Editors Liked

  • Support for PCIe 4.0
  • Slightly faster gaming fps than AMD
  • Compatible with existing Z490 motherboards
  • New overclocking features
  • Core i9-11900K plus Z590 plus Adaptive Boost equals 5.1GHz on all cores

Editors Didn't Like

  • Multi-threaded performance can't compete with AMD
  • Early stumbles in BIOS
  • Runs hot and power-hungry
  • Requires (not-included) liquid cooling for optimal operation
  • Power draw is too high
  • Only eight cores (vs. ten on i9-10900K)