Intel’s new 11th Gen Core i9-11900K “Rocket Lake-S” processor will be the best CPU that enthusiasts can buy for single-thread performance. This is according to PassMark Software’s updated CPU Mark rankings, which show the Cypress Core part at the very top of the list with a record 3,764 rating. Intel’s Core i7-11700K and AMD Ryzen 7 5800X are in second and third place with scores of 3,548 and 3,514, respectively.
The implication is that Intel’s 8C/16T Core i9-11900K can outperform red team’s 8C/16T Ryzen SKU by around 7 percent in terms of single-thread performance. We should note that this is based on a single benchmark, however, which means that the margin for error is very high. Additionally, Intel’s CPU falls behind the competition when it comes to overall performance, with AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel’s Core i9-11900K managing an average CPU Mark score of 32,851 and 28,082, respectively.
Intel’s Core i9-11900K is a flagship Rocket Lake-S processor that reportedly boasts a 3.50 GHz base clock, 5.30 GHz single-core boost clock, and 4.80 GHz all-core boost clock. The CPU is also said to feature 16 MB of L3 cache and an Xe-based iGPU with 32 Execution Units (256 Cores). TDP is expected to be 125 watts.
“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”),” the company wrote in a recent press release elaborating on its latest product families. “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.”