Intel has revealed on Tuesday its 11th generation of processors, known by the codename Rocket Lake-S. The good news is that the new desktop chips are compatible with the 400 series motherboards, so the user won’t have to purchase a new component if it decides to upgrade their CPU in the future.
The most powerful name of these processors is the Core i9-11900K, with eight cores, 16 threads, a maximum boost frequency of 5.3 GHz and memory support DDR4 up to 3.200 MHz.
Considering that the Core i9-10900K, the top line model of the previous generation, has 10 cores and 20 threads, the new chip represents a downgrade in that question. However, according to Intel, this occurred thanks to a significant change in processor microarchitecture, now called Cypress Cove. The novelty replaces the Skylake microarchitecture, used by the company since 2015.
The company’s argument is that the core count is not enough to dictate the gross power of a processor, its frequency speed, for example, is also a relevant factor. According to Intel, the new chips will deliver more performance thanks to the 19% increase in the IPC (instructions per cycle), compared to the previous generation.
More powerful than the Ryzen 9 5900X
Benchmark tests also reveal that, in direct comparison with Core i9-10900K – released in May last year, the i9-11900K offers a performance of 8% to 14% higher in some games like “Microsoft War Simulator”. Intel also claims that its top-line chip can even surpass the Ryzen 9 5900X of the AMD rival in these aspects, although by smaller margins, between 3% and 11%.
The new architecture still brings other improvements, such as the 50% more powerful integrated graphics. However, considering that processors will probably be combined with a video card, this should not draw the attention of gamers.
Something worth noting is the compatibility with the Resizable BAR feature, which increases the frame rate per second in the games on Nvidia and AMD compatible GPUs. Finally, there is also integrated support for USB connection in version 3.2, which offers 20 Gbps bandwidth, as well as Intel’s own Thunderbolt 4 technology.
These 11th-generation Intel processores reach international retail from today. In the US, the i9-11900K will be sold for $539, while the i7-11700K intermediate chip costs $399. The most basic model of the line, the i5-11400 with 6 cores and 12 threads, will be sold for $ 182.