Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake desktop processors are set for a first quarter 2021 release, the company confirmed in a Medium blog post. Short of an official press release, the announcement was made on the eve of AMD’s big Zen 3 launch, after months of rumours and leaks.
Rocket Lake will presumably use Intel’s 11th Gen Core branding and is believed to be the last generation of 14nm processors. Yes, the 14nm process is dated, compared to 7nm by a certain competitor. That said, as seen on Comet Lake-S, Intel has the penchant to optimise to wrangle out more performance.
Will we see higher core clock and boost speeds? Likely. Higher instructions per cycle (IPC), for sure.
In fact, in the blog post written by John Bonini, VP/GM for Intel’s desktop, workstations and gaming, talks about enabling bleeding-edge PC gaming performance, specifically citing processor frequency as a key consideration. He also cites Intel’s Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and Thermal Velocity Boost as well as mentions the Core i9-10900K (desktop) and Core i9-10980HK (mobile) and their industry-leading 5.3GHz clock speed.
Details are scarce at this point, but one thing is for sure, Rocket Lake will also bring PCIe 4.0 support.
Moving forward, it’s going to be interesting on the microprocessor front, especially in the enthusiast and gaming segments.
Bring it on.
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