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Posted on March 16, 2021

Intel has updated their mainstream, desktop product line with several new 11th Gen Intel Core processors. These CPUs offer higher performance per clock than earlier generations, making them well suited for single- and lightly-threaded workloads. We have gathered hardware specifications and links to articles covering many popular applications below.

11th Gen Intel Core Processor Performance Articles

11th Gen Intel Core Processor Specifications

11th Gen Intel Core i9 11900K i7 11700K i5 11600K
CPU Cores 8 8 6
Threads 16 16 12
Base Clock Speed 3.5GHz 3.6GHz 3.9GHz
Max All Core Boost 4.8GHz 4.6GHz 4.6GHz
Max Dual Core Boost 5.3GHz 5.0GHz 4.9GHz
Cache 16MB 16MB 12MB
TDP 125W 125W 125W
MSRP $539 $399 $262

There are many more 11th Gen Intel Core processor models,
but our testing will focus on these three

11th Gen Intel Core Processor Platform Details

With the launch of 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel has brought a host of architecture features to desktops that have already debuted on their other CPUs in recent years. While the manufacturing process is still 14nm (though Intel's own mobile chips are now at 10nm) these changes have the potential to bring performance gains in many applications. Here are some highlights:

  • PCI-Express 4.0 - Latest generation interconnect for graphics cards and NVMe SSDs
  • AVX-512F - Enhanced vector processing capabilities adopted from Intel Xeon
  • UHD Graphics 750 Xe - Upgraded integrated graphics chip adopted from Intel's recent mobile processors

In addition to these specific features, the new "Cypress Cove" architecture inside these CPUs is supposed to provide up to a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC). However, the maximum core count on the top-end models in this generation is actually lower than it was in the previous generation: 8 cores / 16 threads are available on the Core i9 11900K, compared to 10 cores / 20 threads on the i9 10900K. That could mean slightly reduced performance in heavily threaded workloads, though the improved per-core speeds should largely make up for that. Clearly, though, the focus of this segment of Intel's CPU line is on optimizing performance for single- and lightly-threaded applications.

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