The flagship Intel Core i9-11900K processor was discovered thanks to the use of aftermarket liquid nitrogen cooling solutions with a clock speed of more than 7 GHz. 11th generation Intel desktop processor, also known as Rocket Lake-Shas already been discovered on an Asus ROG Maximus XIII Apex Motherboard on the benchmarking site CPU-Z validation with 7,048 MHz and 1,873 volts of power. The benchmark was carried out by overclocker Rog-Fisher, who now has the three best speed records for the Core i9-11900K. The normal clock frequency of the chip is expected to be set to 3.5 GHz immediately.
The YouTube channel PC Wale was also able to overclock the processor. Although PC Wale could not achieve the 7 GHz clock rate achieved by Rog-Fisher, the Intel Core i9-11900K ran at 6.5 GHz. The unreleased CPU ran on a little less than 1.678 volts.
According to Videocardz, the channel was able to get the speed by running a custom XOC BIOS from the overclocker SafeDisk – who also works for Asus – on the Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero motherboard. The custom BIOS unlocks the voltage to 2 volts, which enables the faster clock frequency.
While we now know that the Intel Core i9-11900K Rocket Lake chipset can run at twice the clock speed of shipping, it's unclear what kind of performance boost the faster frequency will provide. The results of the top benchmarking utilities are not yet published. Hence, we still don't have a performance comparison between normal frequencies and the faster overclocked speeds.
If you are interested in the Rocket Lake processors from Intel, you don't have to wait long. Rocket Lake is expected to be available tomorrow, March 30th. More benchmarks are likely to be released at this point.
Intel announced at CES that it will also launch its 12th generation processors later this year. The company is working hard to prepare its Alder Lake platform, which is the first to introduce a heterogeneous core architecture for desktops. Alder Lake's 12th generation processors are expected to hit the market in late 2021. If Intel's previous launch cadence is followed, we can expect mobile chips to hit the market before desktop parts arrive.