So we have a new 11900K in front of us today and there is still a level of excitement when something new arrives even if it raises the question why? What do I mean by that? Well we are getting a new processor from Intel that is better than the last gen but fails in comparison to the competition. By now you have probably seen those day one reviews and have seen what I am talking about. Yes this 11th gen by no means flipped the charts but it has done what it was intended to do. Intel had a choice to make either wait and release a new nm process later or release what we have now just to stay in the race. We can all agree this has to be the last we see of the 14nm process. I mean that fact that they were able to take this process this far is something, right? I would say its an achievement to be able to squeeze every ounce out of something. And that’s what they did. There really isn’t any head room left for overclocking on this generation. They pull a lot of power and in turn are going to run hot when they are pushed. And at the time of this review we are already seeing stuff about the 12th gen come out. Possibly see them in our hands in the 4th quarter of this year. So this generation may not be in the wheel house for very long. With all that being said I am actually happy that Intel didn’t wait and released this. They almost had no choice. The gaming performance of these chips are still very competitive and even can out perform the competitor in some titles. But when it comes to raw processing power it will have to hand over that top spot. I don’t consider myself a fan boy of either of the chip makers. I just want a solid price/performance ratio and I would go with either.
11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K unlocked desktop processor. Featuring Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and PCIe Gen 4.0 support, unlocked 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are optimized for enthusiast gamers and serious creators and help deliver high performance overclocking for an added boost. Thermal solution NOT included in the box. Compatible with 500 series & select 400 series chipset based motherboards. Refer to motherboard vendor for compatibility details. 125W.
I would like to thank Gigabyte for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what Gigabyte has to say about themselves on their website:
A global leader in the PC industry, GIGABYTE offers a comprehensive product lineup that aims to “Upgrade Your Life.” With expertise encompassing consumer, business, gaming, and cloud systems, GIGABYTE uses research and innovation to consistently meet user needs. GIGABYTE is renowned for award-winning products including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, mini PCs, and other PC components and accessories, and has revolutionized the PC industry with patented DualBIOS™ and Ultra Durable™ technologies. As an expert in PC technology, GIGABYTE is poised to extend our scope in business servers and cloud systems with hardware and software solutions that integrate AI and AloT applications to develop the ideal infrastructure for future prospects in 5G.
That which resonates with your life
“Upgrade Your Life” is the core essence in everything we do at GIGABYTE. We believe only technology made for you will speak to you. With a keen understanding of your needs, we have raised industry standards with game-changing DualBIOS™ technology; our patented Ultra Durable™ motherboards are designed to last and outlast, and our superior Windforce Stack 3x Cooling System exceeds all expectations.
We break new ground. We also continuously provide reliable cloud infrastructure to help businesses optimize their operations as well as to advance development and expansion in the digital realm. By combining innovation and practicality, GIGABYTE wields the technology of the future to improve your life today.
When ideas manifest into reality
We have your bases covered, starting with the motherboard. With an established reputation for trusted quality, we pushed forward with graphics cards, laptops, and mini PCs, and corporations worldwide depend on us for reliable server solutions. We have set the foundations for future forays into machine learning (AI) and deep learning. Most of all, we have always been there innovating products that will spark your creativity. From the adrenaline-pumping AORUS eSport line for enthused gamers, to cutting-edge AERO laptops for inspired artists and creators, or portable yet powerful BRIX mini PCs, with your perspective in mind, we crafted technologies that have more realistic usability to make the future both achievable and approachable.
Foretelling your future in tech
Visualize this: Shaking your phone connects you to cloud. Your city is on a 5G network integrating medical, transportation, and power services. Even your appliances are online, working to make your life easier. AI guarantees that you always have personalized entertainment options. Blockchain has reshaped the financial world, and medical marvels take place daily with the help of VR. What you’re visualizing is already approaching reality, and the world will soon rush to keep up. Now is the time to Upgrade Your Life. Our vast product range can meet your personal, business, and computing needs and prepare you for future trends and developments. Using technology, we can achieve anything we visualize, and beyond.
In harmony with the natural world
We are eager to achieve the harmony between technology and sustainability. With the faith, we transformed the roof of Headquarters into a sustainable eco-roof with more than 400 species of plants and animals inhabited in order to reach the balance between work, life and leisure. In 2017, in response to the international Trillion Tree Campaign, we launched “Make Earth Green Again” and called on the society to plant trees. We also developed and applied the world’s first pure rice husk eco-package, which not only became a sustainability milestone in technology industry, but also won international awards such as iF, Red Dot and Good Design. As a gardener of technology and sustainability, we believe that every action is a seed of anticipation and will thrive into a better future.
Lets check out what Intel has to say about themselves on their website:
“Go off and do something wonderful.”
