Intel Core i9-11900K, Core i5-11600K, and Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero Evaluate

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Intel must launch a brand new technology of CPUs once in a while, in order that PC producers have greater numbers to advertise and consumers really feel as if they’re getting one thing higher and quicker. After all, as consumers, it is good to get all the most recent requirements and the absolute best efficiency at each value degree, however the easy truth is that older {hardware} could be very typically ok, and only a few individuals really have to improve yearly. One other problem for Intel is that its manufacturing efforts have suffered just a few setbacks over the previous a number of years – we have been imagined to be nicely past the 10nm node by now, however the firm remains to be unable to serve all its market segments with 10nm elements.

It has been almost six years since Intel first introduced that we’d not see 10nm desktop CPUs on schedule in 2016, and that as a substitute, the earlier Skylake structure on the 14nm manufacturing course of can be improved and stored in use. Till now, Intel has repeated the method annually, delivering stable enhancements by tweaking the identical previous structure.

Restricted 10nm manufacturing capability has properly been allotted to the laptop computer section the place energy effectivity and chip density are way more vital, however Intel sadly tied its chip designs to a specific manufacturing node. That has meant a cut up technique, the place laptops have benefited from new options with extra fashionable architectures on the 10nm node, whereas desktops have lagged considerably, caught with derivatives of the identical previous 14nm design, but each have been marketed as the identical technology of chips. Intel is hoping to bridge that hole with the 11th Gen ‘Rocket Lake’ desktop household, with one very attention-grabbing trick.

The various derivatives of Skylake have lastly been laid to relaxation, however we’re giving 14nm one final hurrah with a backported model of the 10nm ‘Ice Lake’ structure which served the earlier technology of laptops. What Intel has finished is actually transpose a extra fashionable structure onto an older manufacturing course of – an enormous enterprise, however one which it hopes will repay.

It is a brief time period aim, since native 10nm 12th Gen desktop ‘Alder Lake’ CPUs have already been confirmed for a late 2021 launch. On the finish of the day, although, it is all about efficiency, as indicated by mannequin numbers – most customers do not care concerning the structure inside their CPUs, a lot much less the trivia of how they’re manufactured. Should you do need to know all the small print although, we have got you coated. On this evaluation, we’ll see whether or not Intel’s uncommon manoeuvre has paid off, and whether or not there are any surprises that you simply want to pay attention to.

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14nm ‘Rocket Lake’ CPUs are derived from the 10nm ‘Sunny Cove’ core structure with built-in Xe-LP graphics


Intel ‘Rocket Lake’ 11th Gen Core structure and platform

Intel now makes use of totally different codenames for its CPUs and the structure of the cores inside them, so we’ve ‘Rocket Lake’, the 11th Gen desktop household, primarily based on ‘Sunny Cove’ cores (now named ‘Cypress Cove’). Should you’ve been following product roadmaps, you may recognise Sunny Cove from the tenth Gen ‘Ice Lake’ laptop computer processor household in addition to the hybrid ‘Lakefield’ CPU proven off final yr. Which means there is a important distinction between the 11th Gen ‘Rocket Lake’ desktop and ‘Tiger Lake’ laptop computer CPU households.

This CPU core structure marks a break from the previous a number of years of refreshes, so 11th Gen desktop Core CPUs acquire just a few options which have already debuted on laptops, most notably AI and neural community acceleration. (So as to add to any potential confusion, there at the moment are additionally 11th Gen desktop ‘Tiger Lake’ CPUs, though these are more likely to be discovered solely in OEM programs since they’re designed to be soldered to motherboards and never bought as modular socketed CPUs).

Together with these CPU cores, most Rocket Lake CPUs even have built-in Intel Xe-LP graphics, which you may recognise from the 11th Gen ‘Tiger Lake’ laptop computer household. Solely fashions with an -F suffix shouldn’t have built-in graphics capabilities. Should you select a type of fashions you may additionally miss out on up to date video encoding and decoding {hardware}.

