Rocket Lake Launches Successfully
The Countdown Is Complete
Intel’s Core i9-11900K is an eight core, 16 thread CPU running up to 5.2-5.3GHz with an MSRP of $539 but as is tradition over the past year it is not available at that price, if you can find one there is a hefty premium on it. This CPU is to go up against the Ryzen 9 5900X with 12 cores, 24 threads at up to 4.8GHz which has an MSRP $10 higher at $549, though the same issue remains; if you can find one it will be selling for a lot more.
The Core i9-11900K(F) supports a new feature Intel has called Adaptive Boost Technology which allows your chip to operate at higher frequencies even as more cores come on line, while still remaining within the 125W thermal design. As such, when enabled Intel does not treat this as overclocking, which will help in many scenarios. The FPS Review tested their i9-11900K both with and without ABT enabled to reveal the impact it has in both benchmarks and gaming. They test the new Rocket Lake processor against it’s predecessor, the 10 core, 20 thread i9-10900K as well as both the Ryzen 5800X and 5900X
If you read Sebastian’s review then you already know how these processors stack up against each other, however The FPS Review does run a few different tests which are worth looking at if you want to learn everything you can about this 14nm processor. It isn’t the most exciting launch but it does represent the last tests we are likely to see on this Intel architecture as the next generation is looking to be a very different processor altogether.
The Intel Core i9-11900K has a Base Clock of 3.5GHz. It supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and can run up to 5.1GHz. It also supports Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 which allows it to run up to 5.2GHz. In addition, it also supports Intel Thermal Velocity Boost Technology which allows it to achieve 5.3GHz on a single core or 4.8GHz on all cores.