At this stage, details about Intel’s 11th generation Rocket Lake desktop CPUs are out in the open, but have lacked any official confirmation from the brand itself. Until now, that is.
John Bonini, vice president (VP) and general manager (GM) of Intel’s desktops and gaming, recently spilt some beans about his company’s next-generation desktop CPUs. The first is that we, the consumers, can expect to see 11th gen Rocket Lake processors on store shelves as early as the first quarter of 2021. The second morsel is that the new CPU series will support the PCIe 4.0, making it the first Intel CPU series to support the interface and two years since it was first introduced by its rival, AMD.
Sadly, Bonini’s blog post doesn’t provide any further detail about Rocket Lake, not even the kind of clockspeeds we can expect from even the top-tier CPU in the Rocket Lake lineup. To date, the only leak that allegedly contains details comes from Thailand-based leakster, APISAK (@TUM_APISAK). Who posted some details of what he believes to be a Rocket Lake-S CPU. Running with a base and boost clock of 3.2GHz and 4.3GHz, respectively.
The new launch window of Intel’s Rocket Lake CPUs truly couldn’t come any sooner; AMD will be announcing its next-generation Zen 3 Ryzen desktop CPUs later today, which will reportedly be branded as the Ryzen 5000 series. Needless to say, Intel has been playing catch up in more ways than one with its rival, and with it finally adopting PCIe 4.0, many are hoping that the feature will at least put the semiconductor maker back in the running next year.