With the release of Alder Lake looking more and more likely for early next year, Intel’s 11th Generation Core i7 CPU has seen a $40 discount as part of Newegg’s Gametober sale.
Right now, the Intel Core i7-11700K (opens in new tab) is down to $379.99 after a big price cut, plus it comes with a free Holiday Game Bundle featuring Crysis Remastered Trilogy and Humankind.
Intel Core i7-11700K: was $419.99, now $379.99 at Newegg with code GMETBRWK58 (opens in new tab)
With specs that make it practically as good at gaming as the Core i9-11900K, this chip brings seriously impressive performance for Intel gamers. Packed with integrated graphics, a max boost clock speed of 5 GHz and an 8 core, 16 thread setup with 16MB L3 cache, this is a seriously capable CPU.
As you can read in our Intel Core i7-11700K review, this CPU offers excellent performance for an 8-core chip. The iGPU is faster, PCIe gen 4 support gives you compatibility with the fastest storage you can buy right now, and performance is solid across gaming and applications.
In our testing, this i7 hit a 165.7 FPS average when playing Far Cry 5, which puts it just behind the bigger i9 sibling’s 168.3 FPS. As for productivity, the 11700K achieved a multi-core performance score of 162.6 (a geomean of Cinebench, POV-ray, vray, Blender, Handbrake and y-cruncher testing). That is just two behind the 164.6 ranking of the 11900K.
Our main critique was its price, which this 10% discount goes some way to resolving. So if you’re in need of a new Intel chip to turbo boost your build, this is a great option to pick up!
And saving a little bit on a CPU isn't going to be particularly useful for the value-conscious gamer at a time when even mid-range graphics cards are priced several-hundred dollars over their MSRPs.
As for the Crysis Remastered Trilogy, it's generally received underwhelming reviews from what I've seen. The first game's remaster is based on the heavily cut-down PS3/Xbox 360 port, ported back to PC, not the original PC version, so while the graphics have been improved in some areas, they have been downgraded in others. Crysis Remastered currently has a 52% positive score on Steam, if that's anything to go by. It might not be bad to get the trilogy bundled as an extra, but its probably not something worth going out of your way to pick up a particular piece of hardware for. The same goes for Humankind, which also received mixed user reviews.