With Intel’s Core i9-12900KS launch date fast approaching, Intel’s partners are getting ready to add the new CPU to their pre-built desktops. Maingear is one of the first to announce integration, with the 12900KS coming to three of the current desktop configurations: VYBE, RUSH and R1 Razer Edition. The 12900KS will serve as the most powerful Intel CPU configuration for each of these prebuilt desktops.
The Vybe series is Maingear’s cheapest pre-built to pack the new special edition CPU. It is built around a mid-tower ATX chassis with a tempered glass side panel, with options for air cooling, all-in-one liquid coolers and the option of a custom loop. Starting price for the Vybe is $1,599 for the base spec (not including the 12900KS).
The R1 Razer Edition steps it up a notch, with a Razer-themed Tomahawk A1 tempered glass ATX mid-tower chassis that’s RGB-lit on the bottom. If you like Razer’s green color theme, this is the desktop for you. However, there is no custom loop option with this prebuilt. The only options are for air cooling or an AIO liquid cooler for the CPU. The starting price for the R1 Razer Edition is $1,699 (again without the 12900KS).
The Rush desktop is Maingears’ most extravagant configuration of the three that will feature 12900KS. Based on a Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL E-ATX Full Tower chassis, tempered glass is everywhere, with options for tons of additional RGB chassis fans. Options for this pre-build include your typical air cooling as well as an AIO liquid cooler, but also include an option for a complex custom loop configuration that comes with a large distribution plate on the front of the case for all to see. The starting price for Rush is $2299 (without 12900KS).
Maingear hasn’t added the i9-12900KS to its configuration tool yet, so we don’t know how much this chip will actually cost with all three of these pre-builds. But the official MSRP will be $739, so expect an additional price increase of $740, roughly, for each of these desktops when available.
The 12900KS should officially arrive sometime around April 5th, with Intel announcing a livestream discussing the new CPU on that very date. The new chip will be Intel’s new flagship CPU for the Alder Lake generation, packing the highest core clocks of any Alder Lake CPU.
Core clocks are estimated at 5.5GHz for its single-core turbo, plus a turbo frequency of a whopping 5.2GHz. According to preliminary tests, these higher clock speeds appear to make the 12900KS 11% faster than the standard 12900K in multi-threaded tests.
So far, all the core specs we know about have been based on leaks and are not official. We’ll know more about this CPU’s official specs during Intel’s livestream early next week.