At the moment, Intel lastly took the wraps of all the main points about its upcoming Eleventh-gen Rocket Lake processors. Whereas the announcement wasn’t a shock—a lot data is on the market within the wild already, and a few customers and reviewers have even gotten their palms on a chip or two properly earlier than the official launch date—there’s nonetheless some contemporary data. I might really argue we now know crucial data: clock speeds, SKUs, costs, efficiency, and different additional options that Intel didn’t embrace in its earlier era of desktop processors.
Let’s begin with what most likely will all the time be the elephant within the room: Sure, Intel’s Eleventh-gen processors are on a 14nm mode. However even with out shifting to a brand new transistor node, Intel says it was nonetheless in a position to enhance gen-to-gen efficiency with a number of key architectural modifications. The Rocket Lake CPUs are primarily based on Intel’s Cypress Cove structure, which consists of Ice Lake’s 10nm node ported again to 14nm, mixed with Tiger Lake graphics. Mainly, Intel’s Eleventh-gen desktop CPUs have some options of its Eleventh-gen cellular processors, which makes it the primary time the corporate has re-done its desktop structure in about 5 years.
Porting the 10nm node again to a 14nm node additionally meant the chipmaker might solely match a complete of 8 cores and 16 threads onto its Eleventh-gen CPUs, however the brand new structure means a rise in what number of directions are utterly executed in a clock cycle. Intel stated it was in a position to enhance directions per cycle by 19%, however utilizing the brand new structure additionally means a 50% enhance in built-in graphics efficiency.
In the case of gaming, that interprets to about an 8-14% frames per second enhance when evaluating the brand new Core i9-11900K to the Core i9-10900K, and a 7-16% fps achieve from the Core i5-10600K to the Core i5-11600K. Intel stated its flagship i9-11900K has a couple of 3-11% lead over AMD’s Ryzen 5900X in some video games.
Intel additionally boasts elevated processing occasions in varied artistic duties, like photograph tagging, video creation, and different productiveness duties with Microsoft Workplace applications. In comparison with its Tenth-gen processors, Intel stated its Eleventh-gen Core i9 is as much as 88% quicker in video creation workflows, and 35% quicker in comparison with AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X. That’s not AMD’s prime Ryzen 5000 processor, nonetheless, so it’ll be fascinating to see how the brand new Core i9-11900K compares to the Ryzen 9 5950X.
Eleventh-gen Core i9
Intel made some modifications to its enthusiast-level processors, however clock speeds aren’t one in all them: 5.3 GHz remains to be the best clock velocity you may get out of any of the processors, and the top-of-the-line Core i9-11900K and Core i9-11900KF nonetheless want 125W of energy. All Ok-processors are unlocked, and all F-processors come with out Intel UHD 750 built-in graphics.
Like we talked about beforehand, Intel ditched its 10-core, 20-thread Core i9s for an easier 8 cores and 16 threads, however the Core i9s now help each DDR4-2933 and DDR4-3200 RAM. However the different trade-off is these CPUs’ beginning costs are dearer than the earlier era—greater than $500 for the i9-11900K in comparison with the $488 i9-10900K.
- i9-11900K—as much as 3.5 GHz base / 5.3 GHz enhance ($539)
- i9-11900KF—as much as 3.5 GHz base / 5.3 GHz enhance ($513)
- i9-11900—as much as 2.5 GHz base / 5.2 GHz enhance ($439)
- i9-11900F—as much as 3.5 GHz base / 5.2 GHz enhance ($422)
- i9-1900T—as much as 1.5 GHz base / 4.9 GHz enhance ($439)
Eleventh-gen Core i7
It’s the same story with Intel’s high-end Core-i7 processors. Costs begin a bit of increased than the earlier era, Ok processors are unlocked, and F processors are sans built-in graphics. RAM help is identical, however these CPUs can solely stand up to a 5.0 GHz enhance clock in comparison with the i7-10700K’s 5.1 GHz. Prime-end i7s additionally take 125W of energy. All are 8-core, 16-thread.
