Intel Details 11th Gen Core-S Series Processors (Rocket Lake): Double-Digit IPC Improvement

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Intel has released a slide deck that confirms some of the features for its upcoming lineup of 11th Gen Core processors, otherwise known as “Rocket Lake.”

Available in configurations of up to 8 cores and 16 threads, Rocket Lake processors leverage the all-new Cypress Cove architecture to enable a double-digit percentage improvement in IPC performance. They feature up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes and an iGPU based on Intel’s new Xe graphics architecture, as well as other additions such as integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 and new overclocking capabilities.

“Intelligently designed for desktop performance, Rocket Lake takes advantage of the microarchitecture changes and instructions per clock (IPC) advancements to deliver improved raw performance, gen over gen,” Intel wrote.

Here are the key platform features of Rocket Lake, courtesy of Intel.

  • Cypress Cove Cores
    • Up to 8 cores / 16 threads
    • Double-digit IPC improvement
  • Memory Controller
    • Increased memory speeds, up to DD4-3200
  • Integrated PCIe Gen 4 (CPU)
    • Low latency, high bandwidth
  • Increased CPU PCIe Lanes
    • Added 4 Gen 4 PCIe lanes, total of 20 CPU Gen 4 PCIe lanes
  • Enhanced Intel UHD Graphics featuring Xe Graphics Architecture
    • ~50 percent higher performance vs. Gen9 integrated graphics (projected)
  • Media Encoders
    • Up to 4K/60 12b 4:4:4 HEVC, VP9, SCC
    • Up to 4K/60 10b 4:2:0 AV1
  • Display Resolutions
    • Up to 3x 4K60 or 2x 5K60
    • DP 1.4a, HDMI 2.0b, HBR3
  • Intel Deep Learning Boost
    • VNNI for improved AI performance

Rocket Lake’s exact launch date is unknown, but Intel has promised that its 11th Gen Core processors will arrive during the first quarter of 2021 to “bring even more performance to gamers and PC enthusiasts.”

How they compare with AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 Series (Zen 3) processors should be very, very interesting.

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