Extremely expected: Several European retailers have listed 11 th-gen Intel processors, codenamed Rocket Lake. It’s a slim series, with only two meaningfully unique designs. It’s likewise a bit troubled, with fewer cores than the previous generation and higher rates across the board.

Rocket Lake does have something going for it, however– some good symmetry. It’s comprised of 6 hexa-core models and 8 octa-core designs. Good job, Intel.

The hexa-cores consist of the i5-11400, 11400 F, 11500, 11600, 11600 K, and 11600 KF. The octa-cores consist of the i7-11700, 11700 F, 11700 K, and 11700 KF, and the i9-11900, 11900 F, 11900 K, and 11900 KF. All designs include Hyper-threading.

While a conversation of rates is about to follow, this is a great moment to point out that for the simple overclocker, the 11700 KF (the most affordable overclockable octa-core model) is identically performant to the 11900 K. So for some, these rates are excellent; that can’t be denied.

Processor Cores/ Threads Base Clock (GHz) L3 Cache (MB) Overclockable Integrated Graphics
i9-11900 KF 8/ 16 3.5 16
i9-11900 K 8/ 16 3.5 16
i9-11900 F 8/ 16 2.5 16
i9-11900 8/ 16 2.5 16
i7-11700 KF 8/ 16 3.6 16
i7-11700 K 8/ 16 3.6 16
i7-11700 F 8/ 16 2.5 16
i7-11700 8/ 16 2.5 16
i5-11600 KF 6/ 12 3.9 12
i5-11600 K 6/ 12 3.9 12
i5-11600 6/ 12 2.8 12
i5-11500 6/ 12 2.7 12
i5-11400 F 6/ 12 2.6 12
i5-11400 6/ 12 2.6 12

As has happened in the past, Belgian seller 2Compute started a cascade of prices divulgence by listing the totality of the Rocket Lake series.

Prices varies considerably in between sellers, which is partly because of their various rates plans, and likewise partly because of their various locations. In many cases, prices for the exact same design differed as much as 30 percent in between sellers.

However, the numbers can be collated and compared to the MSRP and live prices of present generation items. We’ve created reasonable price estimates for all the processors based approximately on the mean cost, with outliers and other anomalies (like those that seem to consist of excessive tax) omitted.

In basic, the Rocket Lake processors are being noted for 10%to 20%more than their existing generation equivalents, with the margin increasing with the rate. Sometimes, the margin between the listings and the existing generation’s MSRPs is bigger, however the margin just brushes up against 20%when the listings are compared to the live costs on Amazon.

Processor Code 2Compute (EUR) Average (EUR) Typical (USD) Present generation equivalent MSRP (USD)
i9-11900 KF BX8070811900 KF 47580 500 600 472
i9-11900 K BX8070811900 K 49970 510 615 488
i9-11900 F BX8070811900 F 38420 410 495 422
i9-11900 BX8070811900 40810 440 530 439
i7-11700 KF BX8070811700 KF 35270 350 420 349
i7-11700 K BX8070811700 K 37660 410 495 374
i7-11700 F BX8070811700 F 28200 300 360 298
i7-11700 BX8070811700 30590 320 385 323
i5-11600 KF BX8070811600 KF 21900 220 265 237
i5-11600 K BX8070811600 K 24290 260 315 262
i5-11600 BX8070811600 20660 230 280 213
i5-11500 BX8070811500 18750 200 240 192
i5-11400 F BX8070811400 F 14550 150 180 157
i5-11400 BX8070811400 16940 180 225 182

Taxes left out.

Some seller data would recommend that Rocket Lake will be less expensive than the current generation. 2Compute is noting some of the most affordable prices for Rocket Lake, and some of the highest costs for the existing generation.

Nevertheless, as one commentator points out, that’s just real for 2Compute. On the whole, Rocket Lake tentatively appears to be a little bit more expensive than previous generations.

An 11600 KF might damage the 5600 X while at the same time outshining it. An 11700 KF could supply stiff competition to the 5800 X at a similar price. And, of course, the 11900 K could end up being the fastest gaming processor once again, which would give Intel some leeway on the rates.

Intel hasn’t shied away from going over Rocket Lake, and motherboard producers have each exposed a number of brand-new Z590 designs that will accompany the launch. The countdown will begin shortly. One of the sellers noting Rocket Lake even composes that they’ll receive stock before the end of the month.


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