Intel: Rocket Lake-S to hit the market in Q1 2021

Posted on Thursday, October 29 2020 @ 16:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel officially confirmed that its Rocket Lake-S platform will hit the market in Q1 2021. These 11th Gen Core processors will be based on the Cypress Cove architecture and will feature a double-digit increase in IPC. There will be up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, integrated Xe-based graphics, and new overclocking features. It's basically a combination of the Ice Lake CPU architeture with the integrated graphics from Tiger Lake. Rocket Lake-S will feature a maximum of eight cores and sixteen threads, which is less than Comet Lake-S, which offers up to ten cores and twenty threads. Presumably, Rocket Lake-S is made on the 14nm process but the press release from Intel doesn't specifically mention it.
What’s New: Earlier this year, Intel made desktop PCs even better with 10th Gen Intel® Core™ S-series processors, headlined by the Intel Core i9-10900K. In the first quarter of 2021, the 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake-S") will bring even more performance to gamers and PC enthusiasts.

Intelligently designed for desktop performance, Rocket Lake takes advantage of the microarchitecture changes and instructions per clock (IPC) advancements to deliver improved raw performance, gen over gen.

About the Architecture: The 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processor will introduce a new desktop architecture, called Cypress Cove, designed to transform hardware and software efficiency and increase performance. This will enable double-digit percentage IPC performance improvement (gen over gen) and deliver enhanced Intel® UHD™ graphics featuring the Intel® Xe Graphics architecture.

Why Frequency and IPC Matter: Games and most applications continue to depend on high-frequency cores to drive high frame rates and lower latency. In addition, the number of IPC improve on the performance that frequency delivers by executing more instructions. Intel continues to push the limits of performance with IPC gains and the frequencies necessary for gaming, content creation and multitasking.

How It is Optimized for Amazing Gaming: Some of the new features being introduced with 11th Gen Intel Core S-Series include:

  • New Cypress Cove architecture featuring Ice Lake Core architecture and Tiger Lake Graphics architecture.
  • Double-digit percentage IPC performance improvement.
  • Better gen-over-gen performance.
  • Up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes for more configuration flexibility.
  • Enhanced Intel UHD graphics featuring Intel Xe Graphics architecture.
  • Intel® Quick Sync Video, offering better video transcoding and hardware acceleration for latest?codecs.
  • New overclocking features for more flexible tuning performance.
  • Intel® Deep Learning Boost and VNNI support.

    The 11th Gen Intel Core S-Series desktop processors, launching in 2021's first quarter, will deliver amazing performance and flexibility to meet a range of needs for gamers and content creators.

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