With the Intel Core i9-12900KS launch date fast approaching, Intel’s partners are preparing to add the new CPU to their pre-built desktops. Maingear is one of the first to announce the integration, with 12900KS coming to three of its current desktop configurations: VYBE, RUSH, and R1 Razer Edition. The 12900KS will serve as the most powerful Intel CPU configuration for each of these pre-built desktops.
The Vybe series is Maingear’s cheapest pre-built CPU for the new Special Edition. It’s built around a mid-tower ATX case that features a tempered glass side panel and offers options for air cooling, all-in-one liquid coolers, and a custom loop option. Starting price for the Vybe is $1599 for the base spec (excluding the 12900KS).
The R1 Razer Edition takes this a step further, featuring a Tomahawk A1 ATX mid-tower case with a Razer-themed tempered glass design that is RGB-illuminated 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 pre-made one. The only options are air cooling or an AIO water 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 the 12900KS. Based on a Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL E-ATX full tower case, tempered glass is everywhere, with options for tons of additional RGB case fans. Options for this pre-built cooler include your typical air cooling as well as an AIO liquid cooler, but also an option for a complex custom loop configuration that comes with a large distributor plate on the front of the case for everyone to see. The starting price for the Rush is $2,299 (excluding 12900KS).
Maingear hasn’t added the i9-12900KS to its configuration utility yet, so we don’t know how much this chip will actually cost with all three of these pre-built components. However, the official suggested price is $739. So expect an additional price increase of roughly $740 for each of these desktops once they become available.
The 12900KS should officially arrive sometime around April 5th, with Intel announcing a live stream discussing the new CPU by that exact date. The new chip will be Intel’s new flagship CPU for the Alder Lake generation and will deliver the highest core clocks of any Alder Lake CPU.
Core clocks are estimated at 5.5GHz for the single-core turbo, plus an all-core turbo frequency of 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.
At the moment, all core specs that we know of are based on leaks and are not official. We’ll learn more about the official specs of this CPU during Intel’s live stream early next week.