Intel has simply gone with its previous UHD Graphics tag slightly than enjoying up the Xe title, which tells you to not get too excited. That is in all probability as a result of Intel has in the reduction of on the variety of graphics execution models in comparison with Tiger Lake CPUs. This would possibly not be an issue for most individuals, since high-end PCs with CPUs like this normally have discrete graphics playing cards, however a giant leap in built-in graphics energy would have been good, particularly with graphics playing cards so scarce lately and costs capturing by the roof.

Regardless of the numerous distinction in architectures between 10th and 11th Gen desktop Core CPUs, Rocket Lake is suitable with most previous-gen 400-series motherboards, and older CPUs will work on new boards with 500-series chipsets as nicely. Intel surprisingly managed to implement its backported structure to make use of the identical socket as final yr’s CPUs, however you do not get all the advantages of the platform until each CPU and motherboard are new. After all you may need to test precise particulars of required BIOS updates and assist together with your motherboard vendor when you’re planning a drop-in improve.

Platform-level options embody 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, further bandwidth between the CPU and platform controller, assist for as much as DDR4-3200 RAM, and native USB 3.2×2 (20Gbps). Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6E, and a pair of.5Gbit Ethernet might be added by motherboard OEMs. Reminiscence overclocking is now supported on mid-range 500-series chipsets, not simply the top-end Z590.

Having extra, quicker PCIe lanes means you can run a graphics card at x16 in addition to an SSD at x4 concurrently. There are nonetheless 24 further PCIe 3.0 lanes originating from the platform controller. It is going to be as much as motherboard makers to allocate lanes between slots and different onboard {hardware}, and to determine what to let customers configure.

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eleventh Gen desktop Core CPUs use the identical LGA-1200 socket because the earlier technology


Intel ‘Rocket Lake’ 11th Gen specs and options

As of launch time, there are solely Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 fashions within the Rocket Lake household. The marketplace for lower-end Core i3 and Pentium CPUs will likely be served by refreshed 10th Gen fashions, at the least for now. The lineup consists of low-TDP fashions with the -T suffix, overclockable unlocked -Ok fashions, and -F fashions with out built-in graphics. There are additionally just a few new variations when it comes to differentiation between these product tiers that you need to learn about.

Core i5 fashions all have six cores and 12 threads, and Core i7 fashions all have 8 cores and 16 threads. Most curiously, Core i9 fashions shouldn’t have extra cores – this technology tops out at eight. This may appear to be an enormous regression, contemplating that the tenth Gen ‘Comet Lake’ Core i9-10900K had 10 cores. It is also a daring transfer since prime competitor AMD has provided shopper CPUs with 12 and 16 cores for almost two years now, and shoppers positively do have a look at this as a measure of efficiency.

Intel acknowledges that it is a potential weak spot when it comes to advertising, and that in actual fact the previous-gen flagship may outperform the brand new one in workloads which are closely multi-threaded. Nonetheless, the corporate says that is balanced by Rocket Lake’s general efficiency uplift, which is claimed to be within the area of 19 % when it comes to directions per clock, plus the brand new built-in graphics and the platform-level enhancements. It is not clear precisely why Intel determined to danger being perceived as regressing – it may must do with die house, value, warmth and energy budgets, increase frequency targets, or manufacturing efficiencies.

So with equivalent core counts, how are the Core i9 and Core i7 tiers differentiated? One issue is a flowery retail field for the Core i9. Extra importantly, there’s reminiscence velocity – all fashions are rated to assist DDR4-3200 RAM, however solely the Core i9 can achieve this at 1:1 reminiscence timing, whereas others prime out at DDR4-2933 formally, or DDR4-3200 at 2:1. Apparently the Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero motherboard used for this evaluation claims to assist overclocking as much as DDR4-5333, so this limitation is clearly extra of a suggestion.

The opposite large differentiator is Intel’s Thermal Velocity Enhance function, which is unique to the Core i9 tier. As its title suggests, that is primarily an opportunistic technique to increase clock speeds past even the Turbo Enhance score for a brief time frame if energy and thermal circumstances permit for it.

