Following on the heels of AnandTech, French hardware site HardwareLuxx has published an early set of benchmarks teasing the potential gaming performance of one of Intel’s upcoming “Rocket Lake-S” processors, the Core i7-11700K. In contrast to AnandTech’s coverage, HardwareLuxx’s metrics seem to paint blue team’s chip in a more positive light, but they still succumb to AMD’s 8C/16T Ryzen 7 5800X counterpart in the majority of benchmarks. Out of four titles, DICE’s Battlefield V was the only game in which Rocket Lake-S had a clear edge over Zen 3.
“The Core i7-11700K simply swims along in most of the benchmarks without attracting particularly negative or positive results,” Andreas Schilling wrote. “The improved cores make it a bit faster, but there are no big jumps. In this model, this is also due to the lack of Thermal Velocity Boost, which is supposed to tickle the highest boost clock rates from the processors.”
“In the game benchmarks, you have to differentiate between the different games. In Battlefield V, the Intel processors usually look quite good and this also applies to the Core i7-11700K. In The Division 2, Metro: Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the Ryzen processors still have the edge. But you have to see here that we are talking about the Core i7-11700K and not the top model Core i9-11900K, which should go a step further in terms of clock rate.”
Schilling goes on to note that future BIOS and microcode updates may improve the 15 percent uplift of Intel’s Core i7-11700K to an even further degree and potentially allow blue team to regain the gaming crown in select titles. Additionally, the CPU’s power consumption was measured at 190 watts, which is reportedly consistent with its Core i7-10700K and Core i9-9900K predecessors.