Intel 11th Gen Core ‘Rocket Lake’ Desktop CPUs Confirmed for Early 2021


Intel has introduced the primary particulars of its upcoming ‘Rocket Lake’ desktop CPU lineup, which will likely be offered because the 11th Technology Core CPU household. In response to a weblog publish by John Bonini, Intel’s VP and GM of Shopper Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming, the brand new chips will likely be launched within the first quarter of 2021. Whereas no detailed specs have been introduced but, the publish does verify that Rocket Lake CPUs will help PCIe 4.zero and that Intel will proceed to focus on players as a major marketplace for desktop CPUs.

The information about Rocket Lake is nearly a footnote in the blog post, which touts the gaming and overclocking credentials of Intel’s present 10th Gen ‘Comet Lake’ desktop CPUs in addition to the corporate’s partnerships with recreation builders to advertise requirements and optimise efficiency.

Whereas Intel hasn’t formally confirmed the rest about Rocket Lake, the platform has been rumoured for a very long time now. For the reason that upcoming CPUs are anticipated to share the identical motherboard socket as present Comet Lake CPUs and be appropriate, {hardware} producers have already teased PCIe 4.zero help constructed into present 400-series motherboards. Whereas new motherboards must be launched, it’s possible that a number of present fashions will have the ability to leverage not less than partial PCIe 4.zero performance when used with a Rocket Lake CPU.  

Rocket Lake can also be anticipated to help Thunderbolt Four and Wi-Fi 6, together with Intel’s new Xe built-in graphics. Apparently, Intel has not confirmed or dominated out help for DDR5 RAM but, although this could possible require all-new motherboards. The best-end Core i9 and Core i7 fashions will be anticipated to achieve turbo speeds of 5GHz and above, primarily based on the Intel weblog publish highlighting the truth that it is a power of Intel’s present Core i9-10900Ok.  

Rumours have instructed that Rocket Lake would be the final 14nm product for desktops, utilizing both the final revision of Intel’s Skylake structure which has powered the previous six generations of Core CPUs, or a ‘backported’ 14nm model of the 10nm ‘Willow Cove’ structure that’s the foundation of the ‘Tiger Lake’ 11th Gen laptop computer CPU household.

We do already know that Rocket Lake will likely be succeeded by the 12th Gen ‘Alder Lake’ structure, at present reported to be focusing on a 10nm course of and very possible a hybrid design made up of next-gen heterogenous high-performance ‘Golden Cove’ and power-efficient ‘Gracemont’ cores. Alder Lake may additionally leverage Intel’s Foveros 3D packaging expertise and can introduce a new CPU socket. In the meantime, Intel can also be coping with a high-profile delay to its 7nm manufacturing plans and can transition to utilizing third-party foundries to fabricate varied chips, so roadmaps would possibly nonetheless change.  

The Intel weblog publish was revealed only a day earlier than AMD is predicted to unveil its next-generation ‘Zen 3’ structure. AMD has supported PCIe 4.zero on the desktop because the Ryzen 3000 sequence, which is predicated on the ‘Zen 2’ structure and manufactured on a 7nm course of. Intel’s 11th Gen will thus be break up between Rocket Lake for desktop chips and Tiger Lake for laptops, plus different potential future bulletins focusing on totally different kind components. 

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