This implies there at the moment are multiply frequency ranges in play – the Core i9-11900K has a base frequency of three.5GHz, after which Intel’s longstanding Turbo Enhance function will permit all eight cores to go as much as 4.7GHz or commerce off in order that two cores go as much as 5.1GHz when wanted. On prime of that, Turbo Enhance Max 3.0 permits two “favoured cores”, those which are discovered to be most effective, to go as much as 5.2GHz. On prime of all that, Thermal Velocity Enhance (TVB) permits one or two cores to go as much as 5.3GHz on demand so long as your cooler can hold the CPU beneath a sure temperature threshold. And as if all that wasn’t sufficient, Intel’s new Adaptive Enhance Know-how (ABT) works counter to TVB, bumping up the opposite six cores to as a lot as 5.1GHz (the two-core Turbo Enhance restrict) when it makes extra sense to have all cores operating barely slower versus two cores operating quite a bit quicker.

It might get fairly complicated, and it actually simply exhibits that clock velocity is not a single quantity and may’t simply be used to match one processor towards one other from a special tier, technology, or producer. The truth is, a number of assessments of the identical CPU below totally different circumstances may also produce totally different outcomes – your motherboard, energy provide, cooler, case, and even ambient circumstances will have an effect on when these increase targets are reached and the way lengthy they are often sustained. To simplify all of it, “basic” Turbo Enhance is what your CPU ought to be able to on a regular basis, whereas TVB and ABT will permit energy customers to profit from high-end cooling {hardware}. Intel has additionally said that ABT doesn’t violate your guarantee because it an marketed function and never thought-about overclocking.

Our Core i5-11600K is quite a bit less complicated – it has a 3.9GHz base velocity and 4.9GHz Turbo Enhance velocity. It doesn’t get Turbo Enhance Max 3.0, TVB, or ABT. The -Ok suffix means it’s overclockable similar to its sibling. Each CPUs have 125W TDP rankings, and neither comes with a inventory cooler within the retail field.

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Intel has added PCIe 4.0 assist plus a number of up to date platform-level IO requirements


Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero specs and options

Should you’re going all out on a Core i9-11900K, you may need an ultra-premium motherboard to go along with it. The Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero is likely one of the top-end ATX gaming motherboards from Asus this technology. It has loads of bells and whistles, as you may count on given its road value of roughly Rs. 45,500. It’s in fact primarily based on the Intel Z590 platform which was launched particularly to let consumers benefit from the incremental updates that Rocket Lake provides over Comet Lake.

Key options embody high-end energy circuitry with 14+2 levels and Japanese capacitors; large heatsinks overlaying the facility parts, M.2 slots and chipset itself; twin Thunderbolt 4 ports plus a USB 3.2×2 header; and naturally aggressive styling with RGB LEDs. Asus claims that this board helps reminiscence overclocking as much as DDR4-5333.

This motherboard appears to be like suitably costly, with almost all-black parts and chunky matte metallic heatsinks that really feel stable. The RGB LED lighting is comparatively delicate and is contained to 2 zones: the heatsinks across the CPU socket, and the heatsink over the platform controller. Fortunately Asus has ditched its cringey “cybertext” graffiti-like sample.

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The Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero has a superb structure with 4 M.2 slots hid beneath the heatsinks


There’s ample clearance across the CPU socket for all however the largest of air coolers, plus headers for every kind of liquid cooling equipment. This motherboard has three full-sized PCIe slots (solely the primary one can harness a full 16 lanes) and yet one more x1 slot, plus there’s one way or the other room for 4 M.2 slots, all laying flat with thermal pads and heatsinks. Sadly, all these slots plus the six SATA ports share bandwidth, so you possibly can’t use all of them on the identical time. It is a restrict that Intel imposes on its shopper CPU tier. You may additionally want a Rocket Lake CPU to learn from PCIe 4.0 velocity, and even then it will solely profit the primary PCIe and M.2 slots. Some slots will likely be disabled and others will fall again to PCIe 3.0 if utilizing a previous-gen CPU.

