News Pre-Binned Rocket Lake CPUs Go On Sale: 5.1 GHz Core i9-11900K at $879

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Back to the Great Computer Divide of the 70's - 90's. Guess the Capitals had enough of Retail Consumers > Corporations.
 
However, the odds might not be too bad for consumers that want to take their chances at the silicon lottery. According to Silicon Lottery, 100% of Core i9-11900K samples can hit 4.9 GHz across all cores. Even 73% of the samples got to 5 GHz without hiccups. However, only 29% could do 5.1 GHz.
If 100% of their 11900K samples hit 4.9 GHz and 73% hit 5.0 GHz, then that means by buying one from them for $620, you are paying a big premium for one of the 27% worst-overclocking 11900Ks. By buying a random one at retail, chances are in your favor that it would overclock better. And even at the processor's $540 suggested pricing, it was widely considered to be a terrible value with mixed performance compared to its predecessor due in part to the reduction of cores, effectively making it nothing more than a binned i7.
 

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27% of all can hit 5.1Ghz? Unbelievable, all of their review kits with $500 motherboard, high end 360 AIO hit 5.1-5.2 and all fanboys was ready to pass 5.3 with $100 B550 board and $40 cooler. At least that was the plan to beat Zen 3 for cheaper and now they wont pass 5ghz, how sad, only if they know that Intel already give all binned samples for reviews
 
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27% of all can hit 5.1Ghz? Unbelievable, all of ther review kits with $500 motherboard, high end 360 AIO hit 5.1-5.2 and all fanboys was ready to pass 5.3 with $100 B550 board and $40 cooler. At least that was the plan to beat Zen 3 for cheaper and now they wont pass 5ghz, how sad, only if they know that Intel already give all binned examples for reviews
I think you meant B560. They would definitely have trouble getting those processors to run on a Ryzen motherboard. : D

In any case, Silicon Lottery's overclocking numbers are not necessarily directly comparable to those found in reviews, since they may err on the side of stability a bit more than the typical reviewer. They are probably slightly understating the maximum clock rates they could push to account for uncertainties of the hardware their customers will be pairing the processors with.
 

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27% of all can hit 5.1Ghz? Unbelievable, all of their review kits with $500 motherboard, high end 360 AIO hit 5.1-5.2 and all fanboys was ready to pass 5.3 with $100 B550 board and $40 cooler. At least that was the plan to beat Zen 3 for cheaper and now they wont pass 5ghz, how sad, only if they know that Intel already give all binned samples for reviews
Silicon Lottery tends to stay relatively safe with the voltages, because they can't accont for the cooling solutions that their customers use. It's likely that a majority of samples can reach 5.2 GHz with higher voltages.
 
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Well and good you get a pre binned/pre-tested cpu that touches 5GHz. However, after spending $800 to $700, nothing changes the fact that a home business is unable to afford one the customer service of a reputable and established vendor. Furthermore, a used cpu, there is no guarantee that handling/testing was pristine and performed without damage.

I recently had a problem with the RocketLake, I could not get it to boot, even after testing it on 3 different motherboards.

Overnight, it back to Silicon Lottery, the respond I got threw me off: “The CPU has been physically damaged by an end user. An SMD has been knocked off which will prevent proper functionality. This is not something covered under our warranty.”

How the SMDs fell off is beyond me?! This is not my first rodeo, I’ve been building systems the last 3 decades since the pentium and pentium pros. I am extra careful when handling any components. The point is, that if I had purchased the processor from an established vendor, it would have been replaced, in a heartbeat, like the 2 motherboards I returned?!

I spent $700/$800 for an open box used cpu from a 3rd party vendor, with no customer support what so ever; it’s junk today. I am getting a new replacement, an i9-11900K and only paying $449 sealed box and secured for returns if defective, vs $800 with no guarantees and absent of defect coverage/support.

I would never purchase a used or pre tested processor again, definitely not for more that it’s actual market price for any speed, not from Silicon Lottery. I thought I was supporting a small business to begin with, but the home business does not protect me. I would suggest that reviewers should warn fans and readers of the pit falls when dealing with a no name, no coverage, no protection home business.

Caveat emptor,
 

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