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Somebody stole and reviewed an Intel i7-11700K engineering pattern, a.ok.a. Rocket Lake

Somebody stole and reviewed an Intel i7-11700K engineering pattern, a.ok.a. Rocket Lake

One thing to sit up for: The 11700K may carry out equally to present flagships, or it may carry out higher if Intel refines it forward of launch. We do not usually condone reviewing processors forward of the embargo, because it is not truthful on different publications, however it’s fairly humorous when it is for revenge. Moreover, what a few of these numbers present, significantly the ability draw and temperature assessments is that his engineering pattern is simply partially exhibiting what the ultimate CPU will supply.

4 years in the past, Intel closed up store in Romania. They’ve continued to promote their processors there however with no native workplace, their media help has been woeful, says lab501, an area tech publication. Of the 21 Intel processors lab501 has reviewed since being left within the lurch, 5 got here from Intel’s UK workplace (all arriving after the evaluate embargo had lifted), 12 got here from their associates within the trade, one they bought themselves, and three extra got here from nameless trade sources.

These three chips, an 8700K, an 8600K, and a 10980XE, brought on some bother for Intel. As soon as lab501 stopped receiving evaluate samples from Intel, they stopped being beholden to the evaluate embargoes. When the chips they’ve reviewed have been offered by their trade associates, they’ve revered the embargo for his or her associates’ sake. However when the chips have arrived with out Intel’s permission, they’ve printed their opinions forward of time – a lot to Intel’s chagrin.

Now, lab501 has examined an 11700K engineering pattern earlier than the processor could possibly be formally revealed. Admittedly, there’s not a lot left for Intel to disclose. It is usually recognized that the processor can have 8 cores and 16 threads, will use a variant of the Cypress Cove structure, and have a lift clock of round 5 GHz. However there’s been fiery debate surrounding the processor’s efficiency.

On one hand, it is acquired the identical core/thread configuration as the previous 10700K, and related clocks. Alternatively, it ought to have an IPC (instruction per clock) benefit over its predecessor, however that might come at the price of energy effectivity. In lab501’s testing, it was discovered that, on common, every little thing balanced out roughly the way you’d anticipate.

A precursor to the outcomes of the testing: engineering samples and remaining launch samples are bodily totally different in some ways, so these outcomes aren’t indicative of ultimate efficiency. Future microcode revisions and BIOS updates can even alter efficiency.

However with out additional ado:

In artificial multi-core testing, the 11700K carried out higher than its predecessor however worse than the 10-core 10900K, as anticipated. In artificial single-core testing, it often outperformed all earlier Intel processors to roughly match the most recent AMD processors.

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In video games, it carried out equally to different flagship processors just like the 10900K and 5950X. Its efficiency was very distinct from these different processors– oftentimes, it had oddly excessive or low minimal framerates, and in some video games it struggled unexpectedly. Maybe defined as a result of that is once more, an engineering pattern. General, although, it wasn’t higher or worse.

To summarize, the 11700K may carry out equally to present flagships, or it may carry out higher if Intel refines it forward of launch… Not an thrilling conclusion, I will admit, however what did you anticipate?

The ability draw and temperature assessments show simply how unfinished this processor is: beneath a Prime95 load, it concurrently consumed an unprecedented quantity of energy for an octa-core processor whereas operating as cool as a hexa-core. This would appear to point that the BIOS and clock desk had been written too conservatively (in different phrases, it may’ve been clock increased).

Mainly, we have discovered nothing, besides that reviewers do not like being screwed over. Keep tuned for our evaluate that includes correct knowledge and significant conclusions.

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