The rear port cluster is completely packed, and there is an built-in IO protect which makes life a lot simpler when assembling a PC. To the left, there are buttons to reset and replace the BIOS proper off a USB drive. Then, you get two 2.5Gb Ethernet ports and two Wi-Fi antenna terminals, HDMI 2.0 video out, 5 gold-plated 3.5mm audio jacks plus optical S/PDIF output, two USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.2 Gen2 Sort-A ports, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports which additionally assist DisplayPort 1.4 video output.

Audio is dealt with by a Realtek ALC4082 codec and there is additionally ESS Sabre DAC for the entrance panel headphone connector. You additionally get tri-band Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 ax/az) and Bluetooth 5.2, which require the most recent variations of Home windows 10 to work. There are inner headers for one USB 3.2×2 Sort-C port plus two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and 4 extra USB 2.0 ports.

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This high-end motherboard has a complete choice of ports and an built-in IO protect


Fanatic-friendly options embody a surface-mount energy button and one other programmable ‘Flexkey’ button that can reset your PC by default however might be modified to an RGB lighting toggle or secure boot set off. There is a two-digit alphanumeric code readout for diagnostics. After all, you additionally get loads of RGB and ARGB LED headers to make your complete case look snazzy. The field consists of the Wi-Fi antenna, all of the cables and screws you may want, a bracket to take the burden off a big graphics card, an in depth guide and even a driver DVD, plus some Asus ROG branded merchandise.

The graphical BIOS is simple to make use of and whereas there are a great deal of tweaking choices, issues are labelled nicely sufficient and there are some textual content descriptions. Asus’ Armory Crate software program enables you to synchronise RGB lighting throughout supported Asus merchandise and handle BIOS and driver updates. AI Suite 3 is for Home windows-based overclocking, fan management, and monitoring.

The Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero is a great-looking high-end board and has almost each function you may want when you’re an fanatic. The bodily structure is superb and the BIOS is simple to work with. You may have to actually think about whether or not you want all these options although, since there is not any scarcity of different Z590 motherboards that value rather a lot much less.

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Our open-air take a look at system with loads of programmable RGB LEDs


Intel Core i9-11900K and Core i5-11600K setup and efficiency

Along with the ROG Maximus XIII Hero supplied by Intel together with the CPUs for this evaluation, our open-air take a look at bench consists of a 2x16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3600 RAM equipment, Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 graphics card (when not testing the CPUs’ built-in graphics), WD Black (2018) 1TB PCIe SSD and 1TB Samsung SSD 860 EVO SSD, Corsair H150i Elite Capellix 360mm AIO liquid cooler, Corsair RM850 energy provide, and Asus PB287Q monitor. All assessments have been run below Home windows 10 20H2 with the most recent patches and updates utilized. Intel supplied a BIOS replace and graphics drivers, and all different drivers used have been the most recent accessible public releases on the time.

Setup and set up have been very simple. The motherboard socket has sufficient clearance, and the structure is handy, however there are some slightly sharp edges and corners on the warmth sinks. Organising the Corsair H150i AIO cooler took probably the most time, nevertheless it comes with clear directions. Each potential screw and accent for Intel in addition to AMD CPUs is neatly labelled and sorted into baggage inside baggage so you possibly can by no means go unsuitable. The pump head, fan energy and fan RGB leads all plug right into a separate “iCue Commander Core” module which is concerning the measurement of a SATA SSD. It will get its energy from a SATA connector and wishes one inner USB 2.0 header which can block off two ports. You may have to be a bit inventive with cable administration, however adhesive strips are supplied.

The Dominator Platinum RAM has individually addressable RGB LEDs. There are extra on the H15oi Elite Capellix cooler’s pump head and the three 120mm followers. The Commander Core module has further connectors on your case followers or different merchandise that you simply may need to synchronise. Corsair’s iCue software program can now additionally work with Asus’ Aura Sync RGB framework so the motherboard, parts, and peripherals can all be managed as one.

