Intel’s sales and review embargoes for its 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake-S” processors will reportedly be lifted on March 30. The purported date was shared by Wccftech, which also revealed that the CPUs would officially be detailed by Intel two weeks earlier on March 16. Pre-orders for 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake-S” processors will also begin on that date.
“[…] we are first going to get a proper announcement on the 16th of March at 8 AM (Pacific Time),” Wccftech reported. “On this date, Intel will allow the press to disclose full information regarding its 11th Gen family which would include CPU information, specs, and prices. Intel will also open up pre-orders for its 11th Gen family on the same day, allowing partners and retailers to start advertising the chips officially.”
“[…] what’s interesting is that you won’t get any reviews for the said chips until two weeks later. The review and sales NDA ends on the 30th of March at 6 AM (Pacific Time). So for those who will be pre-ordering the chips, you would only have leaked performance numbers to base your purchase decisions upon. Also, you will have to wait two weeks before you can get your processor.”
Wccftech goes on to explain that the reason why Intel is delaying reviews and sales of its 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake-S” processors is so motherboard manufacturers have enough time to deliver a new microcode update that presumably ensures proper support and compatibility. The fact that there won’t be any reviews when pre-orders open up does seem like a genuine problem that early prospective buyers will have to wrestle with, though.