Leaked results from Intel’s upcoming Rocket Lake CPU have suggested that the new Core i7-11700K could be more competitive with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series than what we saw with the 10th Gen family.
In two separate tests that both utilized the Z490 Aorus Master board and 32 GB RAM, the i7-11700K pulled out single-core scores of 1,807 and 1,810 points and multi-core results of 10,673 and 11,304 points.
The new Core uses 8 cores and 16 threads and has clock rates that go from 3.60 GHz to 5.0 GHz.
Intel Core i7-11700k performance Comparison:
As shown above, the i7-11700K shows great performance and stands up well against the previous-generation Comet Lake chips. The maximum we recorded in a test with the powerful 10-core, 20-thread i9-10900K was 1,449 points and 11,414 points, respectively.
While the two extra cores deliver a similar multi-core performance, the single-core result for the Intel Core i7-11700K is +24.9% ahead, and this goes up to +28.8% if using Geekbench’s average score of 1,405 points for the older Comet Lake CPU.
Comparison with AMD:
The new results show Intel’s Core i7-11700K outperforming the Ryzen 7 5800X by about 9 percent in both single-threaded and multi-threaded code. This is not necessarily unexpected. While Rocket Lake is still a 14nm CPU, it represents the first new desktop CPU architecture for Intel since 2015. It’s based on the Cypress Cove CPU core, which is itself a backport of the 10nm Sunny Cove CPU core that Intel introduced back in 2019.
The Rocket Lake chip is +8.71% over the Ryzen 7 5800X and +7.61% over the Ryzen 9 5950X when it comes to those single-core comparisons.
The Ryzen 7 5800X is still slightly better than the i7-11700K with multi-core benchmarks, and it is also an 8-core chip. The Ryzen 9 5950X with its 16 cores is up to +49.42% over the Rocket Lake chip in multi-core processing, as it should be with twice the cores.
There is no denying that the Intel Core i7-11700K is a decent part, and its existence might help drive down Zen 3 processor prices, but this is still Intel’s next-generation of chips competing with AMD’s last generation.