Intel Core i9-11900K breaks records in Geekbench: Rocket Lake gives nearly 1900 points in ST

The benchmark of the fastest Intel Rocket Lake processor, Core i9-11900K, has appeared in the Geekbench database and it is confirmed that single-threaded performance will be extreme. Apple’s crest and its M1 seem to collide a bit.

Single-fiber performance ARM procesoru Apple M1 is cited by some commentators as proof that x86 processors belong to a museum, and that ARM is digging out of the world of computers. One of the things that was pointed out was the high performance of Apple cores in the Geekbench benchmark, where the M1 produces single-threaded scores of up to 1750 points, at the time of its release at the top. However, the 11th generation Intel Core processors for the desktop, aka Rocket Lake, seem to be able to achieve even more.

The score for the Core i9-11900K, which will be the most powerful Rocket Lake processor, has now appeared in this benchmark’s database. Although they still use an outdated (in terms of transistor density and power consumption, but not frequency) 14nm process, they have been given a new Cypress Cove architecture and, thanks to it, significantly higher single-threaded performance. According to Intel, IPC is up to 19% better than Comet Lake (10th generation) and at the same time the Core i9-11900K has the same high frequency – in Thermal Velocity Boost up to 5.3 GHz for one fiber.

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According to detailed data, the Core i9-11900K tested on the Z490 Aorus Master board (and 32 GB of memory) in the benchmark really reached the announced turbo frequency of 5.3 GHz. The single-threaded score was measured at 1,892 points, 8% more than those 1,750 points for the Apple M1 (and it must be said that although the range of results for Apple is smaller than the normal variability, many results in the database are lower than this number).

In the multi-threaded score, it is no longer so famous due to the energy (in) efficiency of the 14nm process, the Core i9-11900K has to underclock to lower cycles and has only eight cores. It gained 10,934 points, which is about what the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X can do (with much lower consumption). The Apple M1 can get some 7600 points.

Intel Core i9-11900K v databázi Geekbench (Zdroj: Geekbench)

Partial scores are more interesting information than total

It should be noted that Intel’s high score is aided by a cryptographic performance item, in which it has significantly “flying” performance thanks to the use of special instructions and the AVX-512 (Intel has a vector extension for AES). However, it is a special acceleration, which after reaching a certain throughput is probably not so important. Taking into account the other performance components, the Core i9-11900K is still cosmetically faster than the M1 in integer performance, but a bit slower in FPU performance – the differences are small in both cases, so Intel’s overall leadership seems to be pulling up cryptography.

(By the way – this only applies to single-threaded cryptographic performance. In the multithreaded test, Intel’s cryptography is already low and lowers the average. The reason is probably that in a multithreaded scenario, cryptographic acceleration performance is already hard-coded : Apple, on the other hand, will win significantly thanks to LPDD4X – 10150 points – against Intel with DDR4 and 8300 points.)

Partial score in Geekbench 5 for Intel Core i9 11900K Mac Mini
Geekbench 5 partial score for Intel Core i9 11900K Mac Mini (Source: Geekbench)
Partial score in Geekbench 5 for Apple M1 Mac Mini
Geekbench 5 partial score for Apple M1 Mac Mini (Source: Geekbench)

On the other hand, I suspect that the Apple processor’s overall score is up again – the macOS in Geekbench generally seems to perform better on the same hardware (some OC results trying to set records seem to use “hackintosh”). In contrast, the Rocket Lake test is in Windows 10, which should give Intel worse starting conditions.

So it is possible that with Linux, for example, the Rocket Lake processor will be able to climb even higher. Unfortunately, the Geekbench score is a bit unpredictable, with the same x86 processors scoring hundreds of points (and thousands of threads), probably depending on how many background tasks were running, how the frequency control behaved, and how much memory they had. An isolated score such as this one result must therefore be taken with great caution. For example, AnandTech reports a single-threaded score of only 1655 points for the Ryzen 9 5950X, but it seems that with these CPUs it is possible to squeeze up to almost 1800 points under better conditions…

In any case, this leak proves that Rocket Lake will be at the forefront in a single-core performance and will definitely not embarrass Intel. So it should also be a good gaming processor, so if you’re planning to buy an Intel platform, it’s worth the wait instead of buying the now commanding 10th generation Comet Lake. In multi-fiber performance and energy efficiency / consumption, of course, it will be infamous, but this was more or less expected in advance.

Intel Core i9-11900K Source: Intel

Gallery: Unveiling of Intel Rocket Lake processors and game benchmarks Core i9-11900K [CES 2021]

Resources: Geekbench, Tum apisak

Intel Core i9-11900K breaks records in Geekbench: Rocket Lake gives nearly 1900 points in ST

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