Question i7 10700k or 11700k?

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I am upgrading my pc and want to upgrade from an i5 6600k to either the i7 10700k or the 11700k. Which one of these should I go for? I know the 11th gen is newer but the 10th gen has a slightly faster clock speed. Any recomendations?
 

Lutfij

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What sort of a price difference are you seeing between the two? Also, what motherboard and rams will you be pairing with that processor? What sort of tasks will you be taxing your platform(without mentioning an etc. in that sentence)?

Also, as it's customary here, please list the specs to your current system like so:
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vladakv

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You have bunch of benchmark tests on the internet. I7 11700k with new bios update better performs in games then before.
Also there are pcie 4 for future gpus.
I switched from i7 10700k to i7 11700k and noticed a difference.
 

geofelt

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I7-11700K has some 19% better performance per clock.
I7-11700K has 16 threads and a passmark rating of 24162/3460. 3460 is for single thread.
I7-10700K also has 16 threads with a rating of 19449/3080.

12th gen also has a ipc boost;
I think the chip to get is the I5-12600K with 16(corrected) threads and a rating of 24464/4040.
 
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drewthebrave

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Not to raise a thread from the dead, but price is a pretty big factor, too. I snagged a 10700k from MicroCenter for $149 and can't imagine finding a much better deal.
Sure the 12700k is better, but it's also over $400 and requires a Z690 motherboard that starts at $200 and goes up from there. With only ~$300, I have a 10700k and an MSI Z490-A Pro motherboard. I started planning my build expecting to pay about $300 for a CPU alone (5600X), but I was flexible & patient and jumped on a great deal when it popped up.

Here's a comparison of the 10700k vs 11700k vs 5800X at Techspot. Performance is closer than you might expect. I'm sure the 12700k is even better, but you're going to pay a lot for that performance right now. As someone who has fared surprisingly well on my i7 4930k over the past ~8 years, I suspect OP's 6000 series i5 will be similarly blown away when they upgrade to a 10700k, 11700k, or whatever recent CPU fits their budget best. If the 12700k is the best fit, then more power to you! But for me, a reasonable budget is a big factor.
 

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I would only recommend 10th and 11th gen at this point if your on a strict budget and going for the 10400F/11400F or your dropping in an upgrade to an existing board. I don't know what the prices are like where you live but in the UK the 11700K doesn't save you that much over a 12700K. The latter being significantly better.

In regard to your original question though, I would take the 11700K, Rocket Lake is up to 19% faster in IPC terms and supports PCI-E 4 NVME SSD's which may be useful a couple of years for DirectStorage. If I recall correctly the all core frequency is 100Mhz lower on the 11700K, 4.6Ghz vs 4.7Ghz, this is too small a difference for the 10700K to make up the gap. It should be noted though differences in gaming are typically in the single digits. If the 10700K can be had for a bargain price it's still a very capable CPU. Price is the most important thing here, if it's too high you might as well get the latest.
 
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