Intel To Rush Production Of 11th-Gen Rocket Lake CPUs To Beat ZEN 3 Cezanne AMD Ryzen 5000 Desktop-Grade Processors?

Intel appears to have stepped up its final-stage development process for the 11th Generation Rocket Lake CPUs. The Intel Rocket Lake-S desktop-grade CPUs could hit full-scale commercial production early next year.

According to a leak, Intel will mass-produce the 11th-generation CPUs, codenamed Rocket Lake S, earlier than expected. These new processors could enter production in January 2021 and could hit retail shelves as early as February. The quantum of production is still unknown.

Intel Rushing 11th-Gen Rocket Lake CPUs Into Production:

According to a leaked roadmap, Intel will start mass production of its latest desktop processors, codenamed Rocket Lake S, in January 2021. The 11th core generation CPUs are meant for mainstream workstations and gaming PCs, and Intel clearly wants consumers to have ready access to these processors very early in the new year.

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Needless to add, Intel could officially launch these processors in the new year, quite presumably at CES 2021. However, the launch might not assure adequate availability of the CPUs. The majority of component manufacturers, including AMD, NVIDIA, Sony, Microsoft, etc. have faced severe supply crunch in the past few months.

These new Intel 11th Generation Rocket Lake CPUs can be slotted inside the preexistent LGA 1200 socket. Intel clearly intends to coincide the launch of these new CPUs with the 500-Series motherboards. However, the CPUs will also be able to work with the slightly older 400-Series of Motherboards as well.

The 400-Series motherboards will only require a minor BIOS update to accommodate the Intel 11th Generation Rocket Lake CPUs. ASROCK has already started to send out the relevant BIOS updates to compatible motherboards.

Intel 11th Generation Rocket Lake CPUs Critical To Company?

The Intel 11th Generation Rocket Lake CPUs are quire important for the company. These CPUs will be the first ones from Intel to officially support the PCIe Gen 4.0 standard. Moreover, Intel is promising several benefits with these new processors, obviously to beat AMD.

These new Rocket Lake-S CPUs will be featuring a new core architecture codenamed Cypress Cove. This replaces the Kaby Lake architecture after four years. Cypress Cove and was originally designed by Intel for processors that are in the 10-nanometer (nm) process. However, due to problems with the yield of 10 nm chips, Intel decided to use the Cypress Cove architecture for processors in 14 nm production.

Despite the archaic production technique, Intel promises a double-digit increase in Instructions Per Clock (IPC) for Rocket Lake S compared to the 10th-Gen Core I Series owing to the new Cypress Cove cores.

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It is interesting to note that the top-end Intel Rocket Lake-S CPU, the Intel Core i9-11900K tops out at 8 Cores and 16 Threads. The AMD equivalent, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X has 16 Cores. Moreover, even the AMD Ryzen 5900X has 12 Cores. In fact, the latest flagship Intel CPU has lesser Cores than the 10th-Gen Intel Core i9-10900K.

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.