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

#76
Vanny
Mine was also a major waste but I'm not complaining lol
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#77
Caring1
Gotta love the usual waver in the release: Reaching speeds of up to 5.30 GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost
In other words it's crap without it, and only lasts a few seconds at best.
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#78
Mussels
Moderprator
Caring1
Gotta love the usual waver in the release: Reaching speeds of up to 5.30 GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost
In other words it's crap without it, and only lasts a few seconds at best.
wow its like me in the bedroom
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#79
MikeSnow
Mussels
especially when the 5800x is the gaming performance king, it's allowed to be worse in price: performance for its niche status
And being currently available here in Romania at $411 + VAT. So about 10% under the MSRP. I wish the GPU world was like this.
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#80
Turmania
I will wait for reviews especially non k versions before giving my final judgement. I believe AMD will lead in performance per watt however there are many other equations such as total price of a new system and softwate/ bios reliability which I believe Intel would be miles ahead.
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#81
Makaveli
Why_Me
I admire value and the fact Intel allows us poors to build a solid gaming rig for cheaper than what AMD allows. That and I'm all for plug & play builds these days. If you look at the System Builders Advice forum on here there's a couple of threads that are two and three pages deep on what RAM to get for an AMD build. I see that and all I can think is 'wtf'.
If you look at the history of both companies in the last 30 years. Intel has held higher prices, AMD is the reason you are getting discounted pricing on Intel products now and the only reason. Then your point about not knowing what ram to get based on a couple forum pages just shows your inexperience in building computers. Stick to QVL for the motherboard you are getting then speed and latency based on your budget.

This story that you are trying to project that intel is for the poors is laughable at best.
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#82
oxrufiioxo
Everything up to the 11600KF looks pretty decent..... The 2 8 core chips look meh as F^%& though. I will wait for reviews like everyone should for final judgment.

All the poor people should be thanking AMD for being able to buy intel chips for a good price. :laugh: That's the biggest conclusion I came up with reading this thread Intel is now for poor people... Unless you want a decent Z590 board cuz those start around 300 :laugh:
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#83
Why_Me
Makaveli
If you look at the history of both companies in the last 30 years. Intel has held higher prices, AMD is the reason you are getting discounted pricing on Intel products now and the only reason. Then your point about not knowing what ram to get based on a couple forum pages just shows your inexperience in building computers. Stick to QVL for the motherboard you are getting then speed and latency based on your budget.

This story that you are trying to project that intel is for the poors is laughable at best.
You do math? Well then figure out what numbers are bigger. AMD continues their war on poors. =/

www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-10400f-core-i5-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118132
Intel Core i5-10400F $150.99

www.newegg.com/amd-ryzen-5-3600/p/N82E16819113569
AMD RYZEN 5 3600 $218.99

www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-10400f-s-1200-comet-lake-6-cores-12-threads-29ghz-43ghz-turbo-12mb-cache-65w
Intel Core i5 10400F £124.99

www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-11400f-s-1200-rocket-lake-6-cores-12-threads-26ghz-44ghz-turbo-12mb-cache-65w-retail
Intel Core i5 11400F £149.99

www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-ryzen-5-3600-am4-zen-2-6-core-12-thread-36ghz-42ghz-turbo-32mb-l3-pcie-40-65w-with-wraith-stealt
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 £184.99 (Was: £189.98 TODAY ONLY DEAL)
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#84
Gmr_Chick
^ you poor, sweet summer child...
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#85
Vanny
Only reason why Intel is the budget option now is because of AMD, why are you not understanding this simple fact.
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#86
Why_Me
Alexa
Only reason why Intel is the budget option now is because of AMD, why are you not understanding this simple fact.
Well duh. When AMD charges more for their cpu's than Intel of course they're making Intel the budget option.
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#87
Gmr_Chick
That wasn't the point @Alexa was trying to make.... :rolleyes:
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#88
Why_Me
Gmr_Chick
That wasn't the point @Alexa was trying to make.... :rolleyes:
Alexa deserved that reply for throwing me a low hanging curveball.
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#89
Vanny
Why_Me
Well duh. When AMD charges more for their cpu's than Intel of course they're making Intel the budget option.
You know, this entire thread I was pretty short-sighted. Yes AMD did increase prices, but I actually shouldn't and don't mind the price bumps considering the performance improvements of Zen 3. Intel did price bumps during the entirety of Skylake for single digit IPC improvements, if any.

