Intel Rocket Lake and Alder Lake CPUs pictured

Published: Nov 3rd 2020, 10:50 GMT   Comments

A photo of an alleged Rocket Lake-S CPU has emerged.

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An alleged photo of Intel’s upcoming mainstream desktop processor codenamed Rocket Lake has been posted on Wing Tseung on Facebook. The CPU will feature the same socket as the current Comet Lake-S series (LGA1200). The 11th Gen Core processors, which Intel officially confirmed last week will launch next year, most likely in the first quarter.

Intel Rocket Lake-S features Cypress Cove core architecture and next-generation Xe-LP graphics. The CPU will have more than 20 CPU PCIe lanes that will now support the 4.0 standard, a major upgrade from the 10th Gen core series.

The CPUs will work on existing 400-series motherboards, but motherboard makers are already working on newer 500 series motherboards with full compatibility for Rocket Lake-S CPUs.

Intel 11th Gen Core (Rocket Lake-S CPU), Source: Wing Tseungs

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A bit further in line is the 12th Gen Core series codenamed Alder Lake. Intel also confirmed that the series will launch in 2021, but one would guess they are not expected sooner than the fourth quarter.

With no official commitment to launch 600-series motherboards yet, it is quite clear that the CPU will require new motherboards, as it features a new socket type called LGA1700. The package is slightly bigger at 45.0 x 37.5 mm, compared to LGA1200 CPUs (37.5×37.5 mm).

Intel Alder Lake CPU design relies on hybrid technology featuring a mix of Gracemont (small) and Golden Cove (big) cores in the package. The top tier CPU will feature 8 big cores and 8 small cores, giving a maximum of 16 cores. However, only the big cores will support hyperthreading, hence the CPUs will be up to 16 cores and 24 threads.

Intel 12th Gen Core (Alder Lake-S CPU), Source:

INTEL Mainstream CPU Series Specs
VideoCardz.comCoffee Lake-SComet Lake-SRocket Lake-SAlder Lake-SMeteor Lake-SLunar Lake-S
Launch Year20182020Q1 20212H 20212022-2023TBC
Fabrication Node14nm14nm14nm10nm SuperFin7nm SuperFin?TBC
Core µArchSkylakeSkylakeCypress CoveGolden Cove + GracemontOcean Cove + GracemontTBC
Graphics µArchGen9.5Gen9.5Gen12.1Gen12.2Gen 12.7Gen 13
Max Core Countup to 8 coresup to 10 coresup to 8 coresup to 16 (8+8)TBCTBC
SocketLGA1151LGA1200LGA1200LGA1700LGA1700LGA1700 (?)
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4DDR4DDR5DDR5DDR5 (?)
PCIe GenPCIe 3.0PCIe 3.0PCIe 4.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0 (?)
Intel Core Series8th/9th Gen Core-S10th Gen Core-S11th Gen Core-S12th Gen Core-S (?)13th Gen Core-S (?)14th Gen Core-S (?)
Motherboard ChipsetsIntel 300 (eg. Z390)Intel 400 (eg. Z490)Intel 500 (Z590)Intel 600 (eg. Z690) (?)Intel 700 (eg. Z790) (?)Intel 800 (eg. Z890) (?)


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