Despite earlier statements that Intel will introduce new processors of the Rocket Lake-S family no earlier than March-April next year, the latest reports from the Chinese media suggest that the company may announce these chips at an earlier date. They can be presented as early as mid-January, at CES 2021 or at the end of next month.
However, it is explained that the announcement will be essentially “paper”. Within the framework of the presentation, the company will only talk about the range of processors, their technical characteristics and performance, as well as their future recommended cost. However, the chips will appear on sale later. At the moment, it is not known for certain when exactly this will happen.
With the early announcement, Intel probably wants to stir up interest in Rocket Lake-S and convince people not to rush into buying AMD Ryzen 5000 processors, which are currently in serious shortage.
Recall that Rocket Lake-S will use the new Cypress Cove microarchitecture, which will be a “transposition” of the 10nm Sunny Cove architecture known for mobile Ice Lake chips onto a 14nm process technology. Due to the complexity of the core architecture, the older Rocket Lake-S models will be limited to eight cores and 16 virtual threads, but at the same time they will be able to work as part of motherboards equipped with the current LGA 1200 processor socket.
Intel Pledges Double-Digit IPC (Instructions Executed Per Clock) For New Chips Against Current Comet Lake-S Chips And Enhanced Graphics Subsystem Based On Intel X Architecturee-LP. One of the main features of the Rocket Lake-S processors will be support for up to 20 PCI-Express 4.0 interface lanes. Also, the new processors will receive an updated DDR4-3200 memory controller and support for two additional USB 3.2 connectors at a speed of 20 Gb / s per channel.
According to rumors, the flagship Intel Core i7-11700K model will receive a suggested price tag below $ 400, while the lower-end Core i5 models will be offered under $ 300. Earlier it was also reported that as part of CES 2021, the manufacturer may provide sets of system logic for motherboards of the 500 series.
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