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

#26
Why_Me
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).
This ^^ .. that's the post of the day (if you're into gaming).
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#27
Bork Bork
Max(IT)
Two wrongs don’t make one right...


You missed the part where 11700K reached 224 W without AVX512...
Considering most tech journos refuse sharing voltages, I find it very hard to go with said benchmarks they provide. Especially if it's a product not yet available to the public. Unless of course you happen to be one of those who consider 5Ghz at 1.6V a good thing? Because I've met a lot of those.
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#28
Dristun
11600KF seems like a decent deal if one can get it at the suggested price. Everything else... meh. Can't isolate all this from the fact that z590 boards are stupid expensive though.
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#29
phanbuey
Why_Me
This ^^ .. that's the post of the day (if you're into gaming).
Even if not gaming... 6C/12T gaming processors do 99% of office and software dev tasks amazingly fast....

Also 10 cores are going for less than $400 in many cases so... not sure I will be buying this at launch.
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#30
GoldenX
5 years waiting for something new after Skylake, and it's the biggest MEH ever.
I hope the GPU reviews of this gen make up for it. Something to force AMD to stop shipping useless Vegas.
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#32
Tom Sunday
Max(IT)
I don’t believe in Alder Lake this year...
Max(IT)
Lets be sure to watch Intel's first quarterly earnings call on April 22, 2021 promptly after close of market. Intel plans to discuss and report its ongoing 2021 strategic plans, first quarter earnings, financial forecasts and particulary its progress on Alder Lake to Wall Street and Intel's important attending institutional investors. I am quite sure that the Intel boys will clearly report the facts as they are for all to see and just perhaps based on the earnings call for many in buying more Intel stock. By then their short-lived Z590 chips have also been on the market and readily for sale and available. Made in factories owned and controlled by Intel, unlike AMD who is now requiring to sub-contract a greater share of their chip production. Curious how that will be playing itself out in the discussions as Wall Street loves guaranteed fabrication, sales and product control.
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#33
billEST
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).
no 11500 : 750 GPU
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#34
Max(IT)
Bork Bork
Considering most tech journos refuse sharing voltages, I find it very hard to go with said benchmarks they provide. Especially if it's a product not yet available to the public. Unless of course you happen to be one of those who consider 5Ghz at 1.6V a good thing? Because I've met a lot of those.
It was Anandtech, quite a reliable source of informations.
And considering the already quite ridiculous 10700K power consumption, I find those data coherent enough.

Intel CPU are a good choice NOW, if you consider Comet Lake, because even if they are not very "energy effective" they have good performance (especially in gaming) and a very good price.
Now Intel is launching a product that is even less effective and at a price matching the already too high AMD price.
Good luck.
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#35
Metroid
2021, 14nm+++++++++++++++++++++, base clock 2.5ghz tdp 60w --> real tdp 150w , boost clock 5.2ghz 120w, real tdp 500 watts.
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#36
billEST
Tom Sunday
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.
you have 2 thunderbolt port .. 100 buck

400 expensive but a very hight motherboard
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#38
billEST
Metroid
2021, 14nm+++++++++++++++++++++, base clock 2.5ghz tdp 60w --> real tdp 150w , boost clock 5.2ghz 120w, real tdp 500 watts.
and its a problem ?

for me intel its 10 to 20 degres less in itx box its not a little thing ....
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#39
Vanny
Metroid
2021, 14nm+++++++++++++++++++++, base clock 2.5ghz tdp 60w --> real tdp 150w , boost clock 5.2ghz 120w, real tdp 500 watts.
Gotta give props to Intel's engineers for managing to keep 14nm relevant, and squeeze 5.2 GHz out of it.

If only they had better management.
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#40
agentnathan009
I think the title should end with "unmatched heat and performance that finally catches up to our main competitor who has innovated and past us by at plaid speed." You want to play games and cook dinner?! Look no further than our hot, hot, hot CPUs that can do it all, dinner and gaming at the same time!
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#41
Vanny
agentnathan009
I think the title should end with "unmatched heat and performance that finally catches up to our main competitor who has innovated and past us by at plaid speed."
AMD needs to innovate once again in the price department...
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#42
agentnathan009
Alexa
AMD needs to innovate once again in the price department...
Intel has charged a premium for premium performance for a number of years, it's AMD's turn to make some extra money like Intel did with a superior product.
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#43
Vanny
agentnathan009
Intel has charged a premium for premium performance for a number of years, it's AMD's turn to make some extra money like Intel did with a superior product.
They better put that quick R&D cash grab to good use for when Alder Lake finally comes around. I like my CPUs cheap.

Not about to pay $300 for a 6 core, or $450 for an 8 core, in 2021. I got my 12 core at $410.
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#44
Bork Bork
Max(IT)
It was Anandtech, quite a reliable source of informations.
And considering the already quite ridiculous 10700K power consumption, I find those data coherent enough.

