Intel’s upcoming flagship processor, the Core i9-11900K, has been spotted in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark. This makes it possible to evaluate its characteristics and performance.

A strange flagship turns out.  Intel Core i9-11900K is inferior to Core i9-10900K both in the number of cores and in frequency, but everything is good with performance
A strange flagship turns out.  Intel Core i9-11900K is inferior to Core i9-10900K both in the number of cores and in frequency, but everything is good with performance

Rumors talked about a decrease in the number of cores of this CPU relative to the current model. Everything happened: instead of 10 cores and 20 threads, like the Core i9-10900K, the Core i9-11900K has only 8 cores while maintaining multithreading support. But interestingly, the frequency has also decreased: if for the Core i9-10900K, the base frequency is 3.7 GHz, then for the Core i9-11900K, it is already 3.5 GHz. Even if the maximum frequency remains at 5.3 GHz, it is still a rather strange move for a flagship. But, apparently, Intel tried to compensate for these losses by improving the architecture: Cypress Cove is credited with the increase in IPC, expressed in double digits. And it seems that the developers succeeded.

In total, two tests were carried out: at 1080p and 1440p, in both cases with “Crazy” settings. The best result of the Core i9-11900K is 6400 points and 64.7 FPS. For comparison, the 16-core flagship Ryzen 9 5950X scores 7100 points and 71.9 FPS in the test with the same settings. There is, of course, a lag behind the competitor, but you cannot call it critical, especially considering the twofold difference in the number of cores.

The Rocket Lake-S processors’ premiere, which includes the Core i9-11900K, is expected in March 2021. This line will continue to be manufactured in the 14nm process.

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