Intel Core i9-11900K and Intel Core i5-11600K Review

Layout, design and features …

Let’s take a look at the Intel Core i9-11900K from the front again as an example. In addition to the type description, we also find the serial number, the clock frequency and the Intel product code on the heatspreader.

The underside is littered with 1200 tiny contact surfaces.

By the way, the Intel Core i-11000 product line of the 11th generation is again available as Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9. Unfortunately, Intel takes a step back in terms of the number of cores with the 11th generation and the i9 “only” has 8 cores. Therefore, it only differs from the i7 in terms of higher clock rates. The 10 generation, on the other hand, offered clearer gradations with 10 cores for the i9, 8 cores for the i7, and so on.

What is pleasing on the other hand is the fact that you can also use 11 CPUs on Socket 1200 motherboards with a 400 chipset if you want to. However, only the 500 chipsets offer PCIe 4.0, which provides a decent performance boost, especially with compatible NVMe SSDs.

By the way, those who were worried about their current cooler can also breathe a sigh of relief. You can install pretty much every current cooler on the Socket 1200, which also fits on 115x sockets.

Next, let’s take a look at the installation and the Rocket Lake test setup …