The conveniently leaked slides give a list of SKUs to carry the 11th generation Rocket Lake architecture. But Intel is pushing the Core i9-11900K by comparing it with the Core i9-10900K and the Ryzen 9 5900X.
Interestingly, there is no listing of Core i5 CPUs in the list. But there are four listed Core i7 series CPUs and five Core i9 CPUs under the ‘11700’ and ‘11900’ branding but with T, F KF K and the locked CPU suffixes. The Rocket Lake-S Core i5 series are expected to be six-core/ 12-thread when they are released in the future.
I said it before and said it again- any leaks or any information about performance from the manufacturer should always be taken with a grain of salt. This universally applied to all respective CPU and GPU manufacturers. This is more applicable with the Core i7 11th gen seeing that there are also reviews from 2 different sources.
The Core Battle
The leaked slides make a claim that the Core i9-11900K has increased performance compared to the Core i9-10900K and the Ryzen 9 5900X. It should be noted that the core i9-10900K is a 10 core/ 20-thread CPU, while the 11th gen equivalent is 8-Core/ 16-thread. The main factor of the Rocket Lake series is the 20 PCIe 4.0 lane, while the 10th gen is 16 PCIe 3.0 lane. All this in a 14nm process. At best, the 11th gen feels like a stopgap. But that’s the best guess you can make because of the lack of clarity until the time of official launch.
Interestingly, the comparison with the Ryzen 9 5900X is a brave move. While we would like to see an increased performance boost, looking only at game benchmarks without looking at power consumption is not always a good idea. But the other important factor is the availability and pricing of the Ryzen CPUs.
The Current State of CPUs
The Ryzen 9 5900X is sold for a price that was practically a decent mid-end gaming PC pricing- a hefty Rs. 60,000/-. While the Core i9-10900K is under Rs. 50,000/- INR. But gamers and streamers playing around 1080p-1440p will be fine with a number of upper-end Core i5/Ryzen 5 to Core i7/ Ryzen 7 CPUs.
So that takes us down to Core i7-10700K retails for Rs. 31,200/- while Ryzen 7 5800X retails for a bit under Rs. 40,000/-. Of course, then comes the price and availability of motherboards. It will be interesting to see Intel reducing its pricing and wedge the 11th gen. Intel can play around with the price against AMD if they want to. Something that AMD did against Intel during the good old FX Series CPU days.
Most end-users who skipped the current offerings may wait for Alder Lake or consider the Ryzen series. The only benefit with PCIe 4.0 is for storage if they want to run to handle workloads. But, who makes a BIG decision for primary storage? Of course, if the situation with the stock changes, so will the purchase decision.