According to the latest BIOS for ASRock motherboards, the upcoming Intel Core i9-12900KS processor may feature something referred to as “Enhanced Thermal Velocity Boost”.
While other Intel Elder Lake processors support the native Thermal Velocity Boost, there has been no mention of an improved version so far. The update was spotted on ASRock’s website, but it seems to have been pulled since then.
Thermal Velocity Boost offered by Intel is a technology that increases the clock speed when the processor temperature allows. If workload is required and the temperature is below a certain level, Thermal Velocity Boost automatically unlocks the higher frequency, thereby increasing CPU performance.
Thermal Velocity Boost can be enabled on some motherboards and is supported by both 11th and 12th generation Intel processors. The specifications for the previous generation of Intel CPUs, called Rocket Lake, actually included Thermal Velocity Boost. It was omitted from Elder Lake’s official specifications, but CPUs seem to support this technology in conjunction with some motherboards.
As Intel hasn’t talked about this feature much (or at all) in the context of its 12th-gen processors, it’s no surprise that the mention of a potential Enhanced Thermal Velocity Boost comes from a different source. The latest patches for the ASRock Intel 600 Series motherboards specifically add the option to enable this Enhanced Boost on Intel Core i9-12900KS processors.
It is not clear what could be the difference between the upgraded version and the standard version supported by processors like the Core i9-12900K. The BIOS update only mentions the upcoming Core i9-12900KS, which is still unannounced, though a certain teaser during Intel’s CES 2022 keynote seems to be related to the alleged processor.
During CES 2022, Intel revealed that it plans to release a new 12th-gen processor from the KS series. The CPU will have a max turbo boost of up to 5.5GHz. While the company didn’t refer to it by name, it’s most likely the Intel Core i9-12900KS we’re seeing here in the ASRock BIOS update. Interestingly, the BIOS update seems to have been removed from ASRock’s website And now only to mention the update to Intel’s microcode.
We’ll have to wait to hear from Intel where CPUs are concerned. As of now, it is yet to be confirmed for release in the consumer market. It may end up prebuilt rather than sold as a part for those who want to build their own PC.