WTF?! At some point, Intel secretly released the Core i9-11900KB, i7-11700B, i5-11500B, and the i3-11100B. The B stands for badass because that's what these processors are: they use the 10nm SuperFin node, the superior Willow Cove core architecture, and are clocked higher than their regular counterparts. Okay, maybe B doesn't stand for badass. It's the shorthand for BGA, ball grid array. That's a solderable type of socket, which means that these processors come permanently attached to their motherboards and can't be pulled out or swapped out, and are out of bounds for enthusiasts and builders. Which is a damn shame, I say. “Intel has partnered with customers interested in expanding their product portfolio with enthusiast, small form-factor desktop designs,” reads Intel's official line. “The Intel Core i9-11900KB processor is a BGA solution built with unique specifications and performance specifically for these designs.” The B-series is being called a secret because Intel never formally announced them, but their spec sheets are public on Intel's processor catalog. And what mighty fine spec sheets they are … i9-11900KB i7-11700B i5-11500B i3-11100B Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8 Base Clock 3.3 GHz 3.2 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.6 GHz… Read full this story
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