- i7-11700K—as much as 3.6 GHz base / 5.0 GHz enhance ($399)
- i7-11700KF—as much as 3.6 GHz base / 5.0 GHz enhance ($374)
- i7-11700—as much as 2.5 GHz base / 4.9 GHz enhance ($323)
- i7-11700F—as much as 2.5 GHz base / 4.9 GHz enhance ($298)
- i7-11700T—as much as 1.4 GHz base / 4.6 GHz enhance ($323)
Eleventh-gen Core i5
The Core i5s are arguably probably the most “bang for your buck” processors. They’re mid-tier, beginning costs haven’t modified from the earlier era, and Intel was in a position to enhance the enhance clock only a tad. Intel can be beginning out with extra Core i5 configurations than final yr, 9 in comparison with 5, and all are 6-core/12-thread with a max thermal design energy of 125W for the top-end i5-11600K and i5-11600KF. All of them additionally help each DDR4-2933 and DDR4-3200 RAM.
- i5-11600K—as much as 3.9 GHz base / 4.9 GHz enhance ($262)
- i5-11600KF—as much as 3.9 GHz base / 4.9 GHz enhance ($237)
- i5-11600—as much as 2.8 GHz base / 4.8 GHz enhance ($213)
- i5-11600T—as much as 1.7 GHz base / 4.1 GHz enhance ($213)
- i5-11500—as much as 2.7 GHz base / 4.6 GHz enhance ($192)
- i5-11500T—as much as 1.5 GHz base / 3.9 GHz enhance ($192)
- i5-11400—as much as 2.6 GHz base / 4.4 GHz enhance ($182)
- i5-11400F—as much as 2.7 GHz base / 4.4 GHz enhance ($157)
- i5-11400T—as much as 1.3 GHz base / 3.7 GHz enhance ($182)
Tenth-gen Core i3 Refresh
Intel shouldn’t be together with a Core i3 line-up in its Eleventh-gen lineup. As an alternative, the chipmaker has opted to refresh its Tenth-gen line, including six new choices. All however one, the Core i3-10105F, will include built-in UHD 630 graphics, and a virtually all-refreshed Tenth-gen Core i3 has barely increased clock speeds than its authentic counterparts that have been launched final yr, with Turbo Enhance Expertise enabled. All are 4-core/8-threads, 65W TDP (apart from the i3-10105T, which is 35W), help twin channel DDR4-2666 RAM, and all are locked so no overclocking.
- i3-10325—as much as 3.9 GHz base / 4.7 GHz enhance ($154)
- i3-10305—as much as 3.8 GHz base / 4.5 GHz enhance ($143)
- i3-10305T—as much as 3.0 GHz base / 4.0 GHz enhance ($143)
- i3-10105—as much as 3.7 GHz base / 4.4 GHz enhance ($122)
- i3-10105F—as much as 3.9 GHz base / 4.4 GHz enhance ($97)
- i3-10105T—as much as 3.0 GHz base / 3.9 GHz enhance ($122)
Different new options
One of the vital requested options for Intel’s H and B-series motherboard is reminiscence overclocking. Prior to now, simply Z-series Intel motherboards had XMP (the flowery time period for reminiscence overclocking) profiles pre-loaded within the BIOS. The Z490 and Z590, for example, allow you to overlock your RAM with a number of easy clicks—and now Intel’s H570 and B560 chipsets will allow you to do the identical. All 500-series chipsets are backwards appropriate with Tenth-gen processors, too.
Customers additionally gained’t have to enter the BIOS anymore to overclock their RAM, both. Intel has enabled that function in its Excessive Tuning Utility program, so anybody can change the velocity of their RAM from their desktop with a push of a button. Looks as if a superb possibility for anybody who doesn’t essentially need to tinker within the BIOS, however would need the advantage of barely quicker RAM. This may solely work with 500-series motherboards although.
Lastly, Intel’s Eleventh-gen CPUs lastly get the PCIe 4.0 remedy. When you’ve got a 400-series motherboard, it’s seemingly that’s already PCIe 4.0 appropriate; Intel beforehand had a difficulty getting the brand new normal to work chip-side, however if you happen to’ve been ready to throw down on a brand new PCIe 4.0 SSD, now is likely to be a superb time to begin procuring round.
PCIe 4.0 help signifies that Intel is lastly on the identical normal as AMD—to not point out all Eleventh-gen processors help Resizable BAR, so as soon as Nvidia rolls out the function to all of its RTX 30-series playing cards, any Intel/Nvidia combo will be capable to compete with AMD’s Sensible Entry Reminiscence. Each options may help enhance body charges in video games, generally as much as 30 frames a second, as we noticed beforehand when we examined AMD’s RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 graphics playing cards.
Intel will launch its complete lineup of Eleventh-gen desktop processors on March 30.