Tuesday, March 16th 2021

Intel Launches 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake": Unmatched Overclocking and Gaming Performance

The 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake-S") launched worldwide today, led by the flagship Intel Core i9-11900K. Reaching speeds of up to 5.30 GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, the Intel Core i9-11900K delivers even more performance to gamers and PC enthusiasts.

Engineered on the new Cypress Cove architecture, 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors are designed to transform hardware and software efficiency and increase raw gaming performance​. The new architecture brings up to 19% gen-over-gen instructions per cycle (IPC) improvement for the highest frequency cores and adds Intel UHD graphics featuring the Intel Xe graphics architecture for rich media and intelligent graphics capabilities. That matters because games and most applications continue to depend on high-frequency cores to drive high frame rates and low latency.
With its new 11th Gen desktop processors, Intel continues to push desktop gaming performance to the limits and deliver the most amazing immersive experiences for players everywhere.

At the top of the stack is the 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K, featuring unmatched performance with up to 5.3 gigahertz, eight cores, 16 threads and 16 megabytes of Intel Smart Cache. The unlocked 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processor supports fast memory speeds with DDR4-3200 to help enable smooth gameplay and seamless multitasking on this platform.

Improvements in this generation include:
  • Up to 19% gen-over-gen IPC performance improvement.
  • Up to 50% better integrated graphics performance with Intel UHD graphics featuring Intel Xe graphics architecture.
  • Intel Deep Learning Boost and Vector Neural Network Instructions support to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) inference—vastly improving performance for deep learning workloads.
  • Enhanced overclocking tools and features for flexible overclocking and tuning performance and experience.
Through close collaboration with more than 200 of the top game developers, Intel brings a host of game, engine, middleware and rendering optimizations to applications so they can take advantage of 11th Gen Intel Core S-series processors to deliver exciting gaming experiences.

Superior Tuning and Stability: 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors introduce new overclocking tools and features for more flexible tuning to achieve unmatched speeds and superior game performance. This generation includes real-time memory overclocking which enables changes to DDR4 frequency in real time, extending memory overclocking support for H570 and B560 chipsets allowing users to experience overclocking, Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) 2 and AVX-512 voltage guard band override, and an all new integrated memory controller with wider timings and Gear 2 support (in addition to Gear 1 support).

Media and Streaming Features for Days: The new 11th Gen Intel Core S-series delivers rich media experiences, from AAA gaming to high-definition streaming with additional features including DDR4-3200 MHz support, 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, Intel Quick Sync Video, enhanced media (10-bit AV1/12bit high-efficiency video coding decode and end-to-end compression), enhanced display (Integrated HDMI 2.0, HBR3), and discrete Thunderbolt 4 and Intel Wi-Fi 6E support.

For more information on Intel 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors, visit the 11th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors Product Brief below.

11th Gen Core Processor Models and Pricing (in 1,000-unit tray quantities):
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254 Comments on Intel Launches 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake": Unmatched Overclocking and Gaming Performance

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ZoneDymo
Lol and maybe it's just me but these things are always so generic and boring to read, like a bot wrote it all...

Edit 540 bucks for a 11900k? They have lost their marbles
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MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
AlexaThat much for an 8 core?
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MxPhenom 216
Did I say AMD's pricing was any better lol

Hell I got my 3900X at $410
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MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
AlexaDid I say AMD's pricing was any better lol

Hell I got my 3900X at $410
Just making sure you are consistent...

Lately on these forums (Not you, forum in general) that hasn't been the case.
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ZoneDymo
MxPhenom 216
540 vs 450 is quite a difference
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#7
mouacyk
Lamer launch is lame
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Intel is good value for money. You can divide by 10 to get prices in euros.
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MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
ZoneDymo540 vs 450 is quite a difference
You can also get a 11700k for $400...Another 8/16 core unlocked chip...Won't miss anything, but a couple more GHz boost...
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Bruno Vieira
They are really charging 'good 12 core' pricing for 'notsogreat 8 core' cpus. Go figure
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#11
Fatalfury
Need to Wait for Power Consumption Benchmarks rather than gaming benchmarks this time before making a decision to buy 1.
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#12
mechtech
Gaming performance..........?? On integrated graphics???

