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

#226
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
Super XP
Personally I am going to skip the AM5|DDR5's 1st through 2nd or 3rd generation, because the 1st is always usually not perfect.
For Example:
OK Bulldozer > Better Piledriver
OK ZEN > Better ZEN+ or A lot Better ZEN2

I can see this happening again and again as seen in the past. Which tells me I will hold onto my future ZEN3 gaming rig for another 3-4 years if not more.
Yeah I mean if it “keeps up”performance wise like my 4790K did I will run.it until it doesn’t and maybe a GPU upgrade after a few years. My 4790K had a Fury a Vega and my current 5700XT. Those upgrades were significant performance boosts that kept up with increasing GFX requirements.
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#227
HenrySomeone
coozie78
Post one that can match my 3900X for CPU rendering, pal.
We don't all just play games!

And, amazingly, ON TOPIC: Not impressed, not at all, and that Anandtech review others have mentioned isn't getting me excited either.
The way things are going my current 3900X/1080Ti is going to have to keep going for MUCH longer.
Ahhh, the holy grail of AMD aficionados since time immemorial - cpu rendering! Well, let's look at the whole picture:
10900f (with max turbo) is only slightly slower in rendering than 3900X

and yes, it does consume about 40W more doing it (or a lot less at stock and while it is in that case notably slower, it is also just as energy efficient as the Ryzen)

however, here's the kicker - it's currently over 180 $ cheaper!

Intel Core i9-10900F 2.8 GHz LGA 1200 BX8070110900F Desktop Processor - Newegg.com
AMD RYZEN 9 3900X 12-Core 3.8 GHz (4.6 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W 100-100000023BOX Desktop Processor - Newegg.com

How's that "fabled" AMD price/performance working out for you now, huh pal?
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#228
Vanny
HenrySomeone
Ahhh, the holy grail of AMD aficionados since time immemorial - cpu rendering! Well, let's look at the whole picture:
10900f (with max turbo) is only slightly slower in rendering than 3900X

and yes, it does consume about 40W more doing it (or a lot less at stock and while it is in that case notably slower, it is also just as energy efficient as the Ryzen)

however, here's the kicker - it's currently over 180 $ cheaper!

Intel Core i9-10900F 2.8 GHz LGA 1200 BX8070110900F Desktop Processor - Newegg.com
AMD RYZEN 9 3900X 12-Core 3.8 GHz (4.6 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W 100-100000023BOX Desktop Processor - Newegg.com

How's that "fabled" AMD price/performance working out for you now, huh pal?
Why did you quote me? I didn't write that.

I'm also quite not interested in useless fanboy debates.
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#229
HenrySomeone
Hmmm, weird - the quoted text is correct, yet not attributed to its owner, but instead to you for some reason. There seems to be some shenanigans going on; let me see if I can rectify that...
There we go - properly attributed to its biased author now.
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#232
Why_Me
Alexa
This post could've been good if you left out that last sentence
The 3600 is going for $220 in the US atm. If only AMD cared about us poors.
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#233
Vanny
Why_Me
The 3600 is going for $220 in the US atm. If only AMD cared about us poors.
Companies don't care about you unless you hold shares.
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#234
HenrySomeone
Yup, there is currently absolutely zero dilemma who to go with as far as cpus are concerned in the budget - midrange class...
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#235
Vanny
HenrySomeone
Yup, there is currently absolutely zero dilemma who to go with as far as cpus are concerned in the budget - midrange class...
Of course, the company which lowered their prices, in this case Intel. When Intel comes back, AMD will lower prices once again. Then when AMD comes back... yawn.
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#236
Why_Me
Alexa
Of course, the company which lowered their prices, in this case Intel. When Intel comes back, AMD will lower prices once again. Then when AMD comes back... yawn.
During this time of global pandemic only one cpu manufacture came through for us poors while the other cpu manufacturer actually raised their prices.
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#237
heflys20
Wow. The trolling is strong in this thread. Pretty hilarious.
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#238
Why_Me
heflys20
Wow. The trolling is strong in this thread. Pretty hilarious.
I have to admit I'm a bit shocked at all the contempt shown on here for a company that allows for decent budget minded gaming builds. I imagine those same posters feasting on caviar, lobster and champagne while gaming with their 5800X and $250+ 570 boards.
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#239
heflys20
That's actually ironic, since someone on here was telling me how buying the top gaming cpu (which was Intel at the time) was one of the necessary components to ensuring that their computer was the equivalent of a "Bugatti." It was indicated that I was a pleb by comparison for realizing it was overpriced mediocrity. I digress though. I believe it was outperformed by Amd not even a year later. I may be wrong though. I digress, though.
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#240
Gmr_Chick
Why_Me
I have to admit I'm a bit shocked at all the contempt shown on here for a company that allows for decent budget minded gaming builds. I imagine those same posters feasting on caviar, lobster and champagne while gaming with their 5800X and $250+ 570 boards.
You can fuck off with that shit, first off. Take a good look at my system specs -- does that sound like I'm "feasting on caviar, lobster and champagne" to you?! I've always had to depend on others due to my visual impairment, and as such, I've never been able to earn my own income. Even trying to get SSI is damn near impossible (been trying for YEARS). So the ONLY reason I'm able to have the system that I have is thanks in part to my dad (reused a good chunk of the parts he'd bought for my original 1600 build) as well as some of the money I got from (reluctantly) letting go of his prized Saleen S281 Mustang, two years after he passed away!

