Intel has revealed what’s coming with its eleventh Gen Intel Rocket Lake-S processors, and you are going to wish to verify this CPUs out. Coming sometime before March, 2021, the brand new CPU structure arriving on desktop will include a model new structure and Intel Xe graphics.
It appears to be like like Skylake is lastly being put out to pasture with Intel’s eleventh Gen, after 5 generations of desktop chip have been produced utilizing some variant of the structure. As an alternative will sit Cypress Cove, a brand new structure that blends each the core structure from Intel’s tenth Gen Ice Lake cell chips (Sunny Cove) with the graphics structure from Intel’s eleventh Gen Tiger Lake cell chips, Intel Xe.
That may make for a double-digit % Directions Per Clock (IPC) improve, Intel claims, and it says that can assist it “ship superb efficiency and adaptability to fulfill a variety of wants for avid gamers and content material creators.”
Different enhancements embody: PCIe 4.0 assist for as much as 20 lanes, assist for brand spanking new media encoders (HEVC, VP9, SCC, AVI as much as 4K60), Deep Studying Increase for AI workloads, elevated reminiscence speeds, new overclocking options, and the brand new Intel UHD graphics that includes Intel Xe.
The one transport product with Intel Xe powering it at this time is Intel’s eleventh Gen Tiger Lake cell chips. You’ll be able to see how that structure stacks up in our Tiger Lake deep-dive. We all know Intel plans on incorporating this new graphics structure right into a discrete gaming GPU (DG2) someday sooner or later, however earlier than that it appears to be like like we’ll be getting a style of it on desktop.
Maybe that is not all that thrilling, contemplating we’ll nearly at all times be pairing considered one of Intel’s high-end processors with a beefy GPU from Nvidia’s RTX 30-series inventory or the soon-to-launch AMD RX 6000-series.
|Intel Rocket Lake||Intel Comet Lake||AMD Ryzen 5000|
|Structure||Cypress Cove (Sunny Cove)||Comet Lake (Skylake)||Zen 3|
|iGPU||Intel Xe (Gen 12)||Gen 9||None (desktop)|
|Socket||LGA 1200 (unconfirmed)||LGA 1200||AM4|
Intel may also introduce a brand new 500-series chipset with Rocket Lake-S on desktop, though some murmurs across the tenth Gen CPU launch and appropriate Z490 motherboards counsel there will probably be backwards compatibility in some capability.
The large query stays: Will Intel Rocket Lake have what it takes to take down AMD’s Ryzen 5000-series? AMD has additionally improved IPC and gaming efficiency considerably with its next-gen processors, set to reach subsequent month, and Intel could have to drag out all of the stops to problem the purple crew.
What a wierd flip of occasions.
Additionally what’s a little bit unusual is that Intel will probably be taking a step backwards by way of core counts so as to ship the brand new structure. Cypress Cove will max out at eight cores and 16 threads, which is a slight drop subsequent to Intel Core i9 10900K at 10 cores and 20 threads. It additionally arms AMD the core depend lead with its 12- and 16-core Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X.
Which is all to say lots of what has been leaked sporadically over the course of the 12 months was true, in spite of everything. It is comforting to have all of it in an official PDF nonetheless.
What’s not talked about within the official docs is the method node Intel’s utilizing for Rocket Lake, however it has previously confirmed Intel Alder Lake, a hybrid chip structure launching on the finish of 2020, to be its first 10nm chip on the desktop. In order that solely actually leaves one course of: 14nm.
With Intel hitting again at AMD with a model new structure, and Nvidia and AMD seemingly now neck-a-neck in graphics card efficiency, we’re coming into an extremely thrilling time for PC gaming on all fronts. All this competitors has been like an injection of adrenaline proper to the guts of PC gaming. Reasonably priced 4K gaming, right here we come.