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11th Gen Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors

Intel helps power the world’s fastest gaming desktop PCs with the 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900K processor.

We’re introducing Intel’s fastest gaming processor with the 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900k processor and you can gain a competitive edge in both work and play. Prepare to unleash your ideas like never before, enjoy and share incredible PC gaming or get work done in less time.

When it comes to your desktop PC, you can’t have too much speed. Whether enjoying the latest games or getting more done with the latest productivity apps, processor speed matters. That’s why Intel engineers developed Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB).1 By enabling processor speeds of up to 5.3GHz right out of the box, you’re free to enjoy fast performance—whatever you’re looking to accomplish.

Sometimes you need your PC to bring an extra boost—whether it’s transcoding that 4K video edit or launching that new game you just installed. Now, with Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, you can experience an automatic performance boost when running lightly threaded applications. And with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) now available across the entire 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family, you can multitask with confidence, and do more simultaneously, no matter which Intel® Core™ processor you choose.

Your PC runs at its best when its components work great together. System RAM plays a vital role in helping to enable smooth, responsive performance. With select processors supporting the latest cutting-edge DDR4-2933 RAM speeds3 4, you can be confident that your entire desktop PC platform will be able to offer exceptional responsiveness.

By collaborating with over 200 top independent software vendors, Intel’s engineers have worked tirelessly to ensure that many of today’s most popular games, game engines, and middleware run great on Intel® processor-based desktop PCs and help enable elite gaming experiences. By focusing on things like high frame rates, exceptional visual fidelity, and smooth game play, Intel continues to show our commitment to bringing exceptional gaming to life. When you want to play with your desktop PC, you can make the most of it with performance from Intel.

Up to

4.8 GHz
  • Clock Speed with All-Core Turbo Frequency

Up to

5.3/4.9 GHz
  • Clock Speed with Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB) Frequency Single/All-core Turbo

Up to

5.2 GHz
  • Clock Speed with Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency

11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900K Processor

Intel’s Fastest Gaming Processor

Get Amazing Overclocking Headroom

With an Unlocked 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor

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Seamless Connectivity & Stunning Visual Experiences


Unleash the flexibility to do more with best-in-class connectivity, immersive entertainment and enhanced streaming.

Enjoy fast transfers of large files with greater than 2X the network speeds5 6 of 1GB Ethernet—no new cabling required. New 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor-based desktop PCs support the new Intel® Ethernet Connection I225. Or cut the cord and take things wireless with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201.

Wi-Fi 6 networks deliver enhanced performance to PCs with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), even when many devices are connected simultaneously.5 6

You don’t have to suffer through long wait times, frequent buffering, and glitchy gaming—experience faster Wi-Fi performance with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) PCs, even on home networks with a growing variety of devices.

Smooth streaming and HD entertainment enable immersive, full-screen 4K and 360° viewing. Tackle that PowerPoint, polish some photos in Lightroom, or stream back-to-back episodes of your favorite Netflix show, all with the confidence that you’re getting the performance you need, when you need it.

You’ll be able to experience more responsive online experiences and file transfers, nearly 3X faster downloads, and more reliable connections with support for the latest generation of gigabit Wi-Fi. Who wouldn’t appreciate the freedom and flexibility to connect anywhere throughout the home or office?5 6

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Advanced Tuning Support


Gain ultimate control when overclocking your processor and key system components with features enabled by new unlocked and overclockable 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. For those looking to push the limits of performance when gaming or running demanding productivity applications, overclocking is your path to a higher level of experience. Precisely tune and get even more performance from unlocked 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with new precision overclocking controls designed for gamers, content creators and overclocking enthusiasts.7

Get precise control when pushing the limits of performance with new Enhanced Voltage Frequency Control. You’ll be able to dial in your processor’s GHz when setting the speed of your processor above the factory default settings.

For a visual experience that goes beyond the limits, new PCIe* Overclocking enables the overclocking of discrete graphics performance to push the visual envelope. With new Per-Core Hyper-Threading Controls, experienced overclockers can opt to turn Hyper-Threading on or off on a per-core basis for even more granular control.

If you’re ready to take advantage of advanced tuning support to overclock, look for the letter “K” in a processor number—this is your sign that it’s unlocked and overclockable.

