It appears that the first gaming benchmarks for the Intel Core i9-9900KS have surfaced online. The Intel Core i9-9900KS is basically an overclocked 9900K desktop processor and as you may have guessed, it performs similarly to it.
Tomshardware got its hands on this upcoming CPU and benchmarked it in six games. The CPU performed within expectations, though there were some minor performance improvements over the 9900K model.
Intel has not officially revealed yet the price for this CPU. In my opinion, the best option for Intel is to retire the previous 9900K model and start offering the 9900KS at the very same price. Otherwise, we don’t believe there is any meaningful reason to get this over the 9900K mode.
Going into more details, the performance difference between the 9900KS and the 9900K in Ashes of the Singularity is below 1fps. In Far Cry 5, a game that relies heavily one a single CPU thread, the performance difference is 5fps. In Final Fantasy XV the performance difference is 3fps and in GTA 5 the performance difference is 5fps. Lastly, both Project Cars 2 and World of Tanks run around 10fps better/faster on the i9 9900KS.
Kudos to our reader Metal Messiah for bringing this to our attention!