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You may want liquid cooling to get probably the most out of a high-end CPU just like the Core i9-11900K


Because of lockdown-related restrictions all through most of 2020, we do not have final yr’s 10th Gen Core i9-10900K or a Ryzen 9 5950X to match efficiency numbers with. Nonetheless, most customers will likely be upgrading after a niche of some years, so the comparisons we have introduced beneath ought to nonetheless be significant. We will see how the Core i9-11900K and Core i5-11600K match up towards the marginally older Core i9-9900K and Ryzen 3xxx collection. The Core i9-10980XE primarily based on the Cascade Lake-X (Skylake-X by-product) structure can also be an attention-grabbing reference level, being priced solely a bit of greater. We have even thrown in some scores from our Ryzen Threadripper 3970X for instance the variations (and in some instances, the similarities) between these vastly totally different lessons of CPUs.

In some instances the place benchmarks have been up to date and scores for older CPUs may not be comparable, they don’t seem to be proven right here, however you possibly can click on by to their particular person evaluations to learn extra about them. Check bench configurations, OS updates and driver variations additionally do have an effect on scores, so there are some variances to account for as nicely.

  Intel Core i9-11900K Intel Core i5-11600K AMD Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-10980XE AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
CPU assessments
Cinebench R20 CPU single-threaded 628 595 495 489 NA 452 515
Cinebench R20 CPU multi-threaded 5,927 4,292 6,785 4,521 NA 8,729 17,069
Cinebench R23 CPU single-threaded (10 minutes) 1,676 1,542 NA NA NA NA NA
Cinebench R23 CPU multi-threaded (10 minutes) 15,373 11,094 NA NA NA NA NA
PCMark 10 commonplace 7,474 5,036 6,597 6,861 4,957 6,914 6,637
PCMark 10 prolonged 8,466 8,137 6,807 7,937 3,435 7,967 7,681
3DMark Fireplace Strike Extremely (physics) 26,716 22,328 27,471 23,933 21,550 28,111 22,010
3DMark Time Spy (CPU) 11,000 8,446 NA NA NA NA NA
Geekbench 5 single-threaded 1,777 1,654 NA NA NA NA NA
Geekbench 5 multi-threaded 9,536 7,582 NA NA NA NA NA
POVRay* 55 seconds 1 minute, 16 seconds 41 seconds 1 minute, 1 second 57 seconds 35 seconds 18 seconds
VRAY CPU* 54 seconds 1 minute, 14 seconds 48 seconds 1 minute, 9 seconds 1 minute, 2 seconds 37 seconds 20 seconds
Corona Renderer Benchmark* 1 minute, 35 seconds 2 minutes, 11 seconds 1 minute, 19 seconds 1 minute, 57 seconds 1 minute, 42 seconds 57 seconds 29 seconds
WebXprt 308 310 260 270 272 237 256
Jetstream 2 209.32 196.946 NA NA NA NA NA
Speedometer 216 201.8 NA NA NA NA NA
SiSoft SANDRA CPU arithmetic 313.18GOPS 224.44GOPS 366GOPS 244.52GOPS 282.45GOPS 496GOPS 940.69GOPS
SiSoft SANDRA CPU multimedia 1.3GPix/s 948.64MPix/s 1.26GPix/s 876.32MPix/s 918.22MPix/s 2.13GPix/s 3.31GPix/s
SiSoft SANDRA CPU cryptography 14GBps 16.88GBps 18.09GBps 18.36GBps 12.12GBps 25.65GBps 41.42GBps
SiSoft SANDRA cache bandwidth 429GBps 351GBps 589.9GBps 378GBps 307.32GBps 701.53GBps 1.73TBps
7Zip file compression* 1 minute, 37 seconds 1 minute, 40 seconds 1 minute, 33 seconds 1 minute, 37 seconds 2 minutes, 12 seconds 1 minute, 8 seconds 56 seconds
Handbrake video encoding* 32 seconds 41 seconds 35 seconds 43 seconds 39 seconds 37 seconds 30 seconds
Civilization VI AI benchmark (common) 8.83 seconds 8.87s NA NA NA NA NA
Built-in GPU assessments
Unigine Superposition 1080p Medium 1,188 1,207  
3DMark Time Spy 698 702
3DMark Evening Raid 9,423 9,448
Discrete GPU assessments
3DMark Fireplace Strike Extremely 3,638 3,746  
3DMark Time Spy 5,290 5,200
Far Cry 5 1080p Extremely 82fps 81fps
Far Cry 5 1440p Extremely 58fps 57fps
Murderer’s Creed Odyssey 1080p Very Excessive 61fps 62fps
Murderer’s Creed Odyssey 1440p Very Excessive 45fps 44fps
*decrease is best