Those words from Intel co-founder Robert Noyce are more than just a great quote. They’re words to live by. Words we’ve taken to heart by putting our heritage at the heart of our actions. These words are our constant reminder that all you need is an idea and Intel Inside1 to do something truly wonderful.
Reimagining Intel in the world
We look different. And that’s on purpose. The new visual expression of our brand is a signal that Intel is entering a new era, where our rich legacy drives our future, where the pursuit of something wonderful fuels everything we do.
Do something that honors the past to forge the future
Simultaneously nodding to our heritage and leaping boldly into what comes next, our new visual identity emanates a renewed sense of confidence and simplicity.
Do something small that leads to something big
When we show up in the world, the Intel identity aims to illustrate how one innovation leads to another, always connected.
Do something that connects us all
When hardware, software and ideas come together, technology makes an authentic human impact and enables meaningful connections.
- # of Cores 8
- # of Threads 16
- Processor Base Frequency 3.50 GHz
- Max Turbo Frequency 5.30 GHz
- Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost Frequency 5.30 GHz
- Cache16 MB Intel® Smart Cache
- Bus Speed 8 GT/s
- Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency 5.20 GHz
- Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Frequency 5.10 GHz
- TDP 125 W
- Configurable TDP-down Frequency 3.00 GHz
- Configurable TDP-down 95 W
- Embedded Options Available No
- Datasheet View now
- Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 128 GB
- Memory Types DDR4-3200
- Max # of Memory Channels 2
- Max Memory Bandwidth 50 GB/s
- ECC Memory Supported No
- Processor Graphics ‡Intel® UHD Graphics 750
- Graphics Base Frequency 350 MHz
- Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.30 GHz
- Graphics Video Max Memory 64 GB
- Execution Units 32
- 4K Support Yes, at 60Hz
- Max Resolution (HDMI) 4096×2160@60Hz
- Max Resolution (DP) 5120 x 3200 @60Hz
- Max Resolution (eDP – Integrated Flat Panel) 5120 x 3200 @60Hz
- DirectX* Support 12.1
- OpenGL* Support 4.5
- Intel® Quick Sync Video Yes
- Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology Yes
- Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes
- Intel® Clear Video Technology Yes
- # of Displays Supported 3
- Device ID 0x4C8A
- OpenCL* Support 3.0
- Scalability 1S Only
- PCI Express Revision 4.0
- PCI Express Configurations Up to 1×16+1×4, 2×8+1×4, 1×8+3×4
- Max # of PCI Express Lanes 20
- Sockets Supported FCLGA1200
- Max CPU Configuration 1
- Thermal Solution Specification PCG 2019A
- Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost Temperature 70 °C
- TJUNCTION 100°C
- Package Size 37.5 mm x 37.5 mm
- Intel® Deep Learning Boost (Intel® DL Boost) Yes
- Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost Yes
- Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Yes
- Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
- Intel vPro® Platform Eligibility Yes
- Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes
- Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
- Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) Yes
- Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT) Yes
- Intel® 64 Yes
- Instruction Set 64-bit
- Instruction Set Extensions Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
- Idle States Yes
- Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes
- Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes
- Intel® Identity Protection Technology Yes
- Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Yes
- Intel® Gaussian and Neural Accelerator 2.0 Yes
- Intel® AES New Instructions Yes
- Secure Key Yes
- Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX)No
- Intel® OS Guard Yes
- Intel® Trusted Execution Technology Yes
- Execute Disable Bit Yes
- Intel® Boot Guard Yes
Now that we have all the details covered. Lets move on to what we have been waiting for and put this Intel Core i9 11900K to the test!
Box and Packaging
The Intel Core i9 11900K doesn’t come with much inside the box. You just get the power pack, a drivers disc, instruction manual and the unit itself. And this wont be what the packaging looks like if you buy it from the store. This packaging is what you find if it a review sample. So your packaging with not resemble what you see here.
The Core i9 11900K
A Closer Look
With an extensive suite of overclocking tools like the Intel Performance Maximizer and Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, you can get the most from your unlocked processor.(1)
Engineered for play.
Intel’s latest desktop processor architecture and fast clock speeds deliver high frame rates and low latency for competitive play and more immersive experiences.
Made to create.
Along with the power to push through complex creative projects, 11th Gen Intel Core processors feature intelligent performance to assist your workflow in optimized applications.
Game for a crowd.
The efficient multi-threaded performance of the 11th Gen Intel Core processors allow you to maximize your streaming quality and maintain high FPS while gaming.
