Intel 11th generation Rocket Lake processors are here

March 16, 2021
Intel Core

Months of teases, years of delays, and here we are with Intel finally detailing its 11th generation desktop processors. Codenamed Rocket Lake-S, these pack quite a bit of punch.

Still built on the 14nm node, these CPUs include a new architecture that comes with improvements of up to 19% instructions per clock cycle. They also come with an all-new integrated graphics, as well as new AI features with Intel Deep Learning Boost.

Let’s start with the list of new features.

Intel Rocket Lake Architecture

Rocket Lake-S supports up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, whereas its predecessor had about half the bandwidth. There is also support for faster DDR4-3200 memory, integrated HDMI 2.0, support for 10-bit AV1, as well as 12-bit HEVC.

Better overclocking capabilities are also in.

And while Rocket Lake-S uses the same LGA 1200 socket as Comet Lake-S, it does require the new 500 series chipset. This new chipset comes with built-in support for Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6E, 20Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, and more.

Thankfully, Intel has confirmed that some older motherboards are supported via a firmware update.

In terms of graphics, we have the new UHD Graphics 750 solution that uses the Iris Xe architecture that delivers a boost of up to 50% over the previous generation.

These new processors are shipping this month, and max out at $539 for the flagship Core i9-11900K. Price goes down from there, with the lowest-end model being the Pentium Gold 6405T that can be had for as little as $64.

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