Intel Core i9-11900 smiles for the benchmark camera, tested on Z490

Intel's new Core i9-11900 benchmarked in the wild, the 8-core/16-thread CPU was boosting to 4.4GHz and keeping up with the 10900K.

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Published Sat, Dec 26 2020 11:18 PM CST   |   Updated Wed, Jan 20 2021 9:00 PM CST

Intel is currently cooking up its new Rocket Lake family of CPUs for 2021, with the new Core i9-11900 spotted in a new benchmark run in engineering sample (ES) form.

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The new Intel Core i9-11900 processor was tested inside of an MSI Z490I motherboard, meaning the new 11th Gen Core CPUs will work on the current-gen 400-series motherboards. There will be 500-series motherboards launched, but you shouldn't need them to use the new Rocket Lake CPUs.

The chip has 8 cores and 16 threads with a base CPU clock of 1.8GHz, 1-core boost of 4.4GHz and all-core boost of 3.8GHz. This is much lower than the Core i9-11900K which offers the same 8C/16T but at a much higher base CPU clock of 3.5GHz, 1-core boost of 5.3GHz and all-core boost of 4.8GHz.

Intel has a big difference between the clock speeds while maintaining the same core count and 16MB cache, but has a radically different TDP between the chips. The Core i9-11900 has a 65W TDP while the Core i9-11900K has a 125W TDP and will venture somewhere up into the 250W range while the Core i9-11900 will sit at around 120-125W under full load stress.

What's interesting here is that the Core i9-11900 scored 582 points in some early single-core benchmarks, and 5262 points in multi-core tests. The Core i9-10900K at 5.3GHz has an average score of 584 for single-core performance which means the Core i9-11900 is offering some great IPC improvements here.

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Rocket Lake desktop CPU features:

  • Increased Performance with new Cypress Cove core architecture
  • Up to 8 cores and 16 threads (Double Digit IPC Gains Over Skylake)
  • New Xe graphics architecture (Up To 50% higher Performance Than Gen9)
  • Increased DDR4 3200 MHz Memory Support
  • CPU PCIe 4.0 Lanes (Available on Z490 & Z590 Motherboards)
  • Enhanced Display (Integrated HDMI 2.0b, DP1.4a, HBR3)
  • Added x4 CPU PCIe Lanes = 20 Total CPU PCIe 4.0 Lanes
  • Enhanced Media (12 bit AV1/HVEC, E2E compression)
  • CPU Attached Storage or Intel Optane Memory
  • New Overclocking Features and Capabilities
  • USB Audio offload
  • Integrated CNVi & Wireless-AX
  • Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20G)
  • 2.5Gb Ethernet Discrete LAN
  • Discrete Intel Thunderbolt 4 (USB4 Compliant)
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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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