Intel CPU are a good choice NOW, if you consider Comet Lake, because even if they are not very "energy effective" they have good performance (especially in gaming) and a very good price.
Now Intel is launching a product that is even less effective and at a price matching the already too high AMD price.
Good luck.
I might as well be sitting on my Coffee Lake rig til DDR5 hits mainstream then by that logic. I have money to spend and I will spend. And not cry like every fool who can't get ahold of a GPU right now. My rigs will render frames either way, so now is a good time as any before costs go up again. Not everyone are just buying PC hardware mind you.
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#45
agentnathan009
Alexa
They better put that quick R&D cash grab to good use for when Alder Lake finally comes around. I like my CPUs cheap.

Not about to pay $300 for a 6 core, or $450 for an 8 core, in 2021. I got my 12 core at $410.
They are executing on their roadmaps for Enterprise, desktop, and mobile parts. They are firing on all cylinders, for how long is anyone's guess. If you want cheaper and still capable CPUs you can buy last gen parts. I have a 2600x that is light years better than the Athena core Athlon 435 triple core that was my last rig. I have no doubt that they will allocate the extra money to put towards good use to keep churning out newer and better products. Can you be happy for once for AMD that is like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of a debt ridden and nearly dead state?
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#46
Why_Me
agentnathan009
They are executing on their roadmaps for Enterprise, desktop, and mobile parts. They are firing on all cylinders, for how long is anyone's guess. If you want cheaper and still capable CPUs you can buy last gen parts. I have a 2600x that is light years better than the Athena core Athlon 435 triple core that was my last rig. I have no doubt that they will allocate the extra money to put towards good use to keep churning out newer and better products. Can you be happy for once for AMD that is like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of a debt ridden and nearly dead state?
AMD cpu's are expensive. Poor people such as myself who don't use cpu intensive programs want more for their money.
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#47
Vanny
agentnathan009
They are executing on their roadmaps for Enterprise, desktop, and mobile parts. They are firing on all cylinders, for how long is anyone's guess. If you want cheaper and still capable CPUs you can buy last gen parts. I have a 2600x that is light years better than the Athena core Athlon 435 triple core that was my last rig. I have no doubt that they will allocate the extra money to put towards good use to keep churning out newer and better products. Can you be happy for once for AMD that is like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of a debt ridden and nearly dead state?
Who said I wasn't happy for AMD? If it weren't for them I wouldn't have a CPU with more than 4 cores right now. There would be no i5s with 6 cores right now. Considering they're fighting both Intel and NVIDIA and managing some of the greatest performance leaps in both departments is commendable enough.

I can't help but root for Intel to have something good again at the moment. I want competition not monopolies.

I'm not on team red, I'm not on team blue -- I'm on team price to performance. When I got my chip, AMD was the king in that regard.
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#48
agentnathan009
Why_Me
AMD cpu's are expensive. Poor people such as myself who don't use cpu intensive programs want more for their money.
Who doesn't want more for their money? Innovating and designing CPUs isn't the easiest task in the world and as transistors get smaller and smaller the cost goes up for the manufacturing equipment to make those itty bitty transistors. Cost will naturally increase as well to cover the R&D and manufacturing costs until someone discovers a break through that changes how we do CPUs and lowers the costs to develop ever more powerful processing units. Also, with the imminent release of of Rocket Lake chips, there could be enough competitiveness that AMD may lower their prices to keep selling their chips as fast as they can make them.

www.extremetech.com/computing/272096-3nm-process-node
Alexa
Who said I wasn't happy for AMD? If it weren't for them I wouldn't have a CPU with more than 4 cores right now. There would be no i5s with 6 cores right now. Considering they're fighting both Intel and NVIDIA and managing some of the greatest performance leaps in both departments is commendable enough.

I can't help but root for Intel to have something good again at the moment. I want competition not monopolies.

I'm not on team red, I'm not on team blue -- I'm on team price to performance. When I got my chip, AMD was the king in that regard.
If you don't like monopolies then you need to suck it up and buy AMD at the prices they are asking as they are far behind overtaking the Intelopoly. To buy Intel at the moment is supporting a monopoly, though a weakening one.
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#49
Why_Me
agentnathan009
Who doesn't want more for their money? Innovating and designing CPUs isn't the easiest task in the world and as transistors get smaller and smaller the cost goes up for the manufacturing equipment to make those itty bitty transistors. Cost will naturally increase as well to cover the R&D and manufacturing costs until someone discovers a break through that changes how we do CPUs and lowers the costs to develop ever more powerful processing units. Also, with the imminent release of of Rocket Lake chips, there could be enough competitiveness that AMD may lower their prices to keep selling their chips as fast as they can make them.

www.extremetech.com/computing/272096-3nm-process-node


If you don't like monopolies then you need to suck it up and buy AMD at the prices they are asking as they are far behind overtaking the Intelopoly. To buy Intel at the moment is supporting a monopoly, though a weakening one.
Unlike AMD, Intel obviously cares about the poor people who want a decent gaming cpu at an affordable price.
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#50
Vanny
agentnathan009
buy AMD at the prices they are asking
Yeah no thanks
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