Intel’s 11th Gen Core i9 processor boosts Microsoft Flight Simulator by 20 percent

I built a new gaming PC in September. Microsoft Flight Simulator, Cyberpunk 2077, And Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Choosing Intel’s Core i9-10900K and Nvidia’s RTX 3090, I thought this computer would last for years and deliver top-notch performance in demanding titles like: Microsoft Flight Simulator. I am wrong. Microsoft Flight Simulator The beast of the notorious game and fast new Crysis PC test.

I had a hard time running smoothly above 30fps with all settings up to 1440p on my PC, and even the Ryzen 9 5950X, which beats AMD’s Intel, made some improvements a bit.

Intel’s latest 11th generation processors came out with the big promise of delivering up to 19% IPC (instructions per cycle) improvement over the previous i9-10900K, especially 14% more performance at 1080p. Microsoft Flight Simulator With a high setting. This aroused my curiosity, so I’ve tested it over the past few days to see what the i9-11900K can offer. Microsoft Flight Simulator Specifically specifically.

It’s been less than a year since the i9-10900K was released and we are considering upgrading to Intel’s new i9-11900K. Microsoft Flight Simulator 20%.

Intel’s Core i9-11900K processor.

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Intel’s new Core i9-11900K features 8 cores, 16 threads, and an improved clock speed of up to 5.3 GHz. On paper, it seems to be less powerful than the 10900K, which has 10 cores, 20 threads, and a clock speed of up to 5.3 GHz, but thanks to the way games and apps are designed, the reality is a lot more complicated. Most of Flight simulator It currently runs on the main thread, which is limited by how well the CPU can run single-threaded applications and games.

Intel Core i9-11900K

Prices at the time of publication.

Intel’s new Core i9-11900K desktop processor is the latest consumer grade chip. It offers 8 cores, 16 threads, and a top boost clock speed of 5.3 GHz.

So, in recent years, Intel has maintained its best with single-threaded performance despite AMD offering more cores. That was until AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X surpassed the final Intel performance advantage at the end of last year. Intel’s new 11th generation chips are working to regain their traditional advantages.

Microsoft Flight Simulator This is a good example of where Intel generally has an advantage. It is also a rare example of a game that is very sensitive to overall system components as well as how good the GPU is for rendering games.

Microsoft Flight Simulator It’s a tricky title on PC.

Intel’s Core i9-11900K works well enough to boost performance by around 20% depending on the resolution. I’ve tested a variety of flights taking off from multiple airports and flying through the most beautiful places in the world and the most demanding cities the game has to offer. With the latest chips from Intel, everything gets smoother, but the results aren’t dramatic enough to go beyond 60fps without lowering some settings. Flying over Seattle with all settings at its maximum shows a new 11th-generation Core i9 (1080p) and an 18% (1440p) performance boost.

On the i9-10900K PC, the average frame rate was 38 fps at 1440p and 33 fps at 1080p. The Core i9-11900K improves this to an average of 45 fps at 1440p and an average of 41 fps at 1080p. But averages over a particular benchmark don’t always tell the whole story. For the hour I’ve been playing Microsoft Flight Simulator, I have found less game dips and stutters than before. It’s still not perfect, but overall it’s softer.

When you return the game to a high setting, it instantly jumps from 1440p to an average of 66 fps, showing how far the ultra setting has reached the frame rate. Personally, I hardly notice the difference between the high setting and the ultra setting. Microsoft Flight Simulator, Boosts stand out here thanks to smoother gameplay.

I also tested Shadow of the Tomb Raider And Cinebench R23 and Geekbench 5 benchmarks. Shadow of the Tomb Raider It had a small increase of about 3% at both 1080p and 1440p, and the i9-11900K managed to manage impressive single-core performance gains at Cinebench and Geekbench.

