Intel’s next-generation ‘Rocket Lake’ desktop-grade CPUs have been appearing online for some time. These appear to directly compete against AMD’s Ryzen 4000 Vermeer CPUs which are based on the ZEN 2 architecture. The latest leak indicates Rocket Lake CPUs are a rather strange mixture of cores, architecture, and other finer aspects that go into processor engineering. It is, however, important to note that the Intel Rocket Lake CPUs are still based on the archaic 14nm Fabrication Node.
A leaked roadmap of the Intel Rocket Lake CPUs has offered some very interesting details. Apparently, Intel is attempting to cater to the increasing enterprise segment with the upcoming Rocket Lake Desktop vPRO family. The Intel vPro lineup has always comprised of standard desktop-grade CPUs with added security features through the Intel vPro platform.
Intel Rocket Lake Desktop CPU Configurations Roadmap Leak:
The leaked roadmap indicates there are at least three unlocked or ‘K’ series Rocket Lake-S Desktop CPUs being readied at Intel. There is a high probability that Intel might just be developing some energy-efficient CPU iterations with TDP profiles like the standard 65W and 35W. However, currently, only the slightly higher-end models with 125W PL1 (Base Clock power) TDP are visible. It is important to note that PL2 limits (Boost Clocks power) are expected to range between 220-250W.
- Intel 11th Gen Core i9 vPRO – 8 Core / 16 Thread, 16 MB Cache
- Intel 11th Gen Core i7 vPRO – 8 Core / 12 Thread, 16 MB Cache
- Intel 11th Gen Core i5 vPRO – 6 Core / 12 Thread, 12 MB Cache
Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake Desktop-Grade Core i9, Core i7, Core i5 Specifications:
Intel’s Rocket Lake-S Desktop CPU family was expected to max out at 8 Cores and 16 Threads. The unlocked Intel 11th-Gen Rocket Lake Core i9 variant reportedly packs 8 Cores and 16 Threads. Incidentally, this is slightly lower than the 10C/20T configuration of the Intel’s 10th-Gen Core i9-10900K.
It is quite likely Intel will justify or compensate for the reduction in cores and threads by using a new architecture which is reportedly a hybrid of Sunny Cove (Ice Lake) and Willow Cove (Tiger Lake). Additionally, the 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S Core i9 also features 16 MB of cache. It remains to be seen how well these 11th-Gen CPUs perform with lower Core and Thread count. Additionally, the entire array is manufactured on the 14nm Node.The Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake Core i7 will pack 8 Cores but will have 12 instead of 16 Threads. Although the thread count does seem unlikely, Intel might be able to design such a CPU just to increase segmentation. Additionally, it is quite likely that this Core i7 is merely a slightly lesser binned variant of Core i9.
The Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake Core i5, however, sticks to the standard 6C/12T format and comes with 12MB cache. The configuration is quite similar to the previous generation, but buyers can expect enhanced performance because of the higher clock speeds and newer architecture.
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)