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

#201
Gmr_Chick
Why_Me
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.
I suggest you take a good long look in the mirror, then. Because if your delusional posts have stated anything, it's that you're an Intel fanboy. Worse than that, you're a DELUSIONAL Intel fanboy. Like, you can't even accept the facts that numerous people here have blatantly stated -- multiple times -- and see the writing on the damn wall! I mean shit, there are people here who prefer Intel over AMD, sure, but they actually have a lick of sense and admit that Intel has been releasing crap lately. You don't see them living in a fantasy world like you clearly are.
Why_Me
Meanwhile there's a reason Intel puts out locked and unlocked cpu's. Unlocked ones are for the small minority who don't mind paying more for cooling along with a board with heftier VRM's for that small gain it brings. The rest of us look at the benchmarks along with the savings and thank ourselves for going with the locked cpu.
Or, ya know, rather than this locked/unlocked BS, if Intel really gave two shits about the "poor" PC gamer, they'd be more like Ryzen (or hell, going even further back, the FX series) and have fully unlocked chips up and down the stack, thereby giving the end user the freedom to OC the chip or simply leave it stock - say the user is wanting to learn about OCing and wants to try overclocking -- they can do that on the Ryzen, without the need for a K series SKU from Intel or a Z series board (within reason of course. Don't want to be OCing an R9 level CPU on a B450 or gods forbid an A520, lol).
Why_Me
Let's cut the crap shall we. Anyone who thinks the 5600X is a better option for the money vs the i7 10700F in regards to gaming needs to get a reality check.
Yes, let's cut the crap. It's YOU that needs the reality check.
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#202
Why_Me
Gmr_Chick
I suggest you take a good long look in the mirror, then. Because if your delusional posts have stated anything, it's that you're an Intel fanboy. Worse than that, you're a DELUSIONAL Intel fanboy. Like, you can't even accept the facts that numerous people here have blatantly stated -- multiple times -- and see the writing on the damn wall! I mean shit, there are people here who prefer Intel over AMD, sure, but they actually have a lick of sense and admit that Intel has been releasing crap lately. You don't see them living in a fantasy world like you clearly are.



Or, ya know, rather than this locked/unlocked BS, if Intel really gave two shits about the "poor" PC gamer, they'd be more like Ryzen (or hell, going even further back, the FX series) and have fully unlocked chips up and down the stack, thereby giving the end user the freedom to OC the chip or simply leave it stock - say the user is wanting to learn about OCing and wants to try overclocking -- they can do that on the Ryzen, without the need for a K series SKU from Intel or a Z series board (within reason of course. Don't want to be OCing an R9 level CPU on a B450 or gods forbid an A520, lol).



Yes, let's cut the crap. It's YOU that needs the reality check.
I posted links along with benchmarks and prices. I realize it might be difficult for some to swallow but the fact of the matter is Intel is the better deal atm in regards to gaming builds. As far as locked cpu's vs unlocked .. nobody has a gun held to their head forcing them to choose one over the other. Like I've posted before, OC as far as Intel builds are concerned is going the way of the manual transmission. It's more of a hobbyist thing anymore.
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#204
Caring1
oxrufiioxo
Not sure if anyone's posted this


Twice now, that I have seen
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#205
Super XP
Should I mention this again? Intel is in Big Trouble? This is an opportunity for AMD once again to plough into the market place and gain lots more market share as they deserve.
Reward those that step up with real tech innovations and organic improvements.

And to all the So Called Intel Fanboys, AMD went through this long phase with its Bulldozer Design, all while building ZEN in the backend quietly. Competition is a good thing and its great to see a much smaller AMD company pounding in the flesh of a much larger Intel company, that hasn't played very nice for 25+ years now.
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#206
oxrufiioxo
Caring1
Twice now, that I have seen
Working so didn't have time to check.... watched it on my lunch found it interesting/disappointing

Mildly impressed by what intel is getting out of 14nm but beyond that hopefully alderlake is good.
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#207
mouacyk
4th iteration of 14nm producing 8-cores/16-threads that overclocks to 5.2GHz/5.3GHz on Coffee Lake was awesome. That was a worthwhile ROI on the node. But 5th and 6th iterations without any significant returns -- 19% IPC uplift in specific scenarios and more like 1-5% IPC in general use? That's just stale business -- it's a thing. If only they would have poured their billions into going beyond 14nm, the IPC ROI would have been closer to 75-100% at 7nm.
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#208
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
Sorry for the Tom’s but good chart.
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#209
Vanny
INSTG8R
Sorry for the Tom’s but good chart.

