V-Ray and HandBrake and WinRAR

V-Ray 5

Intel Core i9-11900K CPU Review V-Ray 5 Benchmark

We are using the standard V-Ray benchmark in the new V-Ray 5.  Naturally, the Ryzen 9 5900X is leading the pack with more cores and threads.  It’s 36% faster than the Intel Core i9-11900K with Adaptive Boost enabled.  The i9-10900K follows second, but the new Intel Core i9-11900K with Adaptive Boost enabled does come close.  This once again shows its improved architecture compared to the older i9-10900K.  That’s impressive.

It does appear though that the Ryzen 7 5800X and i9-11900K without Adaptive Boost are equal in performance.  Only by enabling Adaptive Boost does the i9-11900K pull ahead.  Still, the i9-11900K is competing with the Ryzen 9 5900X on price, and the 5900X just takes the cake.

HandBrake

Intel Core i9-11900K CPU Review HandBrake Video Transcode

In HandBrake, we are transcoding a video, and naturally, you want this done as fast as possible.  The CPU can make a big impact.  The Ryzen 9 5900X does this much quicker than anything.  The 8 core CPUs are bunched up close to each other, but we do see the Ryzen 7 5800X taking a slight lead over the new i9-11900K in transcoding video purely on the CPU.

WinRAR

Intel Core i9-11900K CPU Review WinRAR Benchmark Multithreading

In the WinRAR benchmark, we see a large falloff in performance with the new Intel Core i9-11900K.  It falls way behind for some reason, we tested and re-checked, and this performance was consistent.  Even the 5800X which is also 8 cores, seems to just do a lot better here compared to the i9-11900K.  The older i9-10900K is faster as well.  Naturally, the Ryzen 9 5900X is the fastest as it has the core advantage.

Intel Core i9-11900K CPU Review WinRAR Benchmark Singlethreading

Testing the singlethreading performance we see the AMD CPUs come out on top by quite a bit.  Whatever is going on in this benchmark it seems to favor the AMD architecture.  If you are RAR’ing and un’RAR’ing large files, it’s clear what CPU will help you out the most in that task.

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12 Comments

  1. Good review! For the money the 5800X offers mostly similar, sometimes better, performance. I see no reason for anyone to buy the 11900K over an AMD.
  2. Yet another awesome review Brent!!!!!!!!

    Looks as though the AMD 5900X is the better money spent system.

  3. Good review! For the money the 5800X offers mostly similar, sometimes better, performance. I see no reason for anyone to buy the 11900K over an AMD.

    I have just 1 reason I would get the Intel solution over the AMD solution, and even then I’d get the 10900K over the 11900K. For support purposes I run a MacOSX VM. Getting one to run reliably on an AMD Ryzen system is much more difficult than on an Intel Platform.

    That’s it though. I’d run AMD for everything else I do.

  4. Thanks for the great review Brent!

    The power consumption increase to go from 4.8 to 5.0ghz with Adaptive Boost enabled, wow. Impressive putting that 280mm AIO to work. Overall the potential platform dead end is tough to swallow given the 11900’s price vs the other tested CPUs.

  5. Yet another awesome review Brent!!!!!!!!

    Looks as though the AMD 5900X is the better money spent system.

    I would definitely agree. If I could get my hands on a 5900x. Sorry, just bitter over looking and looking and not finding. Still, I wouldn’t bother with the Intel even if I wasn’t already invested in the AMD platform.

  6. I would definitely agree. If I could get my hands on a 5900x. Sorry, just bitter over looking and looking and not finding. Still, I wouldn’t bother with the Intel even if I wasn’t already invested in the AMD platform.

    That’s definitely a ‘want’ vs. ‘need’ question when more broadly applied.

    Yeah, the 5900X is pretty much where I’d land too if I had to buy something today for my desktop, and there were actually things available to buy. And that’s at any price really. Whatever I want, I don’t need more than that, but if I were buying today, I don’t see the value in buying any less either.

    Thing is, if the Intel part is all that’s available, I wouldn’t shy away from it. Rocket Lake is no Netburst or Bulldozer, hot as RL may be when pushed, it’s still delivering highly competitive performance, and it’s not completely unreasonable, in my opinion.

  7. Thanks for the great review! Looks like it’s still Zen 3 for me (if I were in the market for a new PC right now, and stuff could be found at MSRP).
  8. I’ll just keep plugging along with my 10850K. Maybe Alder lake will be a worthy upgrade in the future.
  9. I’m good with my Core i9-10900K. Intel just didn’t bring enough to the table with this one.
  10. I’m good with my Core i9-10900K. Intel just didn’t bring enough to the table with this one.

    It’s faster than the 10900K in everything except when the two extra cores help out in multithreaded scenarios. But I would never upgrade my CPU like I would a video card (every two years). Intel’s mistake was pricing the 11900K at the price point of the 5900X instead of the 5800X where it is competitive.

  11. Intel’s mistake was pricing the 11900K at the price point of the 5900X instead of the 5800X where it is competitive.

    More of a mistake when it comes to review comparisons, but perhaps less of a mistake when it comes to shoppers having to choose based on what’s available, maybe?

    I think Intel may be pricing retail up due to AMDs limited ability to supply consumer CPUs.

  12. It’s faster than the 10900K in everything except when the two extra cores help out in multithreaded scenarios. But I would never upgrade my CPU like I would a video card (every two years). Intel’s mistake was pricing the 11900K at the price point of the 5900X instead of the 5800X where it is competitive.

    That’s my point. It’s not enough of an improvement to justify the "upgrade."

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