Intel is set to launch its 11th generation of processors, codenamed “Rocket Lake-S” in March of 2021. But we have already found out a lot of information about their upcoming processors. These processors are going to compete with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series processors, which have turned out to show excellent performance while maintaining great temperatures, which was accomplished with their new and improved Zen 3 architecture. So, it will be quite interesting for us to see who comes out on top and how well Intel performs. And from the looks of it, the competition between Intel and AMD might just get even more interesting.
Core i5 11400
Intel Core i5-11400 is going to be at the bottom of the list of Rocket Lake-S processors in terms of price and performance. This CPU will offer 6-cores will 12-threads, which is the same configuration as the current i5-10400. Featuring a 100 MHz higher turbo clock, this CPU isn’t much faster than its predecessor when it comes to clock speeds.
In terms of pricing, since the i5-10400 costs $182, we can expect the price of this processor to be around this figure too. And since it doesn’t need to be paired with an expensive chipset like the Z590, it is probably going to be in the shopping carts of new budget PC enthusiasts.
A benchmark result has recently shown up on Geekbench, but the sample features 16GB DDR4-2133Mhz memory on a Z590 motherboard. Such a slow memory will definitely affect the score of this CPU as reviewers are going to use much faster memory to benchmark this processor. So this score is only to be taken as a hint for future comparisons.
This processor seems to be 34% faster than the i5-10400 in single-core scores with a score of 1490. And the multi-core score of 6576 indicates that even with very slow memory, the 11400 is 16% better than its predecessor. And the surprising part is that even being the slowest of the Rocket Lake-S processors, it already has higher single-core scores than any Comet Lake-S processor.
Next on the list is the faster and overclockable Core i5 variant, the Core i5-11600K. Its predecessors have always had the right balance of price and gaming performance for people looking to build an Intel system. The 11600K should serve the same purpose this time around too. With 6-cores and 12-threads running at 3.9Ghz Base Clock and 4.9Ghz Boost Clock, this processor should have a great balance between gaming and basic workstation tasks.
We wouldn’t know anything about the price of this processor yet, but our guess would be that it will be in the same range as the i5-10600K, which costs ~260-270 USD.
As before, the only benchmark sample we have of this processor was done on a Z590 motherboard with DDR4-2133Mhz memory. Which again, negatively impacted the score, meaning we still can’t get a clear idea of this processor’s performance until proper benchmarking is done by reviewers.
A single-core score of 1565 means that this processor is a bit slower than the Ryzen 5 5600X. But the 11600K is still 19% faster than the 10600K in single-core speeds. There was probably some issue with the multi-core benchmark because the 11600K had scored 13% less than its predecessor, which seems quite unnatural.
Core i7-11700 non-K
The Core i7-11700 is the cheaper and non-overclockable version of the flagship Core i7 11700K. The 11700 is an 8-core processor with hyperthreading(16-threads). The 11700 has a base clock of 2.9Ghz. This processor has a TDP of 65W compared to the 125W TDP of the 11700K. As a result, this processor has a boost clock of 4.4Ghz which is 600Mhz less than that of the 11700K.
The benchmark scores below are done on a Z590 motherboard paired with DDR4-3200Mhz RAM. So these scores should be similar to what we will see when the official reviews of this product come out after the launch.
The i7 11700 is 8% better than the i7 10700 in the CPU-Z benchmark. While in Cinebench R20, the i7 11700 is 12% better than its predecessor. The lead drops down to 7% again in the Geekbench 5 benchmark. While the performance improvement isn’t that significant, this processor might be the right choice for some customers if it is priced well.
Intel Core i9-11900K
The Core i9-11900K is the top-of-the-line consumer processor of 11th Generation Intel processors. This is the fastest and most powerful of the bunch. And it comes with a hefty price tag too. The Core i9-11900K features 8 cores and 16 threads, the same as its predecessor. It has a base clock of 3.5Ghz and it can boost up to 4.8Ghz on all cores and breaking the 5Ghz barrier on single-core with speeds as high as 5.2Ghz. These clock speeds translate to exceptional gaming performance like we’ve seen before from the Core i9 processors.
Below are the two CPU-Z benchmark results we’ve gotten of this processor:
The former result is a bit lower than the latter one, which would be caused by the first test running on relatively lower clocks. The second benchmark where the 11900K managed to break the CPU-Z barrier of 700 points with a score of 706 is where the processor was running in 5.2Ghz all cores mode. It also has a 10% higher multi-core speed than the previous benchmark. The 11900K might attract a lot of gamers if the rumors about this processor’s price being close to the 5800x are true.
Here is a comparative list of the single-core and multi-core scores of Intel Rocket Lake-S and Comet Lake-S processors along with Ryzen 5000 Series processors