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Intel appears to be aggressively testing newer iterations and generations of its desktop-grade CPUs. The latest to appear online is an early-stage engineering sample of what appears to be Intel 11th-Gen Rocket Lake-S processor for desktops. The next-gen Intel CPU, expected to launch later this year, might be based on the 14nm Processor Node but feature advanced core architecture.

The first glimpse of Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S Core CPUs mentions a high-end CPU with a rather humble Base Clock. The Intel Rocket Lake-S family will be branded as the 11th Generation Core lineup. It will replace the Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake-S CPUs that the company is yet to officially release. While both the generations are fabricated on the archaic or highly mature 14nm Fabrication Node, they pack substantially different chip architectures. Incidentally, the Intel Rocket Lake-S CPUs will have the new Willow Cove Architecture, while the Comet Lake-S will rely on the older Skylake Architecture.

Intel 11th-Gen Rocket Lake-S 8 Core 16Thread CPU Engineering Sample Benchmark Leaks:

The alleged Rocket Lake-S ES CPU was spotted within a 3DMark database. The CPU has been marked with the Intel(R) CPU 0000 codename. This clearly indicates it is still an early engineering sample. It appears to be have been tested on an Intel Corporation RocketLake S UDIMM 4L ERB motherboard. This is by far one of the strongest indicators about Intel testing Rocket Lake-S prototypes.

The benchmark results indicate the Intel 11th-Gen CPU packs 8 Cores and 16 Threads. Previous reports about the rumored next-gen Intel processor claimed they would max out at 8 cores and 16 threads. This implies Intel is already testing the highest-end config for its mainstream desktop platform from the upcoming generation even when its current 10th Gen Comet Lake-S are yet to mass-produced or hit the retail shelves in large numbers.

The Base Clock of the Intel’s engineering sample is at 1.8GHz. Although the frequency is ridiculously low, such numbers are quite common as Intel is merely testing some other base parameters and not actual Clock Speeds. There have been many instances in the past wherein the Comet Lake-S CPUs have exhibited substantially lower Clock Speeds in the ES state compared to the 5 GHz+ frequencies that the final and retail-ready chips will be boasting on the packaging.

Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S CPUs Pack New Willow Cove Architecture But Still Manufactured On The 14nm Node:

The 11th-Gen Intel Rocket Lake CPUs will be packing the new Willow Cove Core Architecture. This is vastly different from all the previous generations of Intel CPUs, including the Comet Lake processors which rely on the Skylake Architecture. Needless to add, this is a highly significant evolutionary step in CPU design, architecture, and the benefits that come with the same.

Willow Cove wraps in the extra single-threaded performance boost of the Sunny Cove architecture but includes a cache redesign, new transistor optimizations. Additionally, there are quite a few security features that should help protect the Intel chips from exploits and attacks. Needless to mention, nearly every risk mitigation that Intel has released, has had a negative impact on performance.

Alongside the new Willow Cove Architecture, Intel is also expected to embed the Xe Graphics solutions. But the Rocket Lake-S is a desktop CPU. Hence the integrated display would most likely be ignored, and instead, buyers would invariably rely on a dedicated graphics card. By the time Intel’s Rocket Lake-S CPUs arrive, AMD’s RDNA 2 or NVIDIA Hopper-based graphics card would have become mainstream.

The next-gen Intel CPUs should support PCIe 4.0 and work with the Intel 500-series motherboard platform. Incidentally, the PCIe 4.0 support is coming directly from the CPU itself. This means an x16 interface for the GPU and another x4 lanes for an NVMe SSD.

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.