It’s been about a month and a half now since AMD released their newest addition to the Ryzen CPU lineup, the 5000 series. And, if you haven’t been keeping up, the 5000 series CPUs are a brilliant new option for the PC gamers out there.
In fact, the new CPUs from AMD are so good that team red has finally been able to dethrone Intel when it comes to CPU performance for both gaming and everyday workload. Now, that might not sound like a massive achievement when it comes to performance and competition – but consider that these two companies have been locked in a performance-based competition for years, with Intel always squeezing out a performance lead over Intel for the past few years.
AMD taking the pole position then is no small thing, and taking over from Intel when it comes to the title of best CPU for gaming is a pretty sought after title.
But that might change based on the latest leaks to come out regarding the yet-to-be-released Intel Core i9 11900K Rocket lake CPU benchmark scores.
The new Core i9-11900K CPU is looking to be the newest flagship CPU for Intel users, and thanks to a recent benchmark leak from the Ashes Of The Singularity Benchmark, we now have a tangible frame of reference for how the CPU performance in relation to not only gaming, but also in comparison to a CPU from Intel’s current line-up.
Apparently, the i9-11900K will be capable of delivering 62.8 FPS whilst running at 1080p in Ashes Of The Singularity set at the Crazy mode video preset. According to the posted results, this was achieved with the game running on an RTX 2080 Ti and 32Gb of DDR4 memory. In comparison to the results from the current generations i9-10900K, the i9-11900K is apparently capable of performing 9% more efficiently.
A couple of things here are worth taking note of. Firstly, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950 X was tested with the same variables present, and the Intel i9-11900K beat it by 10% when it came to frames per second. This might not sound like an awful lot when it comes to performance differences, but it might be indicative of Intel positioning themselves to easily reclaim the mantle of best gaming CPU for the masses once again.
Now, we also know (thanks to earlier leaks) that the i9-11900K specifications are possibly going to include 8 cores and 16 threads, which could result in 16 Mb of L3 cache and 4 Mb of L2 cache – all very impressive, especially when you tie these specifications to the chips purported leaked bench stats. As far as overclocking these chips go, we still have a lot to see from official sources – but the outlook looks good, with some leaks suggesting that the 11900K will max out with a top boost clock of 5.2 GHz on one core, with an all-core boost frequency of 4.8 GHz (the same leaks suggest that the chip will have a base frequency of 3.5 GHz).
Realistically this news has some massive implications tied to it in the long term – but in the short term, it might not mean as much as you think.
So, yes. This could herald the return of Intel to the top of the CPU leaderboards – but the competition between them and AMD is going to be really tight – and really, the true winner is the consumer. Both of these different CPU selections are really solid, offering amazing gaming performance, and with the lack of stock on the shelves at the moment, more choice is going to mean more opportunity for people like us looking to upgrade.
And, really, learning that Intel might take over again as the new leader in CPU performance doesn’t matter that much right now. You can’t buy AMD anyway, so waiting for good competition between AMD and Intel is only really going to be benefitting the buyers.
The bottom line though is that it looks like Intel is on the path to create some of the newest and most powerful gaming CPUs on the market, and all we have to do is wait and see what results they are capable of!
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