Average Bench: 103% (15th of 1355)

Based on 25,847 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-11900K @ 3.50GHz

The i9-11900K is the fastest CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup which brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) and 50% stronger integrated graphics. There are also 500 series chipset improvements including: 20 PCIe4 CPU lanes (up from 16) and USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20 Gbps up from 10 Gbps). Rocket Lake’s IPC uplift translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i9-11900K averaged 2.7% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i9-11900K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 173Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 334Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-11900K is 22.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-11900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Memory Latency 88.1Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,118Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 25,847 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.1 Memory 88.1 96
149 1-Core 173 185
285 2-Core 334 367
109% 198 Pts
Min Avg Max
528 4-Core 628 709
951 8-Core 1,118 1,283
109% 873 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,427 64-Core 1,667 1,808
112% 1,667 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.8
1-Core 182
2-Core 320
111% 198 Pts
4-Core 657
8-Core 1,052
109% 854 Pts
64-Core 1,414
95% 1,414 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.6
1-Core 182
2-Core 321
111% 198 Pts
4-Core 623
8-Core 1,118
109% 870 Pts
64-Core 1,720
115% 1,720 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.3
1-Core 171
2-Core 339
110% 200 Pts
4-Core 602
8-Core 1,052
104% 827 Pts
64-Core 1,633
110% 1,633 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 78
1-Core 186
2-Core 367
113% 211 Pts
4-Core 600
8-Core 1144
108% 872 Pts
64-Core 1,753
118% 1,753 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $540 @ launch in Mar '21
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XIII HERO

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

Added 14 months ago.

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Great writeup, thanks. —Mar '21


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3 days ago.

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Finally, nice to see someone point out these millionaire YouTubers or website bloggers. Gee no money changes hands does it? I'm not buying this to render CAD drawings or do mass file compressions. Who cares what Blender says. Always been an Intel fan, since way back when AMD was the budget choice. This baby is going to be fast, very excited for it. Now if I can only find an 11900K in stock to complete my build... —Apr '21


Terrible

1 month ago.

it is very good for gaming and really powerful


Good

14 months ago.


Excellent

13 months ago.

Appears slower in Multi-core executions than the 10900K or 10900 because of 2 fewer cores and 4 fewer threads compared to 10900K However, the 200pts Single Core Score means that apps that use one core will be as fast as an app that use two cores ran on a slower processor


Average

3 months ago.

I like how the nameless guest user from Canada is basically criticizing reviewers, for testing CPUs in actual environments and tasks that show how fast and good a CPU is. After all, who cares about testing how fast this or that CPU actually is ? If it's made by my favorite company that I'm fanboying over, then it's automatically cool and good.


Excellent

8 months ago.

it is better


Average

13 months ago.

In a vacuum, the i9-11900K is a great CPU. But there are other CPUs. Comparing this to the 10900K, the 10900K is cheaper, better multi-core, less TDP. But the 11900K has a huge advantage: Better single-core. For gamers, the choice is obvious. But for people who need multi-core performance like their life depends on it, the AMD Ryzen 5950X is the best choice out there. And it has lower TDP, so for people who love multi-core performance, the 5950X is the best choice. Though, it comes with a price. And at that point, a 10900K + More ram or faster SSD is the better value. Conclusion for gamers: The 11th gen CPUs are terrific. Conclusion for multi-core addicts: Wait for the next-gen, go for the last-gen, or if you have the money, buy an AMD CPU.


Excellent

12 months ago.

fast vroom vroom


Poor

1 month ago.

Power consumption too high, hot temps.


Excellent

13 months ago.

Fantastic performance


Poor

7 months ago.

Very fast, great value.


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