Intel to debut 11th Gen ‘Rocket Lake’ desktop processors in early 2021

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Intel has faced increasing competition from rivals in the chip world throughout the past few years. However, it hopes to set itself apart with its upcoming 11th Gen Rocket Lake desktop processors. On Wednesday, the chipmaker announced that the silicon will be available in the first quarter of 2021.

Wednesday’s announcement certainly isn’t a coincidence. AMD, arguably Intel’s biggest competitor in the CPU space, is slated to unveil its own next-gen processors on Thursday. Though Intel is still the go-to name in computing for many, AMD’s flashy new hardware is certainly competitive.

Intel’s reminder that it has new silicon releasing early next year could help it retain customers. The Rocket Lake desktop chips should be able to hold their own.

What to Expect from Intel’s Rocket Lake Chips

Intel wasn’t exactly transparent with the release date for its Rocket Lake desktop processors. It only said that they would arrive in early 2021. That being said, other media outlets have reported a more specific timeframe. Videocardz claims that the chips will arrive in March. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen.

Although it didn’t confirm a release date, Intel did say that the 11th Gen chips will ship with PCIe 4.0 support. That’s a noteworthy tidbit for PC builders.

Meanwhile, Intel’s new Rocket Lake chips will reportedly be compatible with current 400-series motherboards. That would be a big advantage for consumers who want to upgrade their rig next year when the new CPUs launch.

Again, the specs of Intel’s new processors remain unconfirmed at this point. However, Wccftech reporting suggests that the Rocket Lake chips are built on a 14nm process with a revamped Willow Cove core. Other leaks suggest that the processors will be able to speed boost up to 5.0 GHz.

Although it’s a bit disappointing that Intel hasn’t released 10nm desktop processors yet, the backporting approach should deliver notable improvements. It’s likely that Intel is saying farewell to its 14nm architecture and sending it out with a bang in the form of these Rocket Lake chips.

Finally, it is likely that Intel’s new processors will ship with the company’s Xe graphics. The feature is baked into Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake laptop chips and it makes sense that it would also arrive for desktops. Xe delivers noteworthy graphics performance, allowing gamers to play triple-A titles without a discreet graphics card. It is also powerful enough to run dual 4K displays or a single 8K UHD display with HDR10 resolution.

Stay tuned to The Burn-In for the latest info on Intel’s upcoming Rocket Lake processors and other news from around the semiconductor industry.


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