An early Intel Core i7-11700 review pits the Rocket Lake-S processor against the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and the Core i7-10700 with some interesting results
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Intel is due to release its Rocket Lake-S processors next month, ahead of which Odd Tech Reviews has published a review about the Core i7-11700. We have already seen the Core i7-11700 on benchmarking websites in the last month or so, where it has outperformed the Core i7-10700K while coming close to the Ryzen 7 5800X. Odd Tech Reviews' video sheds more light on the Core i7-11700, but we should stress that he tested a Qualification Sample (QS), so its performance may not necessarily reflect that of retail units.
Nonetheless, Odd Tech Reviews has confirmed that the Core i7-11700 has a 2.9 GHz base clock, a 4.4 GHz boost clock and a 65 W TDP. The CPU also has a 115 W Power Limit 2 (PL2) with a 28-second Turbo Time Parameter (Tau). While the Core i7-11700 is a locked CPU, signified by the lack of a 'K' suffix in its name, its PL and Tau values can be modified in its BIOS settings.
Odd Tech Review conducted his reviewing using a Z590 chipset motherboard and DDR4-3200 RAM. We have included some results from the video below and have embedded the video itself. The results paint an interesting picture for a 65 W CPU, in our opinion, especially compared to the 105 W Ryzen 7 5800X. The Core i7-11700K should offer better performance than the Core i7-11700 with its 125 W TDP too.
We shall not repeat Odd Tech Reviews' analysis, but it seems that the Core i7-11700 could be a good choice for small form factor PCs going forwards. However, it is worth stressing that Rocket Lake-S is a stop-gap until Alder Lake-S though, which is also due this year. Additionally, AMD will supposedly release its Warhol desktop processors in Q4 2021, albeit on a revised Zen 3 architecture, rather than Zen 4.