According to a report from WCCFTech, Intel will be launching its 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S processors at the end of next month, right alongside the performance and review embargo. There will be two embargos for Rocket Lake, with the first one pertaining to the announcement of the specs and prices on the 16th of March, at 8 pm (Pacific Time), while the actual review and sales embargo lifting on the 30th of March, at 6 am (Pacific Time).
Press – Product information unveil, includes pre-order and advertising – Mar. 16th, 2021, at 08:00 AM PT time
Performance review, benchmark, sales – Mar. 30th, 2021, at 06:00 AM PT time
Like many other recent launches, the pre-order for the new processors will go live on the same day as the general specs announcement on the 16th of March, with the reviews landing two weeks later on the 30th of March. This kind of launch schedule has been a cause of concern among consumers as you’re essentially buying the new product without going through a third-party review.
The reason behind the delay in the sales and review embargo is reportedly due to the new microcode update. This firmware update is said to improve the gaming performance, (to some extent) in line with the generation increase seen in synthetic benchmarks such as Cinebench, Geekbench, and CPU-Z.