A six-core member of the same family decided to show up just a day after the Core i9-11900K and Core i7-11700K both appeared on Geekbench. The Core i5-11500 is a 6-core, 12-threaded CPU with a 2.7 GHz base clock. The CPU will also, as rumored before, have a turbo frequency of 4.6 GHz. These frequencies seem to be confirmed now, thanks to the new leak from Geekbench.
On Intel’s Rocket Lake-S assessment board, the CPU was tested, not Z490 or Z590 motherboards, indicating that whoever leaked the score has one of the final qualification samples, which should not be much different from the retail unit in terms of performance. The performance of the i5-11500 single-core is actually higher than 11700K. The CPU scores 1588 points, which is also 35 percent faster than the i5-10400, its Comet Lake-S architecture-based predecessor.
It is not expected that the 11500 SKU will compete against the Ryzen 5 5600X. Several 11600 SKUs offering significantly faster frequencies will also be released by the supplier (rumored to be 300 MHz higher). There is no significant performance gap between 11500 and 5600X, just 1% in single-core and 11% in multi-core, despite this fact. It is anticipated that Intel will launch its 11th Gen Core series in March. The i5-11500 SKU will be one of the slowest processors based on Cypress-Cove, Sincet i3 and Comet Lake-Refresh will be based on the Pentium series.