Intel appears to have taken AMD’s increasingly competitive Ryzen CPUs head-on. The company has confirmed the arrival of its 11th Generation of CPUs, codenamed Rocket Lake, for the desktop segment. The new generation of CPUs from Intel will be manufactured on the highly matured 14nm Fabrication Node and would be the last one to support the DDR4 RAM standard. However, it will offer support for PCIe 4.0 just like the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series.
John Bonini, Vice President and General Manager of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstation, and Gaming at Intel, has officially confirmed the arrival schedule of Intel’s 11th-Gen Core Series which will succeed the Comet Lake CPUs. These desktop-grade CPUs will be slotted inside the LGA 1200 socket and work with the existing 400-Series Motherboards, which have been advertised as ‘hardware-ready’ for PCIe gen4.
Intel Rocket Lake CPUs First To Support PCIe 4.0 But No Other Compelling Benefits Compared To AMD Ryzen 5000 Series?
Intel has confirmed that its 11th generation “Rocket Lake” CPUs will be available in the first quarter of 2021. According to earlier reports, the Intel Rocket CPUs should officially arrive on store shelves in March 2021. The company also confirmed that these CPUs will support PCIe 4.0.
— The Verge (@verge) October 7, 2020
In the spirit of competition and a clear attempt at stealing some media attention away from AMD’s Ryzen 5000 CPUs launch which is happening this week, Intel went ahead and confirmed the arrival of the new CPUs. Intel posted an official blog-post which mentioned:
Rocket Lake is Coming
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.
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. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned!
Intel 11th-Gen Rocket Lake CPUs Specifications, Features:
Intel Rocket Lake-S is quite likely the last consumer desktop Core Series processors series to be manufactured on the archaic 14nm Fabrication Node. Moreover, it is quite likely the last Intel CPU family to support the DDR4 Memory. The processors will be compatible with the LGA 1200 Socket and also work with the existing 400-Series Motherboards.
— AnandTech (@anandtech) October 7, 2020
The Intel Rocket Lake CPUs supporting PCIe 4.0 and their compatibility with the existing 400-Series Motherboards are quite beneficial for Intel’s partners who manufactured the boards. The motherboards that were advertised as ‘hardware-ready’ for PCIe 4.0 should be able to fully utilize the interface with Rocket Lake-S CPUs.
Intel Rocket Lake-S will reportedly feature a new core architecture which is believed to be Cypress Cove, and pack Intel Xe Gen12 graphics, which could be Intel Xe-LP. According to previous leaks, the top-end Intel Rocket Lake CPU would feature 8 Cores and 16 Threads. It will have a TDP Profile of 125W. Strangely, this is rather low compared to the current generation top-end Intel Core i9 -10900K which features 10 Cores and 20 Threads.