If you want the latest and greatest from Intel and money isn’t a problem, the 11900K is of course the best Intel CPU for gaming. Truth be told, we can’t really recommend it due to its high price tag and high power consumption, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with the actual performance and features it delivers when properly configured. The 11900K features eight cores that clock up to 5.3 GHz, plus handy features like PCIe 4.0 support. Provided you pair this CPU with an impressive cooling solution like a 360mm CLC and have a GPU strong enough not to introduce a system bottleneck, you’ll definitely push some high framerates. The 11900K particularly excels in a few titles like Microsoft Flight Simulator, so you may find it relevant to your gaming preferences. As already stated, however, it ain’t cheap.
The 11900K comes with a MSRP of $550 USD, which is a significant markup over the similar $400 USD eight core 11700K that clocks to 5.0 GHz. You can learn more about the Rocket Lake 11th generation in our 11700K review, and we strongly encourage you to do so. With that said, if you won’t settle for anything less than the best, here’s where to get the almighty 11900K. Spoiler alert: it’s more expensive than MSRP at all of these sites.
Find the Intel 11900K in stock at these retailers
First off is Newegg, since it’s an accessible online platform that most people can use. You can get the 11900K for $621.99 USD plus a copy of Death Stranding with your purchase on Newegg. This isn’t the worst markup, since you’re at least getting a popular game with your purchase.
Your second option is Antonline, which is the same retailer we’ve been recommending for finding Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs. It’s a lesser known, but reputable dealer of various PC components and more. You can pick up the Intel 11900K from Antonline for $619.98 USD. Again, there’s a markup on this processor due to a lack of availability, but you’ll get three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with this bundle.
If you have the privilege of living near a Micro Center, you can also try stopping by the store in person to see if the 11900K is in stock. This company is only doing in-store purchases to fight scalpers and bots in case you’re wondering.
While we’d like to see MSRP pricing, some availability is still better than none. Availability for the 11900K is expected to improve later this month.