There’s normally a transparent distinction between the Core i9-11900K and Core i5-11600K besides in uncommon instances that do not profit from having extra cores, and the place maybe the latter’s greater clock velocity offers it a bonus. The upper core depend of the Ryzen CPUs pull forward in multi-threaded content material creation assessments however the Rocket Lake CPUs aren’t any slouches, and you’ll see that there are gen-on-gen benefits. Should you’re upgrading from even a two-year-old PC, you may see enhancements in lots of productiveness in addition to gaming workloads.

We additionally examined the onboard GPU with just a few artificial benchmarks. Intel has the benefit over AMD right here, since most Ryzen CPUs shouldn’t have built-in graphics in any respect. Positive, when you’re shopping for a CPU at this degree, you may very doubtless need a highly effective GPU, however in instances like these when graphics playing cards are merely unavailable, and for troubleshooting or surviving a GPU failure, at the least you possibly can boot up your PC and use it. We clearly aren’t anticipating gaming-grade efficiency, and that is what we get. Apparently, the Core i5 is simply marginally higher than the Core i9 in these assessments. Gaming efficiency in fact relies upon primarily on the GPU you utilize, and in our assessments, we see that the CPUs aren’t inflicting bottlenecks right here.

As with many “gaming” motherboards, a few of Intel’s inventory suggestions are overridden in order that the CPU can draw extra energy and run hotter for longer than formally meant. A BIOS possibility referred to as “Multi Core Enhancement” is ready to Auto by default, and that was left in place for all assessments. It is a comparatively secure computerized overclocking function that permits all cores to run on the single-core Turbo velocity, which has considerably the identical impact as Intel’s new Adaptive Enhance Know-how.

The truth is, ABT is turned off by default and this was examined individually on the Core i9-11900K. In Cinebench R20, the single-core and multi-core scores went from 628 and 5,927 to 635 and 6,116 respectively. Geekbench 5 additionally presents separate single-core and multi-core scores, when went from 1,777 and 9,536 to 1,770 and 9,847 respectively.

One of many predominant causes to spend cash on Intel’s -Ok CPUs and a Zxxx-series motherboard is in fact overclocking, and you will have to spend much more on a superb AIO liquid cooler in addition to high-spec RAM. You’ll be able to tinker manually within the BIOS or use Asus’ freely downloadable software program. Should you select the latter strategy, there is a one-click overclocking possibility which stress-tests your PC to find out how far your cooler and different {hardware} will let the CPU go. In our case, we did not get spectacular outcomes, solely managing 5.3GHz sustained throughout a number of cores. Cinebench R20’s single-core and multi-core scores went up a bit to 641 and 6,184, however Geekbench posted lukewarm figures of 1,747 and 9,841 respectively.

The Core i9-11900K would require heavy obligation cooling when you’re planning to overclock, and even ABT will pressure your cooler greater than ordinary. The Corsair H150i Elite Capellix that we used is actually costly at round Rs. 15,500, however its monumental radiator floor space and three 120mm 2400rpm maglev followers dealt with our evaluation workloads nicely. The followers of our cooler, energy provide and graphics card may all spin down fully when not pressured, which implies even a really high-end PC construct round at this time’s flagship CPUs might be fully silent.

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The Core i9-11900K and Core i5-11600K are costly, and different eleventh Gen fashions may swimsuit you higher



If issues had gone in keeping with plan for Intel a few years in the past, the 11th Gen Core household would have been a really totally different product, probably primarily based on a 7nm and even smaller course of. Intel actually would not have wished to regress when it comes to core depend for its halo product of this technology, and efficiency has not grown by enormous leaps throughout the board. Intel determined that it might be finest to have eight cores within the thermal and energy envelopes that may very well be managed with this structure, however ten or extra would have proven important enchancment in multi-threaded assessments. The built-in graphics may even have used a significant increase over what we’re at present getting.

