Average Bench: 109% (1st of 1316)

Based on 9,437 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 9.4% 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 188Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 371Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-11900K is 21.1%. 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 87.6Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,740Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,437 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.2 Memory 87.6 95.7
166 1-Core 188 198
321 2-Core 371 397
117% 215 Pts
Min Avg Max
598 4-Core 701 764
1,076 8-Core 1,240 1,425
122% 970 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,615 64-Core 1,740 1,858
117% 1,740 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 4.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.2
1-Core 199
2-Core 392
124% 228 Pts
4-Core 739
8-Core 1,269
126% 1004 Pts
64-Core 1,787
120% 1,787 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 78.6
1-Core 185
2-Core 381
114% 215 Pts
4-Core 752
8-Core 1,400
134% 1076 Pts
64-Core 1,784
120% 1,784 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.2
1-Core 181
2-Core 366
114% 211 Pts
4-Core 717
8-Core 1,159
119% 938 Pts
64-Core 1728
116% 1728 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.3
1-Core 190
2-Core 380
122% 222 Pts
4-Core 574
8-Core 1,177
107% 876 Pts
64-Core 1,718
115% 1,718 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.5
1-Core 184
2-Core 366
114% 211 Pts
4-Core 569
8-Core 1,148
105% 858 Pts
64-Core 1,719
115% 1,719 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $540 @ launch in Mar '21
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Workstation 254%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XIII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $2,550

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

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1 day ago.

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Great writeup, thanks. —Mar '21


Excellent

5 days ago.

with a good motherboard this cpu is no joke. I have mine overclocked to 5.7 on all cores and it runs cool with my custom loop. Had a 5900x before and wont go back. Since im just gaming the lack of cores is irrelevant but the performance boost is massive

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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

6 months ago.


Poor

9 hrs ago.

10900k is pretty good


Excellent

5 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


Excellent

25 days ago.

it is better


Average

5 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

4 months ago.

fast vroom vroom


Excellent

5 months ago.

Fantastic performance


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