Why Choose 11th Gen over 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors?

  • 11th gen Intel Core processors are based on newer core architectures that dramatically improve performance for gaming, creating, business, and everyday use.
  • 11th gen Intel Core processors are the first to feature Intel® Iris® Xe They also have up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes for the latest discrete GPUs.
  • 11th gen Intel Core processors use enhanced AI-based intelligent performance to accelerate task completion in productivity, creative, and other applications.
  • Select 11th Gen Intel Core processor families include Intel® Wi-Fi 6E—the biggest advance in Wi-Fi in 20 years—or Intel® Wi-Fi 6 solutions and Thunderbolt™ 4 technology to support faster, more reliable connectivity.

With Intel Core 11th generation processors, Intel introduced significant changes to their CPU line-up.  From the Core i5 (with six cores and twelve threads), through to Core i7 and Core i9 (both with eight cores and sixteen threads) Intel 11th Gen processors deliver a noteworthy boost in gaming performance with a 19% increase in instructions per clock (IPC) whilst supplying blistering clock speeds of up to 5.3GHz.

Which is Best for Gaming?

11th gen Intel Core processors elevate laptop and desktop gaming performance for all types of gamers.

For everyday gamers, the 25-watt Intel Core processor (U-processor line) with Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics delivers exceptional gaming frame rates, ultra-vivid visuals, and Intel Wi-Fi 6 or Intel Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. The U-processor line offers remarkable performance for people who like to game but aren’t looking for a professional level setup.

For laptop gamers, 35-watt 11th gen Intel Core mobile processors (H-processor line) deliver ultraportable gaming performance. With up to 5GHz, PCIe 4.0 for next-generation discrete graphics, and Intel Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) technology for massively reduced latency, these processors deliver the best balance of portability and elite gaming prowess.

For advanced PC gaming, the 11th gen Intel Core desktop processor family (S-processor line) delivers higher levels of game play, FPS, immersive realism, and seamless multitasking. A new processor core architecture, enhanced overclocking, up to DDR4-3200 memory speeds, advanced tuning and expandability, integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G), up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes, and more features increase gaming performance.

The 11th gen Intel Core processor (K-processor line) are available unlocked and can be overclocked to deliver even higher levels of performance when you need it most.

Check the end of an Intel processor product name to see its processor line, indicated with a “U, Y, H, or K” (e.g., i9-11900K).

Redesigned Processor Architecture

The 11th gen Intel Core processors debuted an improved desktop core architecture named Cypress Cove, which replaced their long-established Ice Lake 10nm architecture. Gamers and creators will experience significant performance benefits from the 14nm production process that enable higher frequency cores to deliver higher frame rates and lower latency during gaming. Additionally, Cypress Cove architecture introduced intelligent graphics capabilities, improved 3D performance, and faster image processing with Intel UHD graphics featuring new Xe graphics architecture.

11th gen also introduced AI-based intelligent performance, and best-in-class wireless and wired connectivity1 to push laptop and desktop performance to new heights.

Faster, More Reliable Connectivity

Intel Core 11th gen processors also introduced faster connectivity capabilities such as up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes, compared to the previous generation’s 16 lanes as well as additional slots for PCIe Gen 4 hardware like SSDs and graphics cards to offer enhanced performance. These additional PCIe lanes are supported by Intel’s H570, B560, and Z590 motherboards, but the entry-level H510 board will still be limited to 16 slots.

Intel Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) delivers nearly 3X faster speeds for exceptional wireless experiences.3 It was the biggest innovation in Wi-Fi technology in 20 years. Thunderbolt™ 4 provides a single, universal port for charging and connecting accessories2.

Revolutionary Intel® Xe Graphics

The Intel Xe graphics architecture supports incredibly rich entertainment experiences such as 4K HDR and 1080p gaming. Intel UHD graphics offer intelligent graphics capabilities such as faster image processing, improved 3D performance, and amplified visual complexity.

Intelligent Performance

Advanced, built-in artificial intelligence (AI) introduced further capabilities and works in tandem with the applications you rely on every day to optimise the speed and flow of tasks, making it easier to get things done.

Built for Business

11th Gen Intel Core processors enhance and transform business productivity and security for business users.  They are built on the Intel vPro® platform which is designed to deliver hardware-based security and modern remote manageability to IT along with amazing business-class PC performance gains for employees.

Intel Core i5 Processors (Entry – Level Gaming)

Over the last few generations, Intel has significantly increased the performance of their entry-level gaming processors. Intel Core i5 processors offer 6 cores and 12 threads, with the Core i5-11400F being able to boost up to 4.4GHz. The i5 line can deliver a solid level of performance when paired with a mid-level graphics card like the GTX 1660S that together create the perfect entry level gaming PC for any first-time PC gamer or any gamers who are on a budget. The i5 line can deliver high frame rates and higher resolutions on less demanding games, which makes this line the ideal platform for playing Esports titles like the Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Warzone, and many more.

Intel Core i7 Processors (Mid/High – Level Gaming)

The Intel Core i7 line is designed for gamers who want to achieve high performance when playing the most demanding games. Intel Core i7 processors offer 8 cores and 16 threads, with the Core i7-11700F being able to turbo up to an impressive 4.9GHz. A Gaming PC that features an Intel Core i7-11700F processor can take on the most demanding modern games when paired with the correct graphics card. The increased number of threads and cores in this line makes this CPU ideal for users that want to stream their high-quality gameplay or carry out intensive multi-threaded tasks like video editing and creating digital content.

Intel Core i9 Processors (Extreme – Level Gaming)

The Intel Core i9 line is Intel’s most powerful processor line featuring all the raw processing power needed to game, stream, or create content. Intel Core i9 processors are designed for ‘power users’ with this line boasting 8 cores and 16 threads, with the Core i9-11900K offering multi-threaded performance and clock speeds that can boost up to 5.3GHz with Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost Technology (Intel HT Technology). It is recommended to pair Intel’s flagship Core i9-11900K processor with a high-powered flagship graphics card to minimise CPU bottlenecking. The premier processing power of Intel’s i9 line can deliver a system that delivers premium performance when playing the latest games or carrying out CPU intensive tasks like streaming or creating rich digital content.

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1Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical laptop Wi-Fi products. Thunderbolt 4 is the fastest port available on a laptop, at40 Gb/s, as compared to other laptop I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB, and IEEE 1394 Firewire*.

2Not all features are available on all SKUs. Please check with your OEM for availability.

3Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification. 160 MHz channels and Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages enable significantly higher maximum theoretical PC client speeds vs.standard Wi-Fi 5 products.