Intel 11th-Gen 8C/16T Rocket Lake-S Desktop CPU Benchmarks Leak Indicating High 4.30GHz Boost Clocks Even On Early Engineering Samples

Intel Rocket Lake Desktop CPU, the company’s 11th-Generation CPU, is yet to be officially announced for commercial production, but details about the same keep appearing online. Another early Engineering Sample of an 8 Core 16 Thread Intel Rocket Lake Desktop CPU has appeared online. The benchmarking results of the same reaffirm Intel’s leadership position when it comes to raw speed.

Intel Rocket Lake is truly an Architecture refinement. It means the 11th Generation of Intel CPUs is not based on the archaic Skylake Architecture. While the new CPU from Intel brings much-needed change to the CPU market, Intel is still sticking to the highly mature 14nm Fabrication Node. Nonetheless, Intel is steadily refining the archaic production process and the new leak confirms the same. An earlier leak indicated clock speeds of just 1.80 GHz for an identical Engineering Sample featuring 8 Cores and 16 Threads. This time around the Base Clock as well as Boost Clock speeds has gone up significantly.

Intel 14nm 11th-Gen 8C/16T Rocket Lake-S Desktop CPU Engineering Sample With 4.30GHz Clock Speeds Benchmarked:

It appears Intel’s 11th-Gen 8C/16T Rocket Lake-S Desktop CPU has been further refined and improved. The sample that appeared in the 3DMark Time Spy and Fire Strike benchmarks now offers clocks beyond 4.00 GHz. An earlier mystery Intel CPU sported 6 Cores and 12 Threads. That sample was running at 4.10 GHz clock speeds. The new chip goes beyond the earlier sample with a 4.30 GHz clock speed across 8 cores and 16 threads. Experts indicate even these high speeds aren’t final, and the final commercial-ready Intel Rocket Lake-S desktop CPU will sport much higher Boost Clock speeds.

The Intel Rocket Lake-S Desktop CPU was tested in 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Time Spy benchmarks. The CPU scored 4963 points in the Time Spy and 18898 points in the Fire Strike benchmarks. Needless to add, these scores, in each respective benchmark, are quite low, but that could be due to several reasons.

Apparently, the 8C/16T Rocket Lake chip doesn’t come close to the 6C/6T Core i5-8600K CPU. Additionally, the overall clock speeds of Intel’s 8 core Rocket Lake CPUs are quite lower than what the 14nm Production Process is capable of producing. Needless to add, it is strongly advised to hold any judgment as it is clearly an Engineering Sample.

Intel Rocket Lake-S Desktop CPU Will Have Multi-Socket Support?

Intel’s Rocket Lake-S desktop CPU platform will be accommodated on the LGA 1200 socket. However, the upcoming CPUs will also be supported by already launched Intel 400-series motherboards. In other words, the new class of socket will debut with Comet Lake-S CPUs, even though the Intel Rocket Lake-S processors will be launching alongside the 500-series motherboards. This has been a point of rather discontent with motherboard manufacturers because their motherboards will support PCI-Express Gen 4.0 despite the fact that Comet Lake does not support it.

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It is interesting to note that the 11th-Gen 14nm Intel Rocket Lake platform is also set to feature Xe Graphics for the first time in the desktop processor space. On the mobility or portable computing side, Intel is ready to launch its Tiger Lake series for mobile devices later this year. This strongly indicates Rocket Lake is using Willow Cove cores as the same architecture features Xe Gen 12 graphics. The current-generation Ice Lake with Sunny Cove cores is using the Gen 11 GPU.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.