Intel Core i9-11900K benchmark

standard Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-11900K % change
standard Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-11900K % change
Microsoft Flight Simulator (1080p) 33 fps 41 fps 24.2% increase
Microsoft Flight Simulator (1440p) 38 fps 45fps 18.4% increase
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1080p) 176 fps 181fps 2.8% increase
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1440p) 154 fps 159 fps 3.2% increase
Cinebench R23 single thread 1281 years 1623 year 26.6% increase
Cinebench R23 multithreaded 14,968 14,826 0.94% reduction
Geekbench 5 single thread 1336 years 1766 year 32.1% increase
Geekbench 5 multithreaded 10,709 11,148 4% increase

I also tried to do most of my tests with my existing Z490 motherboard, but it didn’t go as planned. After replacing the chip with the latest BIOS update for 11th generation processors, I found that the system rebooted in minutes with the game without a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). I couldn’t completely solve the problem in time for review, but the Asus Maximus XIII Hero (Z590) board provided by Intel worked fine.

Most manufacturers have already released BIOS updates to support Intel’s latest processors, so you can easily use 11th generation processors with Z490 motherboards. Some use PCIe 4.0 with these latest chips to support M.2 NVMe storage, while others like Asus only support PCIe 4.0 in the base PCIe x16 slot with 11th generation processors.

Intel’s 11th generation processors finally offer PCIe 4.0 support, and that’s great news for storage. Manufacturers have started fully supporting PCIe 4.0 drives in recent months, with Western Digital, Samsung, GigaByte and MSI all releasing high-speed drives. If you have a compatible PCIe 4.0 NVMe drive, it is worth upgrading to the 11th generation processor. We used Western Digital’s new SN850 1TB drive to manage 6729MB/s read speed and 5206MB/s write speed. Corsair’s MP600 also manages 4987MB/s read and 4259MB/s write speeds. Using Intel’s older 10th-generation chips, the Corsair drive manages 3484MB/s reads and 3235MB/s writes, so the 11th-generation upgrade boosts speed by over 40%. If you’re working with a lot of files every day, upgrading to an 11th generation processor is worth it with PCIe 4.0 alone.

Western Digital’s SN850 delivers ultra-fast PCIe 4.0 speeds with Intel’s 11th generation processors.

I personally don’t think the Core i9-11900K is enough to upgrade from 10900K, but PCIe 4.0 support will tempt me even more if you need speed. At $550 (if you can find it at this retail price), the Core i9-11900K sits among the AMD offerings and is cheaper than the top 5950X and 5900X Ryzen 9 chips and $90 more expensive than the 5800X.

It has solid single-threaded performance, and both the 11900K and AMD’s 5900X and 5950X will cause deals depending on the game. But Intel’s performance gains come at the cost of energy efficiency. Tom’s hardware The 11900K found that AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X “sets a new high-power mark” in a power test over 200 watts in the same test as AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X consumed 116 watts. If you need a new CPU, it’s worth considering how much Intel’s latest chips will affect your energy bills and gaming.

Whether you upgrade to one of Intel’s 11th generation or AMD chips depends on the games you play and availability of stock. Many games do the wrong job of using multiple cores on the CPU because the console gaming hardware did not provide solid CPU performance, and distributing multiple rendering and physics threads across multiple cores can complicate the game design. Intel’s new chip handles these single threads better to improve performance, but it’s very game specific.

for Microsoft Flight Simulator, The general consensus is that games must be desperately moved to DirectX 12 to boost multi-core CPU performance. However, Intel’s IPC improvements were helpful until the Direct X 12 update arrived with the Xbox Series X release this summer.

Where Intel can dominate AMD is in chip availability. Finding the latest Ryzen processors from AMD has become increasingly difficult in recent months due to a global chip shortage. Intel partners are already selling 11th generation desktop CPUs by mistake, which could indicate a stable supply in the coming weeks.

The winners of Intel and AMD are the companies that can offer these chips to PC gamers eager to upgrade. As with the current GPU market, benchmarks don’t really matter when the best chips are actually the only chips you can buy.

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