If you are thinking of buying a new PC and your budget is limited, which is not too fair, surely you have been looking at the mid-range of both AMD and Intel. With their strengths and weaknesses, both companies leave the balance fairly balanced and as expected, the price war is not waiting despite the current situation of chip shortages and increased raw materials.
Just two days ago the CEO of Intel said that he would not raise prices to give stability to the sector, well, now from the hand of Amazon the i5-11600K we will find it with its historical minimum price!
Intel throws the price of its star CPU in the mid-range to the ground
Before getting into the offer itself, it is better to recap about this CPU to know what we are buying, because the competition is fierce and it should be clear. With this CPU we are in the 11th generation of Intel processors corresponding to the Rocket Lake architecture, which gives life to all of Intel’s mid-range and high-end processors for the LGA 1200 socket.
It is a CPU that was launched in 2021 in the first quarter, so it only has a few months on the market and is built under Intel’s lithographic process at 14 nm ++, being the most refined in the history of the company by its longevity.
Its features are excellent, since it has 6 cores with HyperThreading technology that gives it 12 threads in total, which will run at a frequency of 3.9 GHz in base and 4.9 GHz in Boost.
A high TDP for the first time in the mid-range
These frequencies, which are approaching the 5 GHz barrier for the first time in the history of this segment, have a counterpart: the TDP. For the first time a stock i5 CPU goes to the 125 watts, and is that the frequency is what you have if you want to be fast. On the other hand, it has 12MB of L3, an IMC that is capable of achieving in its two RAM channels a maximum frequency without overclock of 3200 MHz, what gives you 50 GB / s of total bandwidth.
As a good APU (technically it is, no matter how much we talk about CPU as such) it integrates an Intel UHD 750 iGPU to 1.3 GHz with 32 CU. As we will already know, this Rocket Lake architecture is the first within Intel to support PCIe 4.0, where the configuration supported on LGA 1200 motherboards will be this: 1 × 16 + 1 × 4, 2 × 8 + 1 × 4, 1 × 8 + 3 × 4.
Viewing the CPU, what about the offer? Well, this Intel Core i5-11600K has gone from costing 244.94 euros to more attractive 224.02 euros, its lowest price in history since it is on sale, which is a discount of no less than the 9%, which in processors is outrageous if we consider that it is the latest of the latest from Intel.