Average Bench: 111% (1st of 1307)

Based on 392 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 10.8% 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 192Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 380Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-11900K is 21.4%. 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 87.4Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,779Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 392 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.3 Memory 87.4 96.1
175 1-Core 192 201
347 2-Core 380 402
119% 220 Pts
Min Avg Max
606 4-Core 718 788
1,092 8-Core 1,276 1,489
125% 997 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,601 64-Core 1,779 1,907
119% 1,779 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.8
1-Core 188
2-Core 376
118% 217 Pts
4-Core 752
8-Core 1,480
138% 1,116 Pts
64-Core 1,857
125% 1,857 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.6
1-Core 194
2-Core 400
124% 230 Pts
4-Core 643
8-Core 1,256
117% 949 Pts
64-Core 1,791
120% 1,791 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.5
1-Core 191
2-Core 393
119% 222 Pts
4-Core 711
8-Core 1,209
121% 960 Pts
64-Core 1,793
120% 1,793 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.5
1-Core 196
2-Core 351
116% 211 Pts
4-Core 654
8-Core 1,158
114% 906 Pts
64-Core 1,772
119% 1,772 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $540 @ launch in Mar '21
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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

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22 mins ago.

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Great writeup, thanks. —Mar '21


Terrible

3 hrs ago.

gg

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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


Good

22 days ago.


Excellent

9 days 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

2 days 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

15 days ago.

Fantastic performance


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