Mystery Intel 11th-Gen Rocket Lake-S Reaches 5.0 GHz Boost Clock Speeds Indicates New Leaked Benchmarks

Intel’s upcoming 11th-Gen Willow Cove-based Rocket Lake Series CPUs may soon break the 5.0 GHz Boost Clock Speeds. Hence they confidently compete against AMD’s Ryzen 4000 Vermeer CPUs which are based on the ZEN 2 architecture. A new leaked benchmark result indicates Intel has successfully improved upon the highly mature 14nm Fabrication Node and managed to achieve a substantial leap in Boost Clock Speeds, which matters to gamers and enthusiasts.

Intel appears to be trying hard to retain its leadership position in raw processing power. A newly leaked GeekBench benchmarking results indicate AMD’s primary rival has achieved a 700 MHz performance boost. An earlier leaked benchmark for a mystery 11th-Gen Intel 8 Core 16 Thread CPU, which was most likely an early engineering sample, revealed Boost Clock Speeds of 4.30GHz.

Intel Rocket Lake-S Mystery 8 Core 16 Thread CPU Spotted With Almost 5.0 GHz Boost Clock Speeds:

Earlier leaked benchmark results of engineering samples of Intel’s 11th-Gen core processors indicated they had achieved 4.1 or 4.3 GHz Boost Clocks. This is quite surprising simply because early engineering samples or prototypes usually tested at very low Base Clock and Boost Clock speeds.

The newly leaked results mention the mystery ‘Intel Corporation Rocket Lake Platform’ CPU, identified as ‘Intel 0000’ with 8 Cores and 16 Threads. The specifications mention the Base Clock as 3.41 GHz. While this itself is remarkably high for Base Clock speeds, the Boost Clock or ‘Maximum Frequency’ is measured at 4.98 GHz, which is a little short of 5.0GHz. This is a 700 MHz performance boost, which is very rare to achieve, especially during the development stage.

One of the most interesting observations from the leaked benchmark indicates Rocket Lake-S is coming to the Core i9 series and 125W TDP series. This means Intel will certainly offer the entire mid to upper-end range of desktop-grade CPUs right from Core i5 to Core 19.

The Intel Rocket Lake-S processors are still a little mystery. It is unclear where it stands in the Intel lineup. It is certainly a significant improvement over the currently prevalent 10th Gen Core Comet Lake-S Series. However, the flagship Comet Lake-S processors already feature 10 cores and 20 threads. On the other hand, there are multiple weird iterations of CPUs that seemingly belong to the Rocket Lake family.

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As previously reported, there’s an 8 Core 12 Thread CPU, which doesn’t make any technical sense. However, it is quite possible Intel might be able to design such a CPU just to increase segmentation. The Intel Rocket Lake CPUs would also reportedly benefit from new processor core architecture (Willow Cove), despite being manufactured on the archaic 14nm Fabrication Node. Other reports claim the new series is a hybrid of Sunny Cove (Ice Lake) and Willow Cove (Tiger Lake).

Intel Not Talking About Rocket Lake Series CPUs?

Intel chose to remain silent on the Rocket Lake-S Series of CPUs during the Q2 earnings call. The upcoming CPU Series, which might succeed the 10th-Gen Comet Lake Series, was also not present in the company’s press release or Q&A session. Instead, Intel confirmed that 12th-Gen Alder Lake-S will launch in the second half of 2021.

It is still possible Intel is intentionally silent to ensure it can beat AMD. With the Zen 2-based Ryzen, Threadrriper, and EPYC Series dominating their respective markets in terms of performance and value-for-money proposition, Intel must have a highly credible product to regain its command over the PC segment.

Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake Desktop-Grade CPUs Features:

The Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake desktop-grade is clearly aimed at the enterprise segment. It is a rather curious mix of architecture and core technology. Some of the highlights of these upcoming Intel CPUs are as follows:

  • Increased Performance with new processor core architecture
  • New Xe graphics architecture
  • Increased DDR4 speeds
  • CPU PCIe 4.0 Lanes
  • Enhanced Display (Integrated HDMI 2.0, HBR3)
  • Added x4 CPU PCIe Lanes = 20 Total CPU PCIe 4.0 Lanes
  • Enhanced Media (12 bit AV1/HVEC, E2E compression)
  • CPU Attached Storage or Intel Optane Memory
  • New Overclocking Features and Capabilities
  • USB Audio offload
  • Integrated CNVi & Wireless-AX
  • Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G)
  • 2.5Gb Ethernet Discrete LAN
  • Discrete Intel Thunderbolt 4 (USB4 Compliant)

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.