New generation, old production procedure
Intel officially launches the series Core The 11th generation and we bring you a review of a pair of fresh and very interesting models. Will the gaming performance crown return to the company's arms? Answers inside
Today, Intel's 11th generation Core processors are officially available for everyone to purchase. We are here to explain the differences compared to the previous generation, to present the technological innovations and to objectively examine the performance of the new processors compared to their predecessors and also compared to competing processors on the part of AMD. All this, in order to answer the question - whether these processors keep their promises Intel When it comes to performance, especially when it comes to gaming performance.
For the first time in many years we are seeing a relatively substantial architectural change in the desktop processor structure at Intel. Up to the tenth generation, we saw processing cores of the same type we saw at the launch of the sixth generation. That is, from 2016 until today the same main processing cores that drive calculations within the processors have been based on a similar architecture, with certain parts of the processor changing slightly over the years. What we have seen since Skylake Generation of 2015 And so far it is that although Intel has remained in the same production process, its optimization has resulted in the ability to produce Processors Larger as the power-to-performance ratio continued to improve modestly. The last processors we saw with the same core architecture were a series Core In the tenth generation with Core i9 10900K at the top - a 10-core processor. Very respectable given the technological challenges.
Why technological challenges? Well, we know that when Skylake processors were launched nearly six years ago, Intel had clear plans for a gradual transition to a 10-nanometer manufacturing process, and from there to an improved 7-nanometer process by expanding production lines and replacing old equipment. The plans seemed simple and to the point (even for investors), and there were not many who doubted Intel's ability to go beyond those new manufacturing processes and continue to improve processor capabilities (it has done so successfully so far). The sequel is known to many, as production plans have been repeatedly rejected due to the inability to meet expectations and improvements in production processes and aggressive targets. After Skylake launched a series called Kaby Lake that was a relatively minor performance jump but due to a lack of competition from AMD we did not expect much beyond. Only then, when AMD returned to the game with Ryzen, did we begin to see a break with the Coffee Lake series that raised the maximum number of cores to six firstSeries 8) And then to eight with the Core i9 9900K In LGA1151 v2 bracket. Processors These have been praised mainly for gaming purposes.
The processing power per single core is what we know With Core i7 7700K, But the amount of cores and also the amount of cache memory continued to climb. These processors unfortunately came even with increased power consumption. The 9-core Core i10900 10K is a processing power peak that not many expected possible under a 14-nanometer manufacturing process, the same process that actually began with processors called Broadwell in 2015, Which have gained little popularity, But demonstrated interesting abilities. The ability of Intel Perform optimizations has reached serious heights.
While the official transition to advanced 10 nanometer processors has not yet been made (a procedure similar in transistor density to TSMC's existing 7nm), we receive a farewell gift to traditional desktop processors in the form of Rocket Lake S. processors. Generation 1200) contain a slightly different processing core architecture than the one we knew, called Cypress Cove. Cypress Cove cores are cores that were originally designed to form with the rest of the CPU components in an advanced 10 nanometer process but here received a transfer that would suit the older 10 nanometer process given the manufacturing and supply difficulties of Intel In the same process 10 nanometers is coveted.
The parts of the processor are different from those we have known so far, and the support for these protocols has also been changed and adapted to what we know from the last years of the computing world.
Finally - PCI-Express interface support has been changed from standard 3.0 to standard 4.0 and in addition we get 4 more channels compared to the amount of channels we knew with previous generation processors. Supported memory is still of type DDR4 When native support for all Rocket Lake S processors was upgraded to a frequency of 3200MHz instead of the lower speeds we saw in generation 10 such as 2666MHz or 2933MHz depending on Core i5 or Core i7 and above.
It also has an entirely new graphics core that replaces the UHD630's Intel. The Xe Graphics 12th Gen is Core A graphics that in terms of processing ability monitors far from what Intel has presented so far in the desktop market. There is hardware acceleration for the AV1 encoder at 10 bit color depth, and for the HEVC encoder at 12 bit color depth.
There are also new chipsets that accompany the 11th generation processors of Intel 500 Series. These motherboards have Z590, H570 and B560 advanced type connectivity USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 or simply connection USB Has a traffic speed of 20Gbps. The interface of the chipset with the CPU (DMI channel) has been inflated to double the traffic volume in order to provide a data transfer between them that will fit the same new interfaces (from 4 to 8 channels PCI-Express 3.0).
H570 and B560 based motherboards for the first time join the Z590 carrier in support for as fast memory as possible by the specific processor. That is, a processor combination Core i5 with tablet B560 Will not lock the user to memory running at only 2666MHz. Thus, the whole world of fast memory is opened up to the user who chooses components that are not necessarily the most advanced. Specifically, many motherboard manufacturers claim to support ultra-fast 4800MHz and higher memory.
In models that choose to implement this, WiFi 6E support will also be provided with a dedicated card that receives chipset processing. This is a particularly fresh and fast standard. As well as, support forThunderbolt 4 on top USB Type-C at a speed of 20Gbps or 40Gbps if the manufacturer decides to do so in one model or another.
If a user wants to use a tenth processor with the new motherboards, he can do so. They all come with natural support for tenth generation processors Intel. Admittedly, it is important to know that connectivity PCI-Express 4.0 will be supported to standard 3.0 and as a result the user may lose the M.2 interface adjacent to the processor which uses the same 4 additional channels received by Series 11.
These are the 11th generation processors launched today from the Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 series. The big technical difference compared to the previous series is that these processors are limited to eight cores for the most advanced of them. The highlight of Intel It is that thanks to the architectural changes, the 11 Series is becoming the leading and highly recommended for gaming and general use that caters to a moderate amount of cores as the core will intensify both speed.
The 3th generation Core i11 series is a series that does not exist. Intel Decided to take the tenth generation processors and refresh them with increased frequencies for stays in the LGA1200 bracket and delivery of products with a price tag lower than the $ 157 required for the Core i5 11400F (which you will hear in a future review separately). Also the Pentium brand that contains Processors Only two cores have a refresh to launch the 11th generation.
The processors under review
The first processor tested is theCore i9 11900K. This processor is claiming the crown of gaming performance from Intel. This is an 8-core Cypress Cove processor with a working frequency of 3.5GHz base to 5.3GHz turbo for a single core. This processor contains זיכרון Cache of 16MB and rated for a 125W heat envelope. Higher power consumption is actually expected when the turbo algorithm goes into operation for a limited time.
Another processor tested in this review is theCore i5 11600K. This processor fills the same popular marketplace thatCore i5 10600K filled so far, with six processing cores. The working frequency of this processor is 3.9GHz at its base up to 4.9GHz accelerated frequency. Depending on the number of cores, זיכרון The cache of this processor is 12MB. The heat envelope is similar to that of the 11900K and stands at 125W.
Both of these processors contain the same graphics core Xe 12th Gen with 32 processing sets and a working frequency of 1.3GHz. This is in contrast to processors with an F extension which do not contain a built-in graphics core. The price tags of these processors are also similar to the same price tags of the previous series at launch. are you-Core You will find the i9 11900K at a price of about NIS 2,650. God-Core i5 11600K costs about half of it, 1,275 shekels.
We got this pair of processors in an interesting set of Intel - The emphasis is clear. Processors These are mostly for games (still, to claim that you are good at things that require a high amount of cores when your tension has 12 and 16 cores would not be a smart move).
Before approaching the tests and results of the performance tests, it is important to know the methodology and some changes that are actually related to overclocking with the new processors - on the next page