Now they're on the defensive -- lowering prices so people will go and buy their CPUs instead, which in itself is not a bad thing. Lower prices is good for our wallets. I now wish Alder Lake would be good so AMD can do the same. Processors from both sides are more than enough to accomplish every task you need them to.

But saying that Intel is for the poor is... factually incorrect. They weren't up until Zen 3 appeared. Going by your logic, you're going to be yapping about how Intel is suddenly "declaring war on poor people" when they get the upper hand, increase prices, and AMD is forced to lower prices until they cook something up that can fight back.
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#90
oxrufiioxo
Why_Me
Alexa deserved that reply for throwing me a low hanging curveball.
Come on man you seem like a smart enough dude..... The 10400F started life as a terrible value vs the 3600 on top of being locked into a z490 board for maximum performance vs only needing B450 with the 3600. Demand is dictating current pricing and even at its inflated price people rather purchase the 3600....

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#91
Mussels
Moderprator
Intel dropped their prices because the products were inferior

Yes, that 10400F might be cheap... but whats a board cost that doesnt lock your ram speeds down, vs any old B450 board that can run any ryzen?
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#92
Why_Me
Alexa
You know, this entire thread I was pretty short-sighted. Yes AMD did increase prices, but I actually shouldn't and don't mind the price bumps considering the performance improvements of Zen 3. Intel did price bumps during the entirety of Skylake for single digit IPC improvements, if any.

Now they're on the defensive -- lowering prices so people will go and buy their CPUs instead, which in itself is not a bad thing. Lower prices is good for our wallets. I now wish Alder Lake would be good so AMD can do the same. Processors from both sides are more than enough to accomplish every task you need them to.

But saying that Intel is for the poor is... factually incorrect. They weren't up until Zen 3 appeared. Going by your logic, you're going to be yapping about how Intel is suddenly "declaring war on poor people" when they get the upper hand, increase prices, and AMD is forced to lower prices until they cook something up that can fight back.
The fact of the matter is Intel has the manufacturing and distributing power to lower their prices on the Rocket Lake cpu's thus putting the screws to AMD even more so. The only thing holding Intel back is the fact there isn't any gpu's to be had for new builds. If Intel was on it they'd offer the chance to purchase one of these cards with the purchase of any i5 on up socket 1200 cpu and drive AMD right into the ground.

www.techpowerup.com/279731/intel-xe-hpg-graphics-card-could-compete-with-big-navi-ampere

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#93
Makaveli
Why_Me
You do math? Well then figure out what numbers are bigger. AMD continues their war on poors. =/

www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-10400f-core-i5-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118132
Intel Core i5-10400F $150.99

www.newegg.com/amd-ryzen-5-3600/p/N82E16819113569
AMD RYZEN 5 3600 $218.99

www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-10400f-s-1200-comet-lake-6-cores-12-threads-29ghz-43ghz-turbo-12mb-cache-65w
Intel Core i5 10400F £124.99

www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-11400f-s-1200-rocket-lake-6-cores-12-threads-26ghz-44ghz-turbo-12mb-cache-65w-retail
Intel Core i5 11400F £149.99

www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-ryzen-5-3600-am4-zen-2-6-core-12-thread-36ghz-42ghz-turbo-32mb-l3-pcie-40-65w-with-wraith-stealt
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 £184.99 (Was: £189.98 TODAY ONLY DEAL)
I don't need to do the math you are being deliberately obtuse.

