Intel’s mass production Rocket Lake-S will start next January.
The latest industry news indicates that Intel will begin mass production next January of its 11th Generation Intel Core desktop processors, the Rocket Lake-S. As far as the launch date is concerned, the roadmap indicates that these CPUs would be ready to reach the market by the twelfth week of 2021, i.e. mid-March. If we focus on the announcement in society, as it is basically a matter of waiting for CES 2021, where Intel is not the only one that will have something to say, AMD and Nvidia will also be added.
Now it remains to be seen if the company will be able to offer a large amount of stock from January to March and not just stay in a ‘Paper Launch’, as it should take advantage of AMD‘s stock shortage, although this doesn’t only require stock, it also requires offering very aggressive prices to try to take market share away from AMD.
Intel Rocket Lake-S processors make use of Cypress Cove microarchitecture, a @14nm+++ adaptation of Sunny Cove microarchitecture that brings Intel Ice Lake processors to life in a 10nm manufacturing process, rather than the Willow Cove microarchitecture that brings Tiger Lake CPUs to life. Due to size, the company will be forced to limit its processors to a maximum configuration of 8 cores and 16 processing threads.
According to the company, the main advantages of these new CPUs are an improvement in the IPC (which we only know is double-digit compared to an Intel Core i9-10900K), the improvement of integrated graphics when implementing Intel Xe, the PCI-Express 4.0 interface with up to 20 lines, the implementation of a controller for DDR4 memory @ 3200 MHz, and the addition of USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports @ 20 Gbps.