Intel unveiled this Tuesday (16th) its 11th generation of processors, known by the code name Rocket Lake-S. The good news is that new desktop chips are compatible with 400 series motherboards, eliminating the need to purchase a new component if the user chooses to upgrade the CPU in the future.

The most powerful name on the list is Core i9-11900K, with eight cores, 16 threads, a maximum boost frequency of 5,3 GHz and support for DDR4 memories up to 3.200 MHz.


Considering that the Core i9-10900K, a top-of-the-line model from the previous generation, has 10 cores and 20 threads, the new chip represents a downgrade in this regard. However, according to Intel, this was due to a significant change in the microarchitecture of processors, now called Cypress Cove. The novelty replaces the Skylake microarchitecture, used by the company 2015 since. 

The company's argument is that the core count is not enough to dictate the raw power of a processor, its frequency speed, for example, is also a relevant factor. Therefore, according to Intel, the new chips will deliver more performance thanks to the 19% increase in IPC (instructions per cycle), compared to the previous generation.

More powerful than the Ryzen 9 5900X

Intel's new processor family promises more gaming performance. Image: The Verge / Reproduction

Benchmark tests also reveal that, in direct comparison to the Core i9-10900K - released in may from last year, the i9-11900K offers 8% to 14% higher performance in some games like “Microsoft Flight Simulator” and “Total War: Three Kingdoms”. Intel also claims that its top-of-the-line chip can outperform even the Ryzen 9 5900X from rival AMD in these securities, albeit by lower margins, between 3% and 11%.

The new architecture also brings other improvements, such as the integrated graphics 50% more powerful. However, considering that the processors are likely to be combined with a video card, this should not attract gamers' attention. 

Something worth noting is the compatibility with the Resizable BAR feature, which increases the frame rate per second in games on compatible GPUs from Nvidia and AMD. Finally, there is also integrated support for USB connection in version 3.2, which offers 20 Gbps bandwidth, as well as Intel's own Thunderbolt 4 technology.

Intel's 11th generation processors will hit international retailers starting today. In the US, the i9-11900K will sell for $ 539 (about R $ 3.030), while the i7-11700K intermediate chip costs $ 399 (R $ 2.245 in direct conversion). The most basic model in the line, the i5-11400 with 6 cores and 12 threads, will sell for US $ 182 (about R $ 1.025).

Street: The Verge