Question Would you buy a 10900K or an 11900K to upgrade your rig?

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Looking for opinions from current owners of the 10900K/11900K. I would be upgrading my rig from 7700k so this is not a question of upgrading from the 10900K to the 11900K as most people seem to be in agreement that is not a significant upgrade or even a downgrade considering the 10 cores vs 8 cores. I was originally thinking of going with the 11900K since it has the PCIE 4.0 compatibility. From what I have read that isn't going to make much of a difference in gaming. I was running a 1080 ti and it died so I have bought an MSI 3080 Gaming Z Trio. I don't need the fastest pc on the planet and I think either CPU with a 3080 is going to be a significant upgrade from my current rig.

I have also read as much as I can find on the Alder Lake 12000 series but they seem to be geared towards Windows 11 and efficiency. Not crazy about being an early adopter either. Maybe some day after they have addressed the inevitable bugs.

My 7700K is OC'd to 5.0GHZ and gets up to a max of 76C during gaming. That is just the peak reading and it normally runs quite a bit cooler than that. I have a 360mm AIO exhausting out the top of my Corsair 780T case. Huge case with a lot of airflow. I know the 10900K/11900K use a lot of power and run hot. Anybody having problems keeping it cool with an AIO at 5.2 to 5.3 GHz?

For now I am using a 1440P/165Hz/1ms/Gsync Predator monitor. I may upgrade to a 4K that is 32"/4K/144Hz/1ms/Gsync at some point.

I am thinking of the following specs for upgrading rig:

Same case, Corsair 780T
Same AIO, Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm
Asus Maximus XIII Hero motherboard
32 GB ram probably from Corsair Vengeance line. Either 3200 or 3600MHz
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB x 2. One for OS and programs and the other for games
1000W PSU mfg to be determined after more research
MSI 3080 Gaming Z Trio
 
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The Ryzen 5000 series can easily go toe-to-toe (i.e., within 10%) against the i9-11900K, with the 5600X easily keeping up with it. So no, AMD's processors are not slower at gaming.

Between the two i9s though, personally I'd go with whatever is later unless the earlier models can do something that I can't get out of a later one for some reason.
 
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The Ryzen 5000 series can easily go toe-to-toe (i.e., within 10%) against the i9-11900K, with the 5600X easily keeping up with it. So no, AMD's processors are not slower at gaming.

Between the two i9s though, personally I'd go with whatever is later unless the earlier models can do something that I can't get out of a later one for some reason.
I edited my OP and removed my comment about AMD since I don't want this post to turn into a debate over AMD vs Intel. Thanks.
 
Looking for opinions from current owners of the 10900K/11900K. I would be upgrading my rig from 7700k so this is not a question of upgrading from the 10900K to the 11900K as most people seem to be in agreement that is not a significant upgrade or even a downgrade considering the 10 cores vs 8 cores. I was originally thinking of going with the 11900K since it has the PCIE 4.0 compatibility. From what I have read that isn't going to make much of a difference in gaming. I was running a 1080 ti and it died so I have bought an MSI 3080 Gaming Z Trio. I don't need the fastest pc on the planet and I think either CPU with a 3080 is going to be a significant upgrade from my current rig.

I have also read as much as I can find on the Alder Lake 12000 series but they seem to be geared towards Windows 11 and efficiency. Not crazy about being an early adopter either. Maybe some day after they have addressed the inevitable bugs.

My 7700K is OC'd to 5.0GHZ and gets up to a max of 76C during gaming. That is just the peak reading and it normally runs quite a bit cooler than that. I have a 360mm AIO exhausting out the top of my Corsair 780T case. Huge case with a lot of airflow. I know the 10900K/11900K use a lot of power and run hot. Anybody having problems keeping it cool with an AIO at 5.2 to 5.3 GHz?

For now I am using a 1440P/165Hz/1ms/Gsync Predator monitor. I may upgrade to a 4K that is 32"/4K/144Hz/1ms/Gsync at some point.

I am thinking of the following specs for upgrading rig:

Same case, Corsair 780T
Same AIO, Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm
Asus Maximus XIII Hero motherboard
32 GB ram probably from Corsair Vengeance line. Either 3200 or 3600MHz
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB x 2. One for OS and programs and the other for games
1000W PSU mfg to be determined after more research
MSI 3080 Gaming Z Trio
You might want to wait until the reviews on Alder Lake come out next month.
 
I'd still wait for Alder Lake's launch/reviews just to see what potential gains in gaming one might be passing up for a jump to Win11 a few weeks from now....

No reason to dump that much money into a 10900K/11900K only to know it has then been possibly surpassed in gaming two weeks later by a 12700K or 12600K....(not sure if that would ever happen, but, I'd sure resist the urge in buying with potentially only a couple/few weeks to wait...; the 10900K or 11900K will not suddenly be slow, of course, however, but, it's gaming performance might be equaled at a lower price point by Alder Lake!)
 

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I went the more budget friendly route. i9-10900F, removed power limits. This was a savings for me, since it lets me re-use my CPU block one last time. i9-10850K would have been alright, but at the time was much more expensive. Still get 5.1 and 5.0 regularly on the desktop, and under a benchmark never drops below 4.6Ghz.

If you are getting a new motherboard, I would agree on waiting as well. Price and availability might be hard to deal with, but the older CPUs should still be around.
 

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The i9-11900K is going to be better because of the better IPC and single thread performance.
That is most applicable for games.
Here are the passmark performance numbers:
I9-10900K 20threads 23968/3168
i9-11900k 16threads 25594/3462
I7-7700K 8 9689/2745

I would not try overclocking.
It is usually best to let the system turbo up a few cores when the need is there and conditions are right.


FWIW, on a simple CPU-Z stress test, my I9-11900KF peaks at about 73c.
using a noctua nh-d15s in a well ventilated case.

With the impending intel launch, look for the 12600K which leaks indicate will beat either.
 

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I ended up buying a Ryzen 5900x. LOL. I kept researching and the fact that it has 12 cores, runs on less power which means lower temps and that it pretty much keeps up with the Intel CPU's in gaming even though it has a lower clock speed made more sense. Not to mention it destroys the Intel CPU's with tasks. With the current shortage of GPU's and CPU's it is hard to say if the Alder Lake CPU's will even be available for purchase any time soon. Repeat of 3000 series GPU's?? After reading that nobody had 5900x's in stock I was able to buy one from Newegg. Alder Lake may be significantly faster but I feel confident that a 5900x/3080 combo will keep me going for quite a few years with excellent performance.
 

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