Intel has officially introduced its 11th generation i9-11900K processor, and it is the company's first mainstream CPU that has received a major refresh of architecture since the Skylake line.
With a Core i9-11900K processor, Intel promises eight cores and 16 threads with a boost for a single 5.3GHz core, or a boost for all 4.8GHz cores. Intel also added support for DDR4 3200MHz memory (no overclocking) and enabled PCIe 4.0 support (for the first time for the company).
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Like the AMD Ryzen, 5000 series processors surpassed Intel's gaming performance solutions in several titles, it became clear that Intel needed an answer to the Ryzen 5000 series. That answer is the i9-11900K - a processor that the company claims to provide superior gaming performance, despite having fewer cores.
Intel points out that with the 11th generation Core i9-11900K processor, it has regained the lead in gaming performance, surpassing the performance of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X in various PC titles. Also, AMD's processor has 12 cores and 24 threads, which is 50% more than Intel's latest solution. With the accompanying chart, Intel claims to be a leader in gaming, but that remains to be confirmed even after the CPU tests.
Intel has not announced the price of the Core i9-11900K processor, nor the consumption of the model, so gamers will have to wait for tests before deciding to buy Intel's new processors.