You touched a nerve with that comment, and a tender one at that. So if I sound angry, it's because I am. Angry and hurt!
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#241
Why_Me
Gmr_Chick
You can fuck off with that shit, first off. Take a good look at my system specs -- does that sound like I'm "feasting on caviar, lobster and champagne" to you?! I've always had to depend on others due to my visual impairment, and as such, I've never been able to earn my own income. Even trying to get SSI is damn near impossible (been trying for YEARS). So the ONLY reason I'm able to have the system that I have is thanks in part to my dad (reused a good chunk of the parts he'd bought for my original 1600 build) as well as some of the money I got from (reluctantly) letting go of his prized Saleen S281 Mustang, two years after he passed away!

You touched a nerve with that comment, and a tender one at that. So if I sound angry, it's because I am. Angry and hurt!
Those aren't bad specs but that build could have been done a heck of a lot cheaper. Granted prices have changed but that cpu cooler you have goes for $120 on newegg and that asrock board is listed for $200. That's $320 in just the board and cpu cooler alone.
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#242
Gmr_Chick
Why_Me
Those aren't bad specs but that build could have been done a heck of a lot cheaper. Granted prices have changed but that cpu cooler you have goes for $120 on newegg and that asrock board is listed for $200. That's $320 in just the board and cpu cooler alone.
The fuck would you know?! :mad:

The AIO was bought for the heater 10700K I lost interest in (and later sold on Ebay). And I bought the board used from Amazon Warehouse for $150.
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#243
Why_Me
Gmr_Chick
The fuck would you know?! :mad:

The AIO was bought for the heater 10700K I lost interest in (and later sold on Ebay). And I bought the board used from Amazon Warehouse for $150.
Not a fan of the unlocked Intel cpu's tbh. More money for the board & cooling for X amount of FPS hence the reason I push the 10700F and 10400F in builds I do on another site .. although it would be nice to see Intel come out with a i5 11600F.
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#244
Caring1
Why_Me
Not a fan of the unlocked Intel cpu's tbh. More money for the board & cooling for X amount of FPS hence the reason I push the 10700F and 10400F in builds I do on another site .. although it would be nice to see Intel come out with a i5 11600F.
Odd way to say sorry when you generalise and upset someone. :mad:
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#245
Why_Me
Caring1
Odd way to say sorry when you generalise and upset someone. :mad:
Sorry for what?
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#246
Tom Sunday
Why_Me
6The 3600 is going for $220 in the US atm. If only AMD cared about us poors.
Your point is well taken. I am the man on the street and cash is always tight. At least when browsing here on a regular basis I can dream about having deep pockets and delighting in "what if" being rich! Surely there are many here like me living vicariously and then some?
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#247
Vanny
Why_Me
I have to admit I'm a bit shocked at all the contempt shown on here for a company that allows for decent budget minded gaming builds. I imagine those same posters feasting on caviar, lobster and champagne while gaming with their 5800X and $250+ 570 boards.
Lmao what the fuck. Yes I own a yacht because I have a $400 CPU...

Aren't you done trolling yet? Go back to Tom's.
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#248
Why_Me
Alexa
Lmao what the fuck. Yes I own a yacht because I have a $400 CPU...

Aren't you done trolling yet? Go back to Tom's.
Cool your Hunnic warrior blood. Nothing has been posted in this thread that warrants attacks such as that.
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#249
RandallFlagg
Why_Me
Not a fan of the unlocked Intel cpu's tbh. More money for the board & cooling for X amount of FPS hence the reason I push the 10700F and 10400F in builds I do on another site .. although it would be nice to see Intel come out with a i5 11600F.
I still question the use most cite for these new CPUs though. Gaming - people cite this always.

Current pricing puts 3070 at around $1300 USD and the 3080 hitting $2000 USD. To see a difference in gaming between say a 10700 and a 5800X using a game benchmark, you need that 3070 minimum. To notice it in real life you'll need that $2000 3080. If you start comparing say a 10900K to a 5800X, now you really need a 3090 to see the difference beyond a rounding error, and that is running near $3000.

With those prices on new GPUs and word being the prices won't relax for another year there's no reason to buy any new CPU for gaming unless the intention is to shell out thousands for one of those new GPUs. Only if you have another real-world use case that can utilize the CPU does it make any sense at all. Most people don't, and would be a lot better off buying a laptop right now if they are on an old rig and need an upgrade.
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