With that mentioned, the Core i9-11900K is a formidable processor and will be capable of hold all of your AAA video games operating properly for the foreseeable future. Intel has managed to maintain tempo with AMD’s newest and biggest desktop Ryzens in relation to gaming, and that is what most individuals will likely be looking to buy this CPU for.

Intel has strenuously denied that the Rocket Lake household is a stopgap measure to maintain the market recent, however we already know that the 10nm 12th Gen Alder Lake structure is on monitor to ship in late 2021, which implies Rocket Lake won’t have a protracted shelf life. Alder Lake will profit from 10nm transistor sizes, Intel’s evolving SuperFin manufacturing course of, the hybrid design with heterogenous cores, a brand new socket, DDR5 RAM, and (reportedly) PCIe 5.0 – all in all, it is shaping as much as be a large shift and probably one price ready for.

Shopping for a brand new CPU to exchange a tenth Gen mannequin will not get you very a lot return on funding – the Core i9-10900K with 10 cores sells for round Rs. 48,000 lately which isn’t unhealthy in any respect, in comparison with the Rs. 61,000 common road value for the Core i9-11900K. The truth is, individuals may nonetheless need to go for the older mannequin given these costs.

A whole lot of potential Core i9-11900K consumers will even must ask themselves whether or not the Core i7-11700K, priced at Rs. 38,500 with the identical variety of cores, makes extra sense. If Adaptive Enhance Know-how is not going to make an enormous distinction to you, it can save you fairly a bit of cash. Should you aren’t going to overclock, the non-Ok SKUs make extra sense too. Equally, with the Core i5-11600K, you may discover higher worth for cash a bit of down the stack, within the type of the Core i5-11500.

AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X with 12 cores will do higher in multi-threaded purposes and is perhaps a greater guess when it comes to future-readiness. Avenue costs are a bit decrease proper now, at round Rs. 55,000, however you do have to take a look at the prices and availability of motherboards as nicely. The Ryzen 9 5950X with 16 cores prices round Rs. 76,000, placing it a tier above the Core i9-11900K, however once more, it is the higher possibility if cores and threads matter and in case your time is cash. For instance when you play video games and do plenty of content material creation work on the identical PC, you want a steadiness, not simply wonderful single-threaded efficiency.

It is typically a nasty time to be constructing or upgrading a gaming PC anyway, because of the entire lack of graphics playing cards out there (at cheap costs at the least) and slowly rising costs of RAM and SSDs. What all of it comes all the way down to is that for most individuals, the 11th Gen Core desktop household, and significantly the Core i9-11900K, will likely be skippable. Should you can wait until the tip of this yr for the 12th Gen to launch (and hopefully for graphics card costs to stabilise as nicely), you may be a lot happier. Nonetheless, when you do want a brand new, highly effective gaming PC proper now or are upgrading solely your CPU and motherboard, the 11th Gen Rocket Lake household does make sense.

Intel Core i9-11900K
Value (MOP): Rs. 61,000


  • Nice efficiency in evenly threaded assessments
  • Platform options together with Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6E
  • Will work with previous-gen motherboards


  • Costly
  • Fundamental built-in graphics
  • Fewer cores than the Core i9-10900K

Scores (out of 5)

  • Efficiency: 4.5
  • Worth for Cash: 4
  • General: 4.5


Intel Core i5-11600K
Value (MOP): Rs. 24,500


  • Good efficiency general
  • Platform options together with Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6E
  • Will work with previous-gen motherboards


  • Fundamental built-in graphics

Scores (out of 5)

  • Efficiency: 3.5
  • Worth for Cash: 4
  • General: 4


Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero
Value (MOP): Rs. 42,000


  • Beauty, clear structure
  • 4 M.2 slots, two Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • Secure efficiency
  • Nicely designed UEFI BIOS interface


Scores (out of 5)

  • Options: 4.5
  • Efficiency: 4.5
  • Worth for Cash: 4
  • General: 4.5

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