Intel CPUs of the 11th generation (Tiger Lake) have already been released in a laptop-friendly shape, but those CPUs are going to be very different from the forthcoming Intel Rocket Lake lineup. John Bonini of Intel announced the presence and release timetable of these forthcoming desktop CPUs, called “Rocket Lake,” in a media post on October 7th.
“I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed “Rocket Lake”) is coming in the first quarter of 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0.” -John Bonini, “Intel’s Commitment to Gaming, and a Sneak Peek at Intel Technology to Come“, Medium (Intel Author)
For what we got from the primary source, though, that was about it. It is interesting that Intel did not post anything on their own website to announce the presence of the upcoming CPUs, instead of depending on a Medium page run by them, with minimal readership. The support for PCIe 4.0 on the Rocket Lake platform is therefore the only concrete details that can be taken away from the paper. And so, another 14 nm generation of CPUs from the giant, the sixth one in a row for Intel since 2015 and Skylake, is the best assumption to make in terms of lithography.
A lack of preparation or assurance of their product for Intel may be the rationale behind such an announcement, without much extra details. This also comes only a day before AMD scheduled their Ryzen 5000 series CPU announcement powered by their new Zen 3 architecture. Other leaks have indicated that the roadmap for Intel from here on would mean the launching of the 11th generation in the first or second quarter of 2021. Intel silences those rumours with the announcement and sets the release date to be before April next year.
Intel’s 11th Generation Rocket Lake CPUs: Up for AMD’s Challenge?
The Zen 3 leaks show that the forthcoming architecture is a dangerous enemy for the products of Intel, and the issue of whether Intel will compete with AMD ‘s best still looms. Intel will definitely bring to the table a host of optimizations, even though they still remain on their 14 nm ageing process, as they have shown in the past. But it remains a mystery until, once they are official, we may criticise the sections themselves.
In the post, Bonini also talks about gaming and its positive aspects, especially in the year 2020. He also cites the cutting edge innovations of Intel that have for so long made it hold on to the crown of gaming dominance, as well as the recent work of Intel with game developers to lift gaming experiences to new heights. It is also possible to see Intel’s affinity for processor frequency, as Bonini highlights the 10th generation i9-10900 K 5.3 GHz boost clock, made possible by Intel’s clock boosting developments.
It is now expected that Intel’s Rocket Lake range of CPUs will be launched in early 2021, giving AMD’s Ryzen 5000 lineup a new challenge that will already be out in the wild by then.