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Intel’s Rocket Lake processors are confirmed by officials

Intel's Rocket Lake processors are confirmed by officials

Intel’s Rocket Lake processors are confirmed by officials. Intel Rocket Lake, Intel’s new desktop processors, will hit the market in the first quarter of 2021 and will feature support for PCIe 4.0, according to an official announcement by John Bonini, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Workstation and Gaming desktop client computing division.

With Bonini’s statements, Intel has confirmed its upcoming processors for the first time. The statements came at just the right time to address the important issue of marketing, as they have been made on the same day as an ARM event and one day before the presentation of the new AMD architecture called Zen 3.

Bonini focused PC Gaming platform, assuring that the “commitment of Intel with the video games segment” will be reinforced with these Rocket Lake. It can surprise us considering that we are in a year of launching a new generation of consoles and the arrival of PS5 and Xbox X can move players from PC to consoles. This is something that Intel (and also AMD, NVIDIA, etc.) wants to limit.

“Our 10th Gen Intel Core processors continue to provide excellent performance and a stable platform for even the most demanding games. Ultimately, I believe there’s a great 10th Gen option that addresses the needs for every type of gamer — from casual players to the most dedicated and passionate enthusiasts” said Bonini.

“Though as you’d expect, we’re constantly looking ahead at what’s next and how we can make our desktop CPUs even better. With that said, I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed “Rocket Lake”) is coming in the first quarter of 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0. It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future.” he added.

Rocket Lake processors
Rocket Lake processors

Intel Rocket Lake expected specs

The Intel executive has only confirmed the release date and support for the PCIe 4.0 interface, promising to “reveal more details in the near future”, but we already have expected specs for you:

  • They will be intended for desktop computers and will be marketed as Rocket Lake-S in Core i7, i5 and i3 variants.
  • They are included in the eleventh generation Intel Core.
  • They will be manufactured in 14 nanometer processes. They will be the last desktop CPUs before the move to 10 nm with the “Alder Lake”.
  • They will use “Cypress Cove” cores, with versions of 4 to 8 cores (twice as many native processing threads).
  • Intel will increase the IPC of these CPUs for the first time in the last five years to offer working frequencies above 5 GHz. Their overclocking capability will be enhanced with the multiplier unlocked.
  • They will use new generation (Gen12) Intel Xe integrated graphics.
  • They will have new motherboards with 500 series chipset (with six different versions) and LGA 1200 socket.
  • The support for PCI Express 4.0 will be one of the great innovations in connectivity, with 20 lanes where the CPU and the SSD will be directly connected.
  • The chipset will also provide native support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity standards.
  • Also for the most advanced connection ports such as Thunderbolt 4 and USB 3.2. It will support Ethernet LAN 2.5Gb.

Intel Rocket Lake processors will be available in the first quarter of 2021 along with new motherboards with 500 series chipsets that will be marketed by its OEM partners. These CPUs will also be able to be installed on current 400 series boards just by updating the BIOS.