Intel’s 14 nm Rocket Lake-S CPUs Going Up Against AMD’s Ryzen 5000 Series (Zen 3) in March 2021

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VideoCardz has learned that Intel is planning to launch its 11th Gen Core series, Rocket Lake-S, in March 2021. While the anticipation for these chips seems lukewarm (they’re still stuck on the aging 14 nm process, after all), the platform does introduce a couple of benefits for Intel enthusiasts. One of the biggest is legitimate PCIe 4.0 support, which was axed from the current generation (Comet Lake-S) due to signal/jitter issues.

A leaked diagram also shows that the Rocket Lake-S platform will boast increased DDR4 memory speeds, additional PCIe lanes, discrete Intel Thunderbolt 4 support, as well as new overclocking features and capabilities. Intel’s 11th Gen Core processors will also feature iGPUs based on the company’s latest graphics architecture, Xe.

Lending credence to Rocket Lake-S’s March 2021 debut is a leaked road map shared by HD Tecnología. The image lists various Rocket Lake-S chipsets (i.e., Z590, H570, B560, and H510), all of which are slotted for Spring.

The leaked slide also suggests that Intel won’t have new HEDT products to share until the second half of the year (note that the X299 bar goes all the way to June). Evidently, AMD’s 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper lineup will remain uncontested in the near future.

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