Intel Rocket Lake 8c/16t CPU spotted with 5.0 GHz boost

Published: 24th Jul 2020, 11:07 GMT   Comments

Intel’s upcoming desktop CPUs are making a new appearance with higher clocks.

Intel Rocket Lake-S boost to 5.0 GHz

The previous engineering samples of Intel’s 11th Gen core processors have been seen with 4.1 or 4.3 GHz boost clocks. A new result, however, discovered by @leakbench, shows a 700 MHz performance boost to 5.0 GHz. This likely means Rocket Lake-S processors will also benefit from higher clock speeds, already seen on previous 14nm generations.

It is worth noting that we are still not sure where Rocket Lake-S processors will land in the Intel lineup. While the series is expected to be a successor to 10th Gen Core ‘Comte Lake-S’, there is this rather bizarre case of a maximum 8 core configuration. For reference, the flagship Comet Lake-S processors already feature 10 cores and 20 threads. There is also this curious case of an 8-core and 12-thread processor, which still does not quite make any sense. But more important though, this particular leak confirmed Rocket Lake-S is coming to Core i9 series and 125W TDP series.

Intel Rocket Lake-S has not been mentioned during Q2 earnings call, it was also not present in company’s press release or Q&A session. Intel did confirm that its successor (Alder Lake-S) will launch in the second half of 2021, meaning that Rocket Lake-S might arrive a bit sooner than previously expected. Unlike 10nm Alder Lake, Rocket Lake is a 14nm processor series. It does, however, bring a lot of innovations to the Intel portfolio, such as PCIe 4.0 support, Willow Cove core architecture, or Xe Graphics engine on board.

It is rumored that the series could launch in late 2020 or early 2021.

Intel Rocket Lake-S score with 5.0 GHz clock speed, Source: Geekbench

Intel Rocket Lake-S score compared with Comet Lake-S Core i7-10700K (8c/16) processor

Intel Rocket Lake-S Engineering Samples
SampleCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockSource
Rocket Lake #1
1.8 GHz
Rocket Lake #2
3.5 GHz
4.1 GHz
Rocket Lake #3
3.2 GHz
4.3 GHz
3DMark, Geekbench
Rocket Lake #4
3.4 GHz
5.0 GHz

Source: Geekbench via @leakbench, HardwareLeaks

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