Intel Core i9-11900K review | TechRadar

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It’s disappointing that the Intel Core i9-11900K isn’t a bigger update. It, along with the rest of the 11th-gen CPUs, seem like minor refreshes to hold us over until something special comes along. That’s not to say that it isn’t a powerful desktop chip. It is and it can handle just about anything you want it to. With that said, it’s not a product that’s going to keep Intel relevant in an increasingly competitive market, especially with such impressive processors like the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X available. 

It’s no wonder considering that the Intel Core i9-11900K takes 10nm Ice Lake architecture and backports it to a 14nm process, for a more limited 8-core, 16-thread design. While it does have exceptional single-core performance, it just can’t keep up with the competition when multi-core processes enter the picture. That means this CPU is in a strange position in the market, as it’s not worth the price for anyone except gamers. Particularly, with Intel’s 12th-generation Alder Lake-S processors supposedly around the corner, rumored to arrive as soon as November 2021 with promises to crush AMD’s best in new leaked benchmarks.

There’s just not a lot to be excited about with the 11900K compared to other CPUs, especially since plenty of other processors can do better.

Intel Core i9-11900K review

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