Intel has confirmed its 11th generation Rocket Lake desktop class CPUs. The powerful processors will launch in the first quarter of 2021 and will be equipped with features such as PCIe 4.0 on board.
Interestingly, the announcement comes just hours before AMD is ready to unveil its first CPUs based on its next-generation Zen 3 architecture for desktop computers. AMD’s new silicons should generally take things to the next level in terms of competition, and even cut down on Intel’s current 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs when it comes to both performance and perhaps price too. With that in mind, Intel’s announcement takes on significance as it serves as a reminder to its fan base that bigger and better things are on the way.
Intel has not yet confirmed an exact launch date for the Rocket Lake CPUs. However, he confirmed that the company is aiming for a Q1 2021 release for these chips. As the company itself hasn’t revealed any details about the processors, past reports have given us an indication of what these processors might look like.
There are suggestions that the new Rocket Lake chips will bring compatibility with Intel’s 400 series motherboards, thus providing an easy path for an upgrade for existing users. Additionally, other reports suggest that the new Rocket Lake processors will be manufactured using a 14nm process that Intel has been using for some time. However, despite the chips not moving to a new production node, they would still bring a number of new features that should help them meet the challenge posed by AMD with its new processors.
The announcement comes just hours before AMD unveils its first CPUs based on its next-generation Zen 3 architecture for desktop.
- Intel has confirmed 11th generation desktop CPUs for 2021.
- These CPUs will be called Rocket Lake processors.
- Rocket Lake CPUs will ship with PCIe 4.0 support.