There you have it, this is what to expect from Rocket Lake 11th Gen Desktop Processors and the new series 500-series chipsets from Intel. We will have a full review of two Rocket Lake CPUs coming at launch, plus Z590 motherboard reviews and overclocking reviews in the future.
Here are our thoughts and opinions. It seems to us, that Intel is trying to target some big single-core IPC increases. In this way Intel wants to take back the crown of gaming performance, which like it or not, is still very single-core IPC and frequency oriented. AMD has the multi-thread crown, but if Intel can edge in there somewhere and take back the single-thread crown, it can win in some areas. By shear IPC and frequency, it is poised to do so. Time will tell, our benchmarks will reveal this truth or not.
One thing is for sure, no amount of IPC increases will make up for the loss in cores and threads for multi-threaded applications. Those that are using applications that take advantage of multi-threading, or doing workloads that demand multi-threading will have a disadvantage with Rocket Lake versus the competition’s higher core count. It’s just math.
The platform improvements are welcomed however, now we have PCIe 4.0 support across the board. This will mean you can fire up those fast NVMe SSDs and other devices. The improved connectivity support will also keep the platform alive. The integrated Xe graphics actually sound promising, and we are excited to look at that. The additions in overclocking ability will certainly delight enthusiast overclockers, it will give them something to really have fun with and aim for the highest overclocking results. The new series 500 chipset platform seems very solid and feature full.
The Final Points
The thing we need to find out is that when compared by similar price points, where are the advantages and disadvantages going to be between Intel and AMD CPUs. Will one favor single-core performance? Will one favor gaming performance? Will one favor multi-threading performance? These are the questions we have to find the answers to. Therefore, take all this information into account, and stay tuned for full reviews coming at the end of this month to find out how it all stacks up.