Intel announced this morning that its 11th-gen desktop processors, code-named Rocket Lake, will launch someday within the first quarter of 2021. However in contrast to the 10th era, this era will really present help for PCIe 4.0. Not way more data was supplied past that, though Intel did say it might reveal extra within the coming months.
The present launch window will mark solely a yr since Intel launched its 10th-gen desktop processors (Comet Lake) together with a brand new motherboard socket and chipset. For those who upgraded final yr…ouch, I’m sorry. However no less than these motherboards won’t solely help the upcoming Rocket Lake processors, however they’re already outfitted with PCIe 4.Zero help. Intel had bother getting its 400-series chipset to work with PCIe 4.0, so it was a problem on the Comet Lake facet relatively than the motherboard facet.
Moreover, it’s seemingly Intel will launch a brand new chipset with its next-generation desktop processors—which can even imply much more new motherboards. (However once more, the 400-series motherboards will work with Rocket Lake. All they’ll want is an replace.) Z590, H570, B560, and H510 chipsets are rumored to reach on the similar time subsequent yr.
There’s additionally nonetheless some questions on what structure Rocket Lake will likely be primarily based on. Intel has held onto its 14nm course of node for a number of years, largely due to its points transitioning over to the 10nm course of. It’s 11th-gen cell processor, Tiger Lake, relies on the 10nm course of, however that doesn’t essentially imply Rocket Lake will likely be too. Rumors level to it being primarily based on the identical 10nm course of, however backported to the 14nm course of. If true, that may very well be an attention-grabbing technique to make these upcoming CPUs higher than the 10th-gen. There’s solely a lot Intel can get out of its 14nm design at this level, and we noticed it hitting its limits with the higher-end CPUs once we reviewed them again in June 2020.
Rocket Lake may additionally be primarily based on the chiplet design of its 11th-gen cell processors—which means it might need a number of dies and layers of electronics packed right into a single chip bundle. If that’s the case, then it’s potential some 11th-gen desktop processors will include Intel’s brand new integrated Iris Xe graphics, too. All that’s left to take a position is how briskly these new desktop CPUs are going to be. Hopefully, we’ll get the total rundown earlier than the tip of the yr.
Within the meantime, AMD is anticipated to disclose extra particulars tomorrow about its subsequent era of desktop processors, the Ryzen 4000-series, which will likely be primarily based on its Zen three structure. Zen 2, which the 3000-series CPUs are primarily based on, made the inspiration for an unimaginable era of processors, however Zen three is anticipated to do a lot, way more.
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