All the buzz and excitement that had hitherto trailed the Intel Core i7-11700K seems to be fading away after the processor officially hits the shelves, with early performance benchmark suggesting slower speeds than archrival, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X.
Although we expected the Rocket Lake-S CPU to launch at an event on March 16, it seems the product launched earlier than expected as German retailer Mindfactory reportedly listed the latest processor a few days ago, with a starting price of €469 (around $570 / £410 / AU$730). And as at the time of writing this report, the product page was still live.
People who were privileged to have purchased Intel’s latest CPUs have begun posting performance benchmarks to german-based forums like HardwareLuxx, ComputerBase, and PC games Hardware, giving the rest of us who are still yet to lay our hands on the product a fair idea of what to expect and whether or not it performs better than existing products on the market.
But just like every rumor in the tech world, we will urge you to take the leak with a grain of salt as the early launch date is yet to be addressed officially by the company. And for now, we can’t tell you for a fact if these purchases are 100% genuine.
But while we await an official statement from Intel, we want to give you some numbers to put into perspective.
To start with Intel Core i7-11700K reportedly scored 600 points in a single-core benchmark while it scored around 5,749 points in a multi-core benchmark. On the flip side, archival the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X pulled 622 points in a single core as well as 6,022 point in a multi-core benchmark.
Elsewhere, the results we are getting from other benchmarks like Clinbench R23 and CPU-Z also look disappointing as the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X completely dominated the i7-11700K on multi-core performance, regardless of the fact that Intel occasionally leads in single core.
But this performance benchmark doesn’t mean that the latest Intel CPU is bad, what it means is that Intel seems to be struggling against cheaper alternatives.