Intel’s Core i5-11600K is its mainstream Rocket Lake processor for enthusiasts looking for a performance bargain. The 11600K is now selling for a record-low $219 after it ceded its spot on the best CPUs for gaming list to Intel's new 12th generation Alder Lake processors. The Alder Lake chips are the new "hotness" in the tech space, which means that now is the perfect opportunity to score a deal on 11th-Gen Rocket Lake processors.
The Core i5-11600K makes a great case for itself with a 6-core/12-thread configuration. It has a base clock of 3.9 GHz but can boost up to 4.9 GHz on two cores, or 4.6 GHz across all cores. The processor has an integrated UHD Graphics Xe GPU with 32 execution units, although most enthusiasts will pair the chip with a discrete GPU, preferably from among the best graphics cards.
Intel Core i5-11600K: was $299, now $219 at B&H
Intel's Alder Lake chips may be the how new thing, but the Core i5-11600K is a very capable gaming CPU, and a steal at under $220.
When it comes to performance, the Core i5-11600K trades blows with AMD’s Zen 3-based Ryzen 5 5600X (see our list of Ryzen 5 5600X deals to save on that processor). However, the Intel chip runs hotter due to its use of the aging 14nm process node, versus the TSMC 7nm process node for the Ryzen 5 5600X. We must also mention that Intel doesn’t include a CPU cooler in the box – as you would find in its AMD counterpart – so you’ll need to save room in your budget to wrangle this 125-watt TDP chip.
There are numerous 500-Series motherboards compatible with the Core i5-11600K, so you can “cheap out” with something like an H510 or go all-out with a Z590 offering. As for memory, the Core i5-11600K natively supports DDR4-3200 modules (albeit in Gear 2 mode). You can run DDR4-2933 memory in Gear 1 mode with the processor.
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