Intel finally confirmed its Rocket Lake Series
In an official blog post on Medium, John Bonini (a Vice President and General Manager of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstation, and Gaming at Intel) confirmed that the 11th Gen Core series codenamed Rocket Lake will launch in the first quarter of 2021.
This is actually the first time Intel admitted it has been developing the Rocket Lake series, a successor to Comet Lake for the LGA1200 socket.
Mr. Bonini also confirmed that Rocket Lake will be Intel’s first platform to support PCI-Express 4.0, a feature that was certainly missing in the high-end desktop series in the Intel portfolio.
Just yesterday we revealed that Intel recently updated the launch date to week 10 of 2021. In a new blog post, there was no mention of the month, but it seems that the series is to be expected in March, just as we reported.
Rocket Lake is Coming
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!
The announcement of an announcement of the Intel 11th Gen core series comes a day before AMD reveals its Zen3 architecture and Ryzen 5000 series. Both series are expected to be the last platform supporting DDR4 memory, with DDR5-compatible processors and motherboards coming next year.
|INTEL Mainstream CPU Series Specs|
|VideoCardz.com||Coffee Lake-S||Comet Lake-S||Rocket Lake-S||Alder Lake-S||Meteor Lake-S|
|Launch Year||2018||2020||2021||2H 2021||2022-2023|
|Fabrication Node||14nm||14nm||14nm||10nm SuperFin||7nm SuperFin?|
|Core µArch||Skylake||Skylake||Cypress Cove||Golden Cove + Gracemont||Ocean Cove + Gracemont|
|Graphics µArch||Gen9||Gen9.5||Gen12||Gen12 TBC||Gen 13 TBC|
|Max Core Count||up to 8 cores||up to 10 cores||up to 8 cores||up to 16 (8+8)||TBC|
|PCIe Gen||PCIe 3.0||PCIe 3.0||PCIe 4.0||PCIe 5.0||PCIe 5.0|
|Intel Core Series||8th/9th Gen Core-S||10th Gen Core-S||11th Gen Core-S||12th Gen Core-S (?)||13th Gen Core-S (?)|
|Motherboard Chipsets||Intel 300 (eg. Z390)||Intel 400 (eg. Z490)||Intel 500 (Z590)||Intel 600 (eg. Z690) (?)||Intel 700 (eg. Z790) (?)|