*pats 3900X* it's okay, you're good enough
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#210
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
Alexa
*pats 3900X* it's okay, you're good enough
Liked seeing my 5600X punching hard near the top :rockout:
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#211
Vanny
I'll be holding onto my baby until DDR5 matures lol
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#212
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
Alexa
I'll be holding onto my baby until DDR5 matures lol
Well I built this rig with Zen 3 as my "endgame" and had a 3700X as a "placeholder" actually I was only gonna grab a 3600X but they weren't in stock. My rig is just missing my RNDA2 card and it's finished and I will join you waiting for AM5/DDR5 or whatever ends up being the next "leap"
I mean my previous rig was a 4790K I ran from shortly after it was released until I to start building this one late last summer. I will be satisfied with it for at least a few years if need be.
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#213
Why_Me
Super XP
Should I mention this again? Intel is in Big Trouble? This is an opportunity for AMD once again to plough into the market place and gain lots more market share as they deserve.
Reward those that step up with real tech innovations and organic improvements.

And to all the So Called Intel Fanboys, AMD went through this long phase with its Bulldozer Design, all while building ZEN in the backend quietly. Competition is a good thing and its great to see a much smaller AMD company pounding in the flesh of a much larger Intel company, that hasn't played very nice for 25+ years now.
As far as gaming builds go ...

Budget build: i5 10400F ($150 @ Amazon) w/3200Mhz RAM + B560 board
Mid range build: i7 10700F ($269 @ Amazon) w/3200Mhz RAM + B560 board
High end build: Ryzen 7 5800X ($450 @ Amazon) w/3600Mhz RAM + 570 board

and officially out of the running ...

www.amazon.com/AMD-Ryzen-3600-12-Thread-Processor/dp/B07STGGQ18
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 $226.99
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#214
oxrufiioxo
Why_Me
As far as gaming builds go ...

Budget build: i5 10400F ($150 @ Amazon) w/3200Mhz RAM + B560 board
Mid range build: i7 10700F ($269 @ Amazon) w/3200Mhz RAM + B560 board
High end build: Ryzen 7 5800X ($450 @ Amazon) w/3600Mhz RAM + 570 board

and officially out of the running ...

www.amazon.com/AMD-Ryzen-3600-12-Thread-Processor/dp/B07STGGQ18
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 $226.99
Neither of the intel cpus are even in the top 20 on amazon so the majority of buyers disagree

www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Computers-Accessories-Computer-CPU-Processors/zgbs/pc/229189


On newegg 18th is a little better I guess

www.newegg.com/d/Best-Sellers/Processors-Desktops/s/ID-343/Page-2
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#216
oxrufiioxo
Why_Me
So what would be your choice(s) for budget build, mid range build and high end build RE gaming builds?
The best CPU you can afford is what's best.... Without sacrificing your gpu's budget. I buy cpu just for fun to test them out so I'm not the best person to ask lol.. Although I have plenty of experience with 10th gen intel and Ryzen 3000/5000 I personally wouldn't use anything less than my 5800X for myself and plan on swapping it for a 5950X

one person might go with the R5 3600 at $199 over a 10400F $150 for the superior upgrade path.... Another might need to budget that 50 for an SSD/better PSU etc

Personally the best CPU right now to buy is the 10600k once tweaked it offers 10900k gaming performance in most games and can offer much better productivity performance than the 10400 anyone that needs anything better than that can easily figure out what cpu is best for them. Translates to up to 20% better gaming performance and up to 30% better productivity performance vs the 10400 once tweaked.

