking. Proof of this is only two DIMM slots and 19 + 2 power phase. It is not clear which model of memory sticks was used, as the HWBot leaderboard only lists “Samsung”. Although TSAIK topped the list for maximum overclockers, a glance at the HWBot standings shows that another overclocker holds the highest benchmark record.
You can see that an overclocker called Slave claimed a clean sweep of almost all records. Had it not been for Semann in SuperPay, he would have held every record except the highest overlock number. Interestingly, he has already overclocked a standard 12900K to 7.6GHz, but this leaderboard only applies to Intel’s new chips. Slave used an ASRock Z690 Aqua OC motherboard to achieve this feat, which set him three world records and three world number one.
What this kind of overclocking achieves is, in addition to bragging on the right, some crazy benchmark numbers. In the Cinebench R20 test, the vanilla 12900K score is around 10K, according to AnandTech, the overclocked version hits above 15K. In Geekbench 5’s multi-core test, the stock racked 12900K 18.5K points, the Super-Child 12900Ks hit 27.8K. These are impressive benefits, although they are not achievable with the traditional coolness. Encouragingly, Intel’s new chip has been out for just over a week. As Intel’s process nodes mature, results may improve in the future