Intel is stepping up to the plate and squaring up against AMD’s recent release of the Ryzen 5000 series CPUs with their new line-up of Rocket Lake chips. With AMD’s recent domination of the budget and enthusiast-level CPU market, this new offering by Intel seeks to vie for the podium by providing feature-packed chips at compelling price points. For those looking to stick with Team Blue and get the most gaming and workstation performance on a budget, the Rocket Lake i5-11600K is a clear choice.
Intel Core i5-11600K Specifications
|CPU||Intel Core i5-11600K|
|Integrated Graphics||UHD Graphics 750|
The i5-11600K is a quick 6 core 12 thread CPU sporting Intel’s refresh of the Cypress Cover 14nm infrastructure. This powerful budget CPU rivals the performance of the Ryzen 5 5600X while offering integrated graphics and stunning single-thread performance. Check out the quick spec list below for the full details.
Intel Core i5-11600K Release Date
With the launch date of March 30th, 2021 a little under a week away, many online retailers have opened up the floodgates to pre-orders. With the volatile PC part market and scarcity of components across the board, grabbing one of these CPUs now while they’re still available will ensure that you actually get one for your rig at MSRP.
Intel Core i5-11600K Price
The i5-11600K is available for a reasonable MSRP of $269.99. Some pre-order sites like Micro Center are selling the CPU with a bit of mark-up, so watch out for other sites doing the same. After all, the competitive price point is what makes the i5-11600K a solid choice over its slightly more powerful, yet more expensive competitor the Ryzen 5 5600X. Team Red’s CPU will cost you $299 if you can manage to find one at MSRP in the current market. Compared to other Rocket Lake chips, the i5-11600K offers the most performance for mid-range builds without breaking the bank. The next step up is the i7-11700K, and that enthusiast-level chip retails for $399 on Amazon. Finally, blistering-fast speeds are available for a premium price by stepping up once more to the i9-11900K, which makes this Intel’s most performance-packed consumer-grade CPU to date. Pre-orders haven’t opened up for this CPU yet, but sites like Newegg and Best Buy list prices ranging from $549-$613.
Where to Buy the Intel Core i5-11600K
Pre-orders are flying out the door from all of the popular PC retailers. You can pre-purchase this in-demand CPU from Best Buy, Micro Center, Amazon, B&H, and Newegg. Each platform has slight price variations, but the best deal at the time of writing this looks to be over at Best Buy or Amazon where you can get it at its exact MSRP of $269.99.