Intel: 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S Processors Coming in Q1 2021

On the eve of the Zen 3 launch, Intel has published a blog-post stating that Rocket Lake-S is alive and well, and will come out sometime in Q1 2021. This info is in line with the rumors we’ve been covering over the last two days, you can read them below:

Our 10th Gen Intel Core processors continue to provide excellent performance and a stable platform for even the most demanding games. Ultimately, I believe there’s a great 10th Gen option that addresses the needs for every type of gamer – from casual players, to the most dedicated and passionate enthusiasts.

Though as you’d expect, we’re constantly looking ahead at what’s next and how we can make our desktop CPUs even better. With that said, I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed “Rocket Lake”) is coming in the first quarter of 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0. It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned!

I won’t bore you with the details, but the gist is that Rocket Lake will use a new core architecture (a hybrid between Sunny and Willow Cove) based on the tried and tested 14nm(++++?) node. Supposedly, it’ll top out at 8 cores (16 threads) and make up for the lower core count compared to Comet Lake-S thanks to a better IPC, but I suppose, in time, we’ll see how that goes.


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