Choose the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor That Fits You

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“Unlocked” 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

Unlocked 10th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors are optimized for enthusiast gamers, overclockers and serious content creators looking to take advantage of amazing overclocking and unleash the performance capabilities of these new processors. With an optimal balance of frequency, cores and threads, advanced tuning support, and blazing connectivity, unlocked 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors supercharge desktops for a competitive edge.7


Take full advantage of these unlocked processors by downloading Intel® Performance Maximizer (Intel® PM). This Intel-exclusive software application can help you dynamically dial in your system’s optimal performance based upon your processor’s unique performance DNA. Or, if you’d prefer to go hands-on, check out Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU), which helps you directly adjust your processor’s settings and perfect your overclock. For added peace of mind, choose the Intel® Performance Tuning Protection Plan (Intel® PTPP), which lets you claim a free replacement processor in the unlikely event that yours fails due to overclocking.

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“Locked” 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

10th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors are built for the everyday desktop user; this platform delivers amazing performance for everything from mainstream gaming and creation to productivity. With an optimal balance of frequency, cores and threads, and blazing connectivity, 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors supercharge desktops and All-in-One (AIO) PCs for premium performance.

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10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors Requiring Discrete Graphics

10th Gen Intel® Core™ “KF” and “F” SKU desktop processors are built for gamers and creators with the same 10th gen innovations, specifications, and performance, but without processor graphics features. As a result, they can deliver added value when CPU performance is the top priority. With an optimal balance of frequency, cores and threads, optional advanced tuning support7, and blazing connectivity, 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors supercharge desktops for competitive and premium performance. Processors with a “KF” in their processor number also offer overclocking capabilities.

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Take Advantage of 10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor

Whether you’re looking to fully experience the latest games and entertainment or boost your productivity when creating or running the latest business productivity apps, Intel’s newest lineup of desktop processors delivers powerful features that empower you to do more.

Features at a Glance

Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost Technology1 Gamers and creators get up to a blazing 5.3GHz, right out of the box, for fast performance.
Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Delivers an automatic performance boost on lightly threaded applications.
Support for Up to DDR4-2933 Memory4 Enjoy smooth game play, immersive realism, faster multitasking and productivity when creating.
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) Now available across the entire processor stack—from the entry-level Intel® Core™ i3 processor to the incredible Intel® Core™ i9 processor.
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology Support Travel light, game heavy, and save expansive game libraries and files to an external Thunderbolt™ 3 technology SSD. Thunderbolt™ 3 ports are the fastest USB-C available, so you can take Thunderbolt™ 3 technology SSDs to LAN parties and play games with lightning-fast data transfers of huge files.
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10th Gen Intel® Core™ Desktop Processor Comparisons8

  CORE i9 CORE i7 CORE i5 CORE i3
Maximum Base Frequency (GHz) 3.7 3.8 4.1 3.8
Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost Technology Single / All Core Turbo Frequency (GHz) Up to 5.3/4.9 n/a n/a n/a
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 3.0 Up to 5.2 Up to 5.1 n/a n/a
Intel® Single Core Turbo Frequency Up to 5.1 Up to 5.0 Up to 4.8 Up to 4.6
Max Number of Cores/Threads Up to 10/20 Up to 8/16 Up to 6/12 Up to 4/8
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Smart Cache Size (MB) Up to 20 Up to 16 Up to 12 Up to 8
Memory Type Support4 Up to DDR4-2933 Up to DDR4-2933 Up to DDR4-2666 Up to DDR4-2666
Number of Memory Channels 2 2 2 2
Intel® UHD Graphics 630 630 630 630
Graphics Dynamic Frequency (MHz) Up to 1200 Up to 1200 Up to 1200 Up to 1200
Intel® Quick Sync Video Yes Yes Yes Yes
Processor Core/Graphics/Memory Overclocking7 Intel® Optane™ Memory Support2 Yes (with select SKUs) Yes (with select SKUs) Yes (with select SKUs) Yes (with select SKUs)
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Transactional Synchronization Extensions (Intel® TSX) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel® AVX210 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel® BIOS Guard Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Boot Guard Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel® OS Guard Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT) Yes Yes Yes Yes

10th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors require a motherboard based on the Intel® 400 Series Chipset.

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