Intel’s 11th generation desktop processors, codenamed “Rocket Lake”, have just been announced. Aimed primarily at gamers and desktop enthusiasts, these processors are based on the new core architecture of “Cypress Cove” and many of them have a more powerful integrated Intel Xe graphics capabilities, including AI acceleration. Interestingly, “Rocket Lake” marks a large deviation from iteratively the 14nm CPU is refreshed that Intel is launching for the last five years as it struggles with 10nm production capacity. The company has adapted its 10nm ‘Sunny bay“Mobile phone architecture”Ice lake“The processors were built and put back in long-term 14 nm manufacturing process to ensure that it can meet demand.
Intel claims to 19 percent better performance with respect to IPC (clock instructions) over previous generation. Rocket Lake also offers 20 PCIe 4.0 tapes and DDR4-3200 memory support, discrete Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6E, updated media decoding hardware and new overclocking tools.
There are five new Core i9 models, including the new flagship Core i9-11900K, five new Core i7 models and nine new Core i5 models. Along with them, Intel launches new 500-series chipsets, although CPUs are technically backward compatible with motherboards based on current-generation 400-series chips. The company also announced new updated 10th-generation Core i3 and Pentium Gold desktop processors. to round off the bottom of the market.
The best Core i9-11900K is aimed at gamers and content creators. It has eight cores with Hyper-Threading, which is actually less than the 10 cores and 20 threads of the previous generation Core i9-10900K. Intel says overall performance compensates for this, although some highly threaded end boxes may not perform well. This processor features a top speed of 5.3 GHz per core (and 4.8 GHz on all cores), thanks to the Intel Thermal Velocity Boost feature, when a sufficiently powerful cooling solution can be used. It has 16MB cache and 125W TDP rating. There’s also the Core i9-11900KF, which doesn’t have integrated Intel Xe graphics, and the Core i9-11900, which has a 65W TDP and 5.2GHz peak speed.
The more massive Core i7-11700K also has eight cores and 16 threads, but lacks Thermal Velocity Boost. The peak speed is up to 5GHz and has 16MB of cache memory with 125W TDP for this model as well. The Core i5 models feature six cores and 12 threads with 12MB of cache and up to 125W TDP for unlocked SKUs. Core i5-11600KF has a maximum Turbo Boost speed of 4.9GHz.
Intel will hope to take over AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series, which have proven to be excellent at single-threaded and multi-threaded loads. Retail prices for India are yet to be announced. The 11th-generation processors are due to go on sale in the United States on March 30 and are expected to retail in India at the same time.
All 11th-generation Rocket Lake processors will be compatible with previous-generation 400 Series chipsets, except for the low-end B460 and H410, and all 10th-generation Comet Lake processors will continue to work with new motherboards from the 500 series. You’ll need a 500 Series motherboard to use PCIe 4.0, integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, and a faster DMI connection to the latest processors. Interestingly, Intel now allows memory overclocking even on 500 series series motherboards.
Intel has already revealed details about it upcoming 12th generation “Alder Lake” architecture which will finally move the company’s desktop offerings to 10nm and introduce a heterogeneous combination of powerful and energy-efficient cores for the first time. These processors are expected to launch by the end of 2021.