Is The 11900K A Rocket? Intel Core i9-11900K Review

Intel has officially released their new  i9-11900K processor, but how well does it really perform? On paper, it sounds like it would be worse than its previous-gen competitor, the 10900K. The 11900K ships with eight cores, 16 threads, and a boost clock of 5.3 GHz. The 10900K ships with 10 cores, 20 threads, and a boost clock of 5.3 GHz.


Unfortunately, it is not the best time to buy any computer parts. PC Part stock has been eaten up after it’s been posted and parts have been posted on eBay for prices way over MSRP. Let’s take a look and see if the 11900K is even worth it if you can in fact find it in stock.


Here’s a recap of the 11th Gen Lineup compared to their 10th Gen predecessors.


Surely there is something wrong? Why has Intel decided to cut off 2 cores and 4 threads on their latest and greatest 11th Gen i9-11900K? Maybe it’s more complicated than we think? Intel has even decided to add a 10% price hike for 20% fewer cores as compared to its 10900K.

Intel has dominated the gaming CPU market until AMD announced their flagship chip a few months ago. The Ryzen 9 5900x finagled a win in most single-threaded and multi-threaded workloads and games against the 10900K. Can Intel take back their “Best Gaming CPU” title with 11th Gen?


Let’s start off with some benchmarks. You can tell right away that the 11900K is not a great flagship CPU. In most tests, the 11900K gets beat by the 10900K while drawing more power, running warmer, and costing more.


Cinebench R20 Benchmarks

Cinebench R20 multi-core run shows some interesting results. The 10900K scores 455 points more than the 11900K. 

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Gaming Benchmarks

In Horizon Zero Dawn, the 11900K is able to pull away with a win. It gains 1 FPS in its 1% Lows with its Average Frame Rate being on par with the 10900K. When looking at the AMD benchmarks in comparison, the 5900X and 5800X aren’t going to help Intel take back their gaming crown.

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Intel has shown that the 11th Gen will not take the gaming crown this generation. The Ryzen 7 5800X beats the 11900K by about 2% in most 1080p games. The 5800X is also a cheaper chip, coming at a $449 MSRP. Even the 10900K beat the 11900K by about 2%.

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Final Opinions


The 11900K has not proven to be of great value. Older 10th Gen chips seem to pull off a win in most benchmarks. AMD has also brought a lot of performance to the table with their new 5000 series. The Ryzen 7 5800X beats the 11900K and costs $90 less at MSRP pricing. Is Intel even trying this generation? The 11900K is not a great value for its premium over 10th Gen.


Intel needs to get off their 14nm process instead of refactoring it. It’s time they move on to their 10nm chips that were leaked for the next generation. 11th Gen gave 14nm another life when it should have been deprecated. 10nm will hopefully bring huge performance improvements once Intel can start using this design.



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