Intel Core i7-11700K Performance And Pricing Leak: Good Or Bad News For PC Gamers?

Intel’s new Rocket Lake CPUs will offer PCIe 4.0 support and will be released in Q1 2021

A large portion of Intel’s soon-to-be-released 11th Gen “Rocket Lake” CPUs have seen their retail prices leaked by an online retailer, while images and benchmarks are appearing of customers that appear to have bought Intel’s Core i7-11700K CPU well ahead of the launch embargo.

Intel’s Core i7-11700K

Cinebench scores reveal some exciting numbers for the new eight-core CPU, with a single thread score of 608 in Cinebench R20 a huge amount faster than the current mainstream desktop Intel flagship – the Core i9-10900K, which only managed 532 in my review of that CPU. However, it wasn’t quite enough to beat the Ryzen 7 5800X, which is AMD’s current fastest eight-core CPU. That said, the Intel CPU has a $15 lower asking price and with AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs often selling for higher than their MSRP and suffering from low to zero stock levels, there’s definitely a window of opportunity here for Intel to claw back some market share.


The multi-threaded test result, which I’ve added to my results below, shows Intel failing to topple the Ryzen 7 5800X again, with a score of 5,301 versus 6,109 and even the overclocked result from the leaked images pointed at a sub 6,000 point score – again too low to beat the stock speed AMD CPU. The images have been detailed over on Wccftech.

There is reason to be wary of the data, though, as new BIOS versions released recently for Z590 boards point at new speed-boosting features being introduced closer to the launch. As a result, the release of Rocket Lake is already exciting, but it will be particularly interesting to see if any more speed can be squeezed out of the chips before launch as this could easily turn into a much closer battle.

Meanwhile, prices have also leaked via retailer Milwaukee PC (via Wccftech) for Intel’s 11th Gen CPUs. These pitch the Core i7-11700K at the Ryzen 7 5800X, with just $15 separating them, although stock issues at the moment has seen prices sit much higher for many of AMD’s CPUs.

The Core i9-11900K’s price of $600 again means that it sits above the Ryzen 9 5900X, which has two more cores and four more threads and had a launch price of $549, but the latter has also been priced well above this and out of stock regularly too.

As well as performance, then, a lot will ride on whether Intel can firstly get stock on shelves in these difficult times and whether they will retail for the actual asking prices. Its 10th Gen CPUs have come back in favor with enthusiasts thanks to lower prices and better availability than AMD’s Ryzen 5000 CPUs. We’ll have to wait for launch day to see if Rocket Lake is a success.

I’ll be reviewing Intel’s CPUs when they land and comparing to AMD’s latest models as well as reviewing various Z590 motherboards so follow me on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Reddit for more PC hardware news and reviews.

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