When company A has a higher performing product than company B they will price it as such. There is also supply and demand in the market which affects pricing. Intel like AMD are both publicly traded companies, they cannot offer products that are superior for cheap prices, they have shareholders to answer to not just you a consumer buying the products. They can get sued by their investors which can also tank share prices this game is bigger than you trying to save $40 bucks.

When intel has a superior product you can be sure they will price it as such, and your Intel for the poors argument goes out the window. I don't think you understand how any of this works and maybe time for a new hobby? A PS5 will be much cheaper and fit your budget.
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#94
Why_Me
Mussels
Intel dropped their prices because the products were inferior

Yes, that 10400F might be cheap... but whats a board cost that doesnt lock your ram speeds down, vs any old B450 board that can run any ryzen?
Not only do the new B560 boards support 3200MHz RAM but they also allow for memory OC.

www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007627 601360973 <--- a few of those boards are already starting to show up on US sites.
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#95
oxrufiioxo
Why_Me
Not only does the new B560 boards support 3200MHz RAM but they also allow for memory OC.

www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007627 601360973 <--- a few of those boards are already starting to show up on US sites.
You do realize this is only because Ryzen has been pimp slapping intel in the diy market right........ Ryzen has had memory overclocking on its B boards since 2017..... Took intel over 4 years to join the party....
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#96
Why_Me
oxrufiioxo
You do realize this is only because Ryzen has been pimp slapping intel in the diy market right........ Ryzen has had memory overclocking on its B boards since 2017..... Took intel over 4 years to join the party....
And I can remember back when Intel came up with the Core 2 Duo which was the biggest thing since the invention of sliced bread for the average Joe who wanted to OC their cpu without having to first become a rocket scientist. Back to the present ... if you want a budget to mid-range gaming build then there's no reason to go with AMD atm unless you want less performance for your money.
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#97
Zotz
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Where "unmatched" means what any reader would expect: slightly better in a couple of cases while drawing twice the power.
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#98
Vanny
Why_Me
The fact of the matter is Intel has the manufacturing and distributing power to lower their prices on the Rocket Lake cpu's thus putting the screws to AMD even more so. The only thing holding Intel back is the fact there isn't any gpu's to be had for new builds. If Intel was on it they'd offer the chance to purchase one of these cards with the purchase of any i5 on up socket 1200 cpu and drive AMD right into the ground.

www.techpowerup.com/279731/intel-xe-hpg-graphics-card-could-compete-with-big-navi-ampere


I'll be waiting for your posts bashing Intel for jacking up prices, and when AMD is suddenly the "good guy" again.
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#99
Zotz
Why_Me
And I can remember back when Intel came up with the Core 2 Duo which was the biggest thing since the invention of sliced bread for the average Joe who wanted to OC their cpu without having to first become a rocket scientist. Back to the present ... if you want a budget to mid-range gaming build then there's no reason to go with AMD atm unless you want less performance for your money.
That budget to mid-range build better have high-end cooling.
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#100
Why_Me
Alexa
I'll be waiting for your posts bashing Intel for jacking up prices, and when AMD is suddenly the "good guy" again.
Back in the day .. 12 - 15 years ago if I had to guess, I used to post builds on a site called Tomshardware. I didn't become prejudiced until I started to get fed up with the AMD fanbois on there .. and it wasn't only there but another site called Guru3d. Ever since AMD got the drop on Intel they've become only worse.
Zotz
That budget to mid-range build better have high-end cooling.
Tell me please how much cooling these cpu's require. OC is going the way of the manual transmission. It's for hobbyist and peeps who don't mind spending more on cooling for a few more FPS.

www.anandtech.com/show/16343/intel-core-i710700-vs-core-i710700k-review-is-65w-comet-lake-an-option

www.techpowerup.com/review/intel-core-i5-10400f/
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