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Intel confirms Rocket Lake desktop CPUs are coming in Q1 2021

By Kenny Yeo - on 8 Oct 2020, 9:49am

Intel confirms Rocket Lake desktop CPUs are coming in Q1 2021

Intel's new logo. (Image source: Intel)

Intel has just confirmed that its Rocket Lake CPUs for desktop will be coming in Q1 2021.

John Bonini, Intel's VP and GM of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming said the following in blog post on Medium:

Though as you’d expect, we’re constantly looking ahead at what’s next and how we can make our desktop CPUs even better. With that said, 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. It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned!

Unfortunately, details are scarce, so we don't know whether Rocket Lake will be based on Intel's newer 10nm process or older 14nm process.

The only detail we can confirm is that it will support PCIe 4.0 which will enable it to take better advantage of today's most powerful GPUs and fastest SSDs.

However, it is widely believed that alongside support for PCIe 4.0, Rocket Lake will also feature Intel's new Xe graphics and support Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4.

Interestingly, this blog post comes a day before AMD is expected to unveil its next-generation Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 CPUs.

Source: Medium