Intel’s new series of Rocket Lake CPUs seeks to find a fresh foothold in a competitive market that has been recently dominated by AMD. Team Red’s recent offerings have set the bar with feature-packed chips that rivaled nearly every performance metric that Intel could muster. With impressive feature sets and an even more impressive price point, AMD posed a very real threat. Intel did not take this defeat lightly. They’ve come back with Rocket Lake to remind Team Red that they ruled this stomping ground for decades for good reasons.
The i7-11700K is Intel’s perfect melding of enthusiast-level performance at an affordable price point aimed at PC gamers and professionals in need of blistering speeds. With pre-orders available and a launch date that’s right around the corner, consumers are flocking to this powerful CPU that rivals the performance of AMD’s 5000 series lineup.
Intel Core i7-11700K Specifications
|CPU||Intel Rocket Lake i7-11600K|
|Integrated Graphics||UHD Graphics 750|
With 8 cores and 16 threads, the i7-11700K competes directly with the Ryzen 7 5800X. Intel came ready to the competition with a refresh of their popular Cypress Cove 14nm node infrastructure, pushing the limits of their past design to achieve staggeringly high clock speeds. Below you can check out the full spec sheet with all of the nitty-gritty details.
Intel Core i7-11700K Release Date
Consumers will want to move quickly to secure this in-demand CPU. While the i5-11700K doesn’t launch until 3/30/2021, concerns over shortages are still very present in the current market. Preorders are live on various online retailers while supply lasts. Securing one of these CPUs now could mean the difference between getting it at MSRP and fighting with bots and scalpers a couple of months down the line.
Intel Core i7-11700K Price
The i7-11700K is available at $399, continuing Intel’s Rocket Lake trend of undercutting the competition by setting their CPUs at a more affordable price point than the AMD Ryzen 5000 series. In fact, that price sets the i7-11700k right around $50 lower than the competing Ryzen 7 5800X. Compared to other Rocket Lake CPUs being released in a few short days, the i7-11700K steps up from the more budget-friendly i5-11600K priced at $269. Consumers looking for a middle ground between entry-level and full-on enthusiast machines will find it with the i7-11700K. For those looking to raise the bar and achieve the best performance that consumer-grade hardware can manage, the i9-11900K at $539-$613 will be a clear choice; however, preorders for the i9-11900K have yet to open up to the public market.
Where to Buy the Intel Core i7-11700K
With pre-orders already booming, consumers can pick this CPU up from popular retailers like Micro Center, Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and B&H. With many retailers upping the MSRP of this chip to the $420 range, consumers looking to land this high-quality CPU will want to turn to Micro Center’s online shop. If you don’t have a Micro Center nearby where you can schedule a pickup, then Amazon comes in with the next best price at $418.99