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Intel has confirmed that its 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake-S” processors will be available to purchase beginning on March 30. The confirmation comes courtesy of German hardware site HardwareLuxx, which received the official date after asking Intel why retailers were already selling some of the CPUs weeks ahead of their previously rumored release date. Intel didn’t have much to say about that aside from the fact that it is aware of the embargo violation.

“We take our embargo agreements seriously,” Intel wrote in its statement to HardwareLuxx. “We are aware of a retailer selling unreleased products and are following up as appropriate.”

“We cannot comment on particular actions taken by retailers. We have ongoing discussions with partners which are confidential as part of our policy. We take our embargo agreements seriously and are following up as appropriate.”

“The sales embargo for 11th Gen Desktop processors (Rocket Lake S) is March 30, 2021 at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET.”

Reports of German retailer Mindfactory selling Intel’s Core i7-11700K “Rocket Lake-S” processor ahead of its official release date began circulating last week. According to the shop’s listing, over 120 units have already been sold.

“Great CPU, runs well on my Maximus Extreme XII Z490 (I know Mindfactory doesn’t like Asus) with the latest BIOS 2004, since I have the latest Intel Management Engine on it, the RAM works again,” reads an early review from a satisfied Mindfactory customer.

“Mine runs on 5.2Ghz allcore without hyperthreading because 8 real cores are sufficient for 99% of all games and I have a single core CB20 power of 630, which will also affect the games. Why Mindfactory sold the CPU prerelease, everyone is probably wondering, I don’t care, I think several people should be brave enough to stop the manufacturers’ madness with their stupid NDAs!”

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