The crowning achievement of Intel’s 11th generation Rocket Lake processors is the i9-11900K. This is the top-line enthusiast-level chip to be released along with the other headline CPUs of this generation like the i7-11700K and the i5-11600K. This powerhouse of a CPU is set to compete directly with the Ryzen 9 5900X from AMD’s new lineup of Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. With Team Red’s recent success in the CPU market, Intel is poised to strike back with the release of these CPUs in a few short days.
The i9-11900K is Intel’s attempt to steal back the crown from AMD and become the go-to for affordable and performance-packed CPUs for professionals in need of stellar single-thread performance as well as PC gamers looking to skyrocket their frame rates with lightning-fast multi-thread speeds. With CPUs and PC component availability at an all-time low, eager consumers looking to upgrade their rigs may want to turn to Team Blue’s new lineup while it is still in stock.
Intel Core i9-11900K Specifications
|CPU||Intel Rocket Lake i9-11900K|
|Integrated Graphics||UHD Graphics 750|
This 8 core 16 thread chip is the most powerful of Intel’s 11th generation based on their previous1 14nm node Cypress Cove infrastructure. While this CPU falls behind in terms of cores and threads when compared to the Ryzen 9 5900X, it delivers uncompromising performance that can rival Team Red’s flagship chip at a $10 MSRP discount.
Intel Core i9-11900K Release Date
The release of the i9-11900K has been grouped with the rest of Intel’s lineup with a prospective date of 3/30/2021. While many excited enthusiasts may want to get on-board and pre-order this CPU before the floodgates open and the stock runs dry, pre-orders have yet to go live on any major retailers for this particular CPU. Be sure to check back regularly to have the best chance at securing one of these top-tier CPUs for your rig.
Intel Core i9-11900K Price
Despite the lack of pre-order availability, a rough price for this CPU is known. The product page for the i9-11900K is live, and most have the CPU ranging from $539-$613. Compared to the Ryzen 9 5900X’s MSRP of $549, if you can find it anywhere without a scalper markup of at least 25%, Intel slides in right at the sweet spot as long as they stick to the lower end of that retail range. Those looking to spend a little bit less and stick with Intel will want to check out the i7-11700K at $399 or the i5-11600K at $269. But those looking for top-of-the-line performance will find exactly that with the i9-11900K.
Where to Buy the Intel Core i9-11900K
At the time of writing this, no major retailers have gone live with pre-orders for the i9-11900K. Product pages are live over at Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and Newegg. There is no listed price on Amazon as of right now, which makes Best Buy the tentative best place to pick this CPU up at $549. Alternatively, Newegg lists the chip at a much higher makeup of $613. These prices may fluctuate or change when the order pages go live, so keep checking back and make sure you stay up-to-date on any news if you want to get your hands on this high-demand CPU.