With Intel’s Core i9-12900KS launch date fast approaching, Intel’s partners are gearing up to add the new processor to its prebuilt desktops. Maingear is one of the first to announce the integration, with 12900KS available on three of its current desktop configurations: VYBE, RUSH and R1 Razer Edition. The 12900KS will serve as the most powerful Intel processor configuration for each of these pre-built desktops.
The Vybe series is Maingear’s cheapest pre-built to pack the new special-edition processor. It’s built around a mid-tower ATX chassis with a tempered glass side panel, with options for air cooling, all-in-one liquid coolers, and an option for a custom loop. The Vybe’s starting price is $1599 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 love Razer’s green color theme, this desk is for you. However, there is no custom loop option with this pre-built. The only options are 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 the 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-built include your typical air cooling as well as an AIO liquid cooler, but also include an option for a complex custom loop setup which comes with a large distribution plate on the front of the case for so everyone can see it. The Rush’s starting price is $2,299 (without the 12900KS).
Maingear has yet to add the i9-12900KS to its configuration utility, so we don’t know how much this chip will actually cost with these three pre-built. But, the official recommended price will be $739, so expect an additional price hike of $740, or so, for each of these desktops once they become available.
The 12900KS is officially expected to arrive around April 5, with Intel announcing a live stream discussing the new processor on that exact date. The new chip will be Intel’s new flagship processor for the Alder Lake generation, containing the highest base clocks of any Alder Lake processor.
Base clocks are rated at 5.5 GHz for its single-core turbo, plus an all-core turbo frequency of 5.2 GHz. According to preliminary tests, these higher clock speeds appear to make the 12900KS 11% faster than the standard 12900K in multi-threaded tests.
As of now, all base specs that we know of are based on leaks and are unofficial. We’ll hear more about the official specs of this processor during Intel’s live stream early next week.