Performance analysis and summary analysis
Before concluding, it is important to consider the less elegant part of Rocket Lake S processors and why it is so. As noted in the technical part of the review, the Cypress Cove cores in Rocket Lake S processors are cores originally designed as part of the transition plan of Intel For a more advanced production process of 10 nanometers. With the postponement of the process and the understanding left with the same old process of 14 nm, the development team of Rocket lake S was given the task of designing a processor with components that were adapted to certain envelopes of heat and frequencies, and to adapt them to completely different numbers.
To remind you, the graphics core of these 14nm processors is the same graphics core that we will encounter in Tiger Lake (11th generation) series mobile processors products in an advanced 10nm process. There, the composition of the graphic cores reaches up to 96 processing groups and here we meet the composition of only 32. It is possible that part of this decision is the very fact that the silicon area is larger per quantity Processors, As well as power consumption. It is very possible that we would have encountered slightly more meaty graphics cores had it not been for the ability to produce these processors in a more advanced process.
The same principle works with the same Cypress Cove cores. When we launched the exam system with Core i9 11900K With all the acceleration algorithms on, we saw while rendering the 360W power meter. This is a huge power consumption for a computer system with an 8-core processor when rendered. It reminds us of the numbers you see with 24 and 32 core processors on the platform Threadripper Modern while rendering.
When we turned off the same algorithms, we did lose about 5% performance Core Multiple, but power consumption shed 95W whole at effort. The consumption meter dropped from 360W to 255W in this mode. Not that the 255W power consumption of the entire computer system when rendered is a healthy number for a "only" 8-core processor, but the heat sink handled it easily in this situation.
God-Core The i5 11600K behaved very well in all power and heat emission tests, with the test system showing about 215W at maximum rendering effort. Used Cooling Noctua U12S with two fans, we realized a comfortable working temperature for our two processors of below 85 degrees Celsius even at maximum effort with a reasonable but audible fan speed.
The question mark of Rocket lake S
Among hardware professionals both in the media world and among end users, many questions may arise today. Some out of frustration, some out of legitimate curiosity and some perhaps out of confusion - who is the target audience of those Rocket Lake S processors that come to us that year where Processors Significantly advanced are expected to come out, and many months after the launch of Processors Already providing a great user experience for many?
I know that after over a decade of reviews Processors I also ask myself this question. I understand that Intel needs to launch products and align technological lines with competition and user expectations, but I can not help but wonder what would have happened if the "development efforts" of Rocket Lake S had not happened, and instead we would have received a refresh to the series Comet Lake S (Series 10) or not even anything new at all until the launch of a new bracket and a new platform later this year.
It is clear that working in the PCI-Express 3.0 standard for the platform when the competition offers the faster 4.0 standard since 2019 is not a particularly pleasant thing for Intel. It's also clear that using simpler graphics accelerators over more advanced ones is not something Intel likes, given the serious resources it has invested in developing a graphics division and the Xe 12th Gen, which is a graphics core based on the most promising architecture in the graphics world. Intel (The same architecture from which it is seen graphic cards Dedicated later in the year).
As part of our press conference rounds and conversations with executives Intel (Their sons are also Mr. Sharon Almoznino who leads the development of Rocket Lake S) We realized that we are before a new era of microprocessors from Intel, especially an era that begins after Rocket Lake S. Intel He last cheered to create at 14nm (we hope) in order to get a product that specializes primarily in gaming before we move into a completely foreign world in terms of hardware (Alder Lake generation). Intel has a big enough challenge in the war with 12- and 16-core monsters from the competitor.
Intel has promised that Rocket Lake S processors are the fastest processors for gaming today. From the exams we performed, it seems that for the most part this is true. Admittedly, performance differences between previous generation processors and especially versus processors AMD Are not large at all. politically correct - Core The i9 11900K is the fastest gaming processor today, given the titles we reviewed here. The question is how much will the user want to invest in a computer system that includes such a processor. This is a double investment in price for zero performance enhancement.
The Core i5 11600K too Brilliant gaming processor, And its cost is significantly lower. For about 1,275 shekels (there is also less for those who are looking for good), it can be a great replacement for the Ryzen 5 5600X for those who prefer the Intel platform and especially the availability of products on the shelf at the moment for purchase. We know thatAMD Suffers from a problem of hardware shortage on a scale far from that of Intel, Which recently took care of filling the shelves with 10th and 11th generation processors ahead of this launch. In addition, it is a cheap processor for a few hundred shekels compared RYZEN 5 5600X Currently.
We'd love to hear in the comments what you think about the launch of Rocket Lake S's processors Intel. Do you think this is the right move for the gaming world?
Stay tuned when we also review the processorsCore i7 11700K which is supposed to score at a higher cost to value ratio than that of Core i9 11900K and another processor from the series at a surprising and extremely competitive price which may become popular among budget-aware computer systems. We have also reviewed a number of reviews of motherboards with 500 series chipsets.
PS - I wonder if Intel Going to take advantage of the Alder Lake launch to think of slightly shorter names for its labs. Names like Core i9 11900K does not roll off the tongue easily. Still, maybe architecture And a new creation process is a good time to completely change the processors' names to something shorter.