Can't mean with discrete cards, cause there isn't any ;)
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#13
Fleurious
Waiting for more reviews on these because Anandtech’s early review didn’t give me a good impression. There are 5800x in stock locally that i’ll get if the 11900k is a dud (comparatively speaking).
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RedelZaVedno
The only slightly interesting CPUs are 11400F ($157) and 11700F ($298) when coupled with budget friendly B560 MBs (so one can use OC DDR4) if up to 19% IPC gain translates into more fps in gaming. If not, I 10400F ($129) / 10700F ($254) offer best value atm or wait until Alder Lake release or Ryzen3 getting a price cut (not very likely anytime soon).
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#15
Durvelle27
The i9 of this Gen seems so pointless. It really makes the i7 look like an even better deal
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MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
Durvelle27The i9 of this Gen seems so pointless. It really makes the i7 look like an even better deal
Right, I see no reason for anyone to get a i9. Other than maybe e-peen, or more money than brains...
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#17
Turmania
Do non-k versions support ddr4-3200? If so that is good.
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#18
ZoneDymo
MxPhenom 216You can also get a 11700k for $400...Another 8/16 core unlocked chip...Won't miss anything, but a couple more GHz boost...
yeah and? that does not mean the 11900k doesn't exists for a rediculous price.... the original comment was "that much for an 8 core" which yeah means that 8 core 11900k for 540 dollars.
FatalfuryNeed to Wait for Power Consumption Benchmarks rather than gaming benchmarks this time before making a decision to buy 1.
There is a review out already from Anandtech...spoiler: it does not look good
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#19
B-Real
"Unmatched Overclocking and Gaming Performance"

The key term is "Press Release".
MxPhenom 216
He said 540. You linked a 450. That's -90 if I count well.
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#21
Tom Sunday
ZoneDymo540 bucks for a 11900k? They have lost their marbles
Well...with the "Alder Lake" CPU virtually on our doorstep I hate to guess what the prices will then be for us to shell-out? Then in tune the all new mandated LGA 1700 mobos announcing themselves as well. The Z590 Asus Hero VIII now runs at $500 and this is not even their top-end board. So essentially all mobo manufacturers get to "double-dip" into profits this year as well. So everything we see right now runs at $500 plus.

I personally and with all the new tech that comes along with the Alder Lake hardware packages later this year, see a across the board further 25% price increase. Should and if GPU's become available at MSRP for this years Holiday Season, the officially stated to date MSRP's will most likely increase as well at a cool 25% or more and to initially feed a buying frenzy. After all its Christmas and people think differently. Once I see all of this coming down on me I will then surely get my marble attack.
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#22
Max(IT)
What about the NDA for reviews ?
Tom SundayWell...with the "Alder Lake" CPU virtually on our doorstep I hate to guess what the prices will then be for us to shell-out? Then the all new mandated LGA 1700 mobos announcing themselves as well. The Z590 Asus Hero VIII now runs at $500. So essentially all mobo manufacturers get to "double-dip" into profits this year as well. So everything we see right now runs at $500 plus. I personally and with all the new tech that comes along with the Alder Lake hardware packages, see a clean 25% price increase. Once I see it of course I will then get my marble attack.
I don’t believe in Alder Lake this year...
Bork BorkIntel is good value for money. You can divide by 10 to get prices in euros.
In many other countries in Europe you can find a 5800X for less than 450€...

After a quick look at 11700K power consumption let me know about the “good deal”.
Intel good deal is on Comet lake: 10400 and 10700 are a good purchase today.
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DDR5/PCIe 5.0 hardware will be much much more expensive compared to current prices. I think I'm just gonna upgrade with what we have from both teams now and hope for the best as we are already starting to have diminishing returns in some aspects (i.e NVMe drives running hot) and I doubt we'll be seeing 2400+ TBW on PCIe 4.0/5.0 drives anytime soon.
Max(IT)After a quick look at 11700K power consumption let me know about the “good deal”.
Intel good deal is on Comet lake: 10400 and 10700 are a good purchase today.
All good as long as you don't plan on running AVX512 tasks 24/7 which many seem to plan on doing judging by comments across the internet.
Max(IT)In many other countries in Europe you can find a 5800X for less than 450€...
If I were to buy a 5800X outside Sweden and it happens to be faulty/DoA then I'm screwed.
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#24
Tomorrow
AlexaDid I say AMD's pricing was any better lol

Hell I got my 3900X at $410
And i got 3800X for 325€ shortly after it came out. I agree that 450 for 8c/16t even if it's the fastest is too much. Regardless if it's AMD or Intel.
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Max(IT)
MxPhenom 216
Two wrongs don’t make one right...
Bork BorkAll good as long as you don't plan on running AVX512 tasks 24/7 which many seem to plan on doing judging by comments across the internet.
You missed the part where 11700K reached 224 W without AVX512...
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