Intel's early Rocket Lake-S benchmarks promise over 18% single-threaded performance gain over Comet Lake-S

Intel’s early Rocket Lake-S benchmarks promise over 18% single-threaded performance gain over Comet Lake-S

Intel yesterday hinted that its new series of desktop Rocket Lake-S processors will be able to provide a confident increase in IPC (the number of instructions executed per clock cycle) due to microarchitectural improvements. If the latter find internet detective Tum_Apisak indicates correct information, then in the new processors one should expect a performance increase of up to 21%.

Rocket Lake-S processors will be based on the new Cypress Cove microarchitecture. The chips will be able to offer up to 8 Sunny Cove computing cores, as well as up to 16 virtual threads. Thus, the maximum number of cores for the flagship solutions of Rocket Lake-S will be less than that of the flagships of the current generation of Comet Lake-S processors. Based on this, we can assume that the performance results of the eight-core Rocket Lake-S processor found in the UserBenchmark database most likely report the performance results of one of the engineering samples of Intel’s flagship solution of the next generation.

The information indicates that a particular sample is operating in the 3.4 to 4.2 GHz frequency range. The chip was tested in tandem with the yet unannounced MSI Z590-A PRO-12VO (MS-7D10) motherboard based on the future Intel Z590 chipset. The presence of the 12VO prefix in the board name may indicate the new ATX12VO (“12V Only”) standard from Intel. It eliminates the use of 3.3 and 5 volt circuits from the PSU, leaving only 12 volt lines. Thus, instead of the usual 24-pin power connector, motherboards with the new standard use 10-pin ATX power connectors. The first solution using the new standard – the ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4SR motherboard – we already saw in April this year.

In a single-threaded test, the Rocket Lake-S engineering sample performed better than its immediate predecessors. The processor scored 179 points in the single-threaded test. For comparison, the Intel Core i7-10700K of the Comet Lake-S generation with a clock frequency of 5.1 GHz scored 148 points in the same test, which is 21% less, and the Core i9-10900K with a frequency of 5.3 GHz – 152 points, which is less by 18%. In the multi-threaded benchmark for 8 cores, the new product scored 1115 points, which is more than the result of the Core i7-10700K (1045 points), but up to 4% less than the result of the ten-core Core i9-10900K (1156 points).

It is already clear that Rocket Lake-S will have excellent single-threaded performance. Intel previously mentioned that the next generation flagship solutions will be able to operate at frequencies up to 5 GHz. Intel’s upcoming desktop chips will likely compete with Zen 3 in gaming, but AMD will have double the core count. Intel’s Rocket Lake-S processors are expected to be released in the first quarter of 2021.

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