Although being real the best value for a gaming system right now is either prebuilt or consoles anyone looking to game in 2021 should ignore the diy market unless you already have a gpu. At a min people should be waiting for lower tier rocket lake reviews for any final judgment although after seeing the 11700k review I'm not overly optimistic a 4-4.4ghz all core rocket lake chip is going to be worth it over a 5ghz 10600k which isn't that hard to cool for gaming.
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#217
Why_Me
oxrufiioxo
The best CPU you can afford is what's best.... Without sacrificing your gpu's budget. I buy cpu just for fun to test them out so I'm not the best person to ask lol.. Although I have plenty of experience with 10th gen intel and Ryzen 3000/5000 I personally wouldn't use anything less than my 5800X for myself and plan on swapping it for a 5950X

one person might go with the R5 3600 at $199 over a 10400F $150 for the superior upgrade path.... Another might need to budget that 50 for an SSD/better PSU etc

Personally the best CPU right now to buy is the 10600k once tweaked it offers 10900k gaming performance in most games and can offer much better productivity performance than the 10400 anyone that needs anything better than that can easily figure out what cpu is best for them. Translates to up to 20% better gaming performance and up to 30% better productivity performance vs the 10400 once tweaked.

Although being real the best value for a gaming system right now is either prebuilt or consoles anyone looking to game in 2021 should ignore the diy market unless you already have a gpu. At a min people should be waiting for lower tier rocket lake reviews for any final judgment although after seeing the 11700k review I'm not overly optimistic a 4-4.4ghz all core rocket lake chip is going to be worth it over a 5ghz 10600k which isn't that hard to cool for gaming.
It's been almost a month since I've seen the 3600 go for as low as $200. It's sitting at $219 on Newegg atm.
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#218
oxrufiioxo
Why_Me
It's been almost a month since I've seen the 3600 go for as low as $200. It's sitting at $219 on Newegg atm.
Yes, but me and many others can stills get them at our local microcenters for 199..... people should be looking at the 10600k anyway.
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#219
mouacyk
oxrufiioxo
Yes, but me and many others can stills get them at our local microcenters for 199..... people should be looking at the 10600k anyway.
PCI-E 3.0 and dead platform?
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#220
Why_Me
mouacyk
PCI-E 3.0 and dead platform?
DDR5 is right around the corner which means new boards, cpu's and RAM. With that said it's going to be a few years imo before the prices of DDR5 are reasonable. Seeing how a lot of gamers rebuild every 4 - 5 years on average if I had to guess, no reason not to go with comet lake or rocket lake for the time being if someone is needing a new build.
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#221
oxrufiioxo
mouacyk
PCI-E 3.0 and dead platform?
Gen 3 is fine for both storage and gpu at the mid to low end for at least another generation of gpu....... Anyone struggling to fit a 200-300 CPU in their budget doesn't really care about 500+ gpus and 200+ SSD. It's not like anyone building a system is going to be able to get a decent gpu for another year anyway and if you don't currently have one the Ryzen chips and F Class intel chips are just paperweights.
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#222
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
mouacyk
PCI-E 3.0 and dead platform?
There’s still almost no scenario where it’s fully saturated...but carry on...
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#223
Gmr_Chick
oxrufiioxo
The best CPU you can afford is what's best.... Without sacrificing your gpu's budget. I buy cpu just for fun to test them out so I'm not the best person to ask lol.. Although I have plenty of experience with 10th gen intel and Ryzen 3000/5000 I personally wouldn't use anything less than my 5800X for myself and plan on swapping it for a 5950X

one person might go with the R5 3600 at $199 over a 10400F $150 for the superior upgrade path.... Another might need to budget that 50 for an SSD/better PSU etc
Me to a T lol :D

Also, @Why_Me, I got my R5 3600 from Newegg for $200. They frequently offer $5 off promo codes for them.
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#224
Tom Sunday
MxPhenom 216
You can also get a 11700k for $400...Another 8/16 core unlocked chip...Won't miss anything, but a couple more GHz boost...
Yes you are correct and it will be a better buy. Let's see what Intel has to say in their next earnings call onThursday, April 22, 2021 in front of their institutional investors. With the Alder Lake product just ahead many see little or no headwinds for Intel. Maybe I will put my 2020 AMD stock 'windfall' into Intel this time and wait for their fourth quarter? Amazing how the world turns. But we all know that Wall Street has no memory of its former darlings and cash is king.
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#225
Super XP
INSTG8R
Well I built this rig with Zen 3 as my "endgame" and had a 3700X as a "placeholder" actually I was only gonna grab a 3600X but they weren't in stock. My rig is just missing my RNDA2 card and it's finished and I will join you waiting for AM5/DDR5 or whatever ends up being the next "leap"
I mean my previous rig was a 4790K I ran from shortly after it was released until I to start building this one late last summer. I will be satisfied with it for at least a few years if need be.
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.
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