Benchmarks (Part 1)
I’ll let all the numbers do the talking …
For our test rig we paired the card with an Intel i9 11900K (Rocket Lake), Gigabyte Z590 VISION G motherboard and 16GB of Aorus RGB DDR4-4800 memory (unless noted otherwise). All tests are conducted using default speeds on CPU, Card, and RAM unless noted otherwise
|CPU||Intel i9 11900K (Rocket Lake)|
|Cooling||Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240 Illusion|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Z590 VISION G|
|Ram||Aorus RGB DDR4-4800 16GB (2×8)|
|HDD||Samsung 960 EVO 250GB PCIE M.2 SSD|
|PSU||Antec Signature Series 1000W|
|VGA card||EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming|
AIDA64 Memory Benchmarks
AIDA64 CPU Tests
Benchmarks (Part 2)
We would like to thank Futuremark for providing the 3DMark software for use in this testing.
3DMark is arguably the most popular graphics card benchmarking software known to the world. For more than a decade, users have been using the software made by Futuremark to make and break world records and to also test overclocks. The latest version simply known as 3DMark includes several tests for DirectX 9, 10, 11 and 12 hardware. This version also supports cross-platform benchmarking including smartphones and tablets (Android and iOS) this time around. We used the Fire Strike Ultra, and Time Spy benchmarks (all at default settings). I will let the numbers do the talking.
3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built “the right way” from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With its pure DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.
Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today.
3DMark v2 – Port Royal (DXR – Ray Tracing)
Port Royal is a graphics card benchmark for testing real-time ray tracing performance. To run this test, you must have a graphics card and drivers that support Microsoft DirectX Raytracing.
Final Fantasy Official Benchmark
See just how well FINAL FANTASY XIV will run on your computer. This official benchmark software uses actual maps and playable characters to assign a score to your PC and rate its performance. A character creation tool is also included, allowing you to view a playable character as they will appear in-game.
PCMark 10 is the latest in our series of industry standard PC benchmarks. Updated for Windows 10 with new and improved workloads, PCMark 10 is also faster and easier to use. PCMark 10 features a comprehensive set of tests that cover the wide variety of tasks performed in the modern workplace. With express, extended, and custom run options to suit your needs, PCMark 10 is the complete PC benchmark for the modern office and an ideal choice for organizations that buy PCs in high volumes.
Unigine 2 – Superposition (4k Optimized)
Extreme performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system. Check your rig in stock and overclocking modes with real-life load! Also includes interactive experience in a beautiful, detailed environment.
CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more. CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X).
ATTO Disk Benchmark
ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware software to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as the host connection to attached storage.
CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software.It measure sequential reads/writes speed,measure random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32) reads/writes speed, select test data (Random, 0Fill, 1Fill), provide theme support and Multi-Language support.
I was able to hit an easy 5.0Ghz on all cores with ease and the temps were pretty high while running Cinebench20. I will note 5.1 was not stable with 1.4v and half the time it would go into a boot loop. And the temps at 5.0GHz speak for themselves.
Better than my results with the Z490 but still a no go when simply trying to use the 4800MHz XMP profile. I had to enable XMP, manually change to 4600 and then set VCCIO to 1.3v, System Agent Voltage to 1.5v, and set the RAM Voltage to 1.5. If I waivered from those values what so ever it would not boot. And because this board has no CMOS button, shorting the jumper became no fun, fast.
The gaming benchmarks were almost negligible when I was overclocked. The CPU score was higher but the gaming overall scores were not really impacted.
The Cinebench20 score was higher at 6149 vs a 5814 vs stock settings.
Verdict and Conclusion
So we have come to the conclusion of the review. Now to further explore the questions around this gen. Lets say Intel waited and released something later on a new nm process. What does tell us about keeping a foot in the race? Well simply that means you took an exit and had to go in for repairs. This would be the worst thing that could of happened for us as consumers. That would have shifted the weights so much that it could of cause the other brand to relax, allowing them to put it on cruise control and in turn we wouldn’t be getting the best out of both companies. We as consumers want all companies trying to out perform each other.
Healthy competition benefits us. The 11th gen processors have taken the 14nm process to the max. I don’t foresee the 14nm process continuing past this generation. I hope not anyways, and from what I keep seeing we should be on a new 10nm on the next gen. The performance is still great on the 11th gen but is far from taking the top spot. These are still very viable and compete very well in gaming titles. The lack of core do hurt this processor when it comes down to multi-core workloads. That performance just isn’t going to be there without them. I was able to put an all core 5.1MHz on this processor but the temps went to the max instantly. And that was with an AIO. I am not going to complain to much because the 11th gen is hands down better that the 10th gen.
One thing not to forget is the fact that the 11900K chips do have graphics. And this is noteworthy because we all know of the insane shortages we have. You may not be able to game at 4k but if you are waiting for a graphics card to arrive you will still at least have video.
The Intel Core i9 11900K kept Intel in the competition zone. The performance is better than the previous gen and is still capable of providing enough processing power for your games and work.