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Could Intel reclaim the gaming crown from AMD with its upcoming 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake-S” processors? That’s beginning to look like a possibility, as the company has shared first-party benchmarks of the 8C/16T i9-11900K besting red team’s 12C/24T Ryzen 9 5900X in various games such as Far Cry: New Dawn (+3 percent), Cyberpunk 2077 (+4 percent), and Metro Exodus (+5 percent). Intel’s Cypress Cove processor even managed to exceed the performance of Zen 3 by as much as 8 percent in Creative Assembly’s real-time tactics title, Total War: Three Kingdoms.

As always, we’ll have to wait for third-party testing to confirm or reveal the actual metrics, but in the meantime, you can check out Intel’s benchmarks below to get a feel for how 11th Gen Core processors might compare to AMD’s Ryzen 5000 Series. The slides were released as part of Intel’s CES tech preview deck, which has since been expanded upon by a virtual conference confirming that Rocket Lake-S boasts an IPC gain of up to 19 percent and support for 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes off the CPU.

“Intel […] demonstrated next-generation desktop technology for gamers and enthusiasts coming to market in 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors (“Rocket Lake-S”),” a press release reads. “Featuring 19% gen-over-gen instructions per cycle (IPC) improvement for the highest frequency cores and headlined by the Intel Core i9-11900K, these processors will bring even more performance to gamers and PC enthusiasts at launch in the first quarter of 2021.”

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  1. Going from 10nm back to 14nm … and drop the core count … and watch the TDP go through the roof

    Bravo Intel, bravo. But hey, you can claim it’s fastest again!

  2. Wow, so 162 FPS vs 150 FPS at 1080P.

    There are people who will care about that. I wouldn’t, but those numbers won’t tell the whole story. For example, average frame rates on my 3950X and 10900K are almost identical in Cyberpunk 2077 at 4K. As you are primarily GPU limited, this makes perfect sense. However, frametimes are better on the Intel setup.

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