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In a weblog put up revealed by Intel’s VP and GM of Consumer Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming, John Bonini, there’s a part titled “Rocket Lake is Coming.” Whereas the title may really feel imprecise, Bonini goes on to substantiate that “…the following technology eleventh Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed Rocket Lake) is coming within the first quarter of 2021 and can present help for PCIe 4.0″.
Intel Rocket Lake Key Options
Maybe the most important draw for customers to Rocket Lake desktop CPUs goes to be the adoption of PCIe Gen 4.0. The brand new CPU gives as much as 20 PCIe Gen 4 lanes straight linked to the CPU, permitting for direct connection of GPUs and storage. Rocket Lake S will proceed to be manufactured on Intel’s 14nm+++ course of. As a way to benefit from the brand new processors, customers would ideally want to maneuver over to a 500-series motherboard, though some producers constructed PCIe lanes into their 400-series boards, which may be enabled through a BIOS replace. So when you’re at present utilizing a tenth-gen Intel processor on a Z490 board which has PCIe lanes built-in, then you’ll be able to improve to Rocket Lake. Nevertheless, when you’re utilizing an H410 or B460 board, you’re going to wish to improve to a more recent board as properly. Intel sometimes initiates a board change each two generations. When the corporate launched their Comet Lake processors, it was not going to be backwards suitable and customers wanted to improve their motherboards as properly.
At the moment when Z490 boards have been launched, some OEMs marketed PCIe Gen 4 spec, however not all. Whereas one may assume this disadvantages present 10th gen customers, however in actuality, it might not be the case. Intel additionally showcased their Alder Lake CPU based mostly on 10nm fabrication and utilising a hybrid structure, anticipated to launch within the second half of 2021. These on the Comet Lake chips with non-PCIe Gen 4 boards may simply transfer on to Alder Lake, but it surely stays to be seen if Alder Lake’s hybrid structure would match up or exceed the sort of efficiency we’ve come to anticipate from Intel, however extra importantly, given AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs competitors.