Intel Rocket Lake-S processors: innovations, specifications and prices

Intel has introduced the 11th generation of Core desktop processors – the Rocket Lake-S family. In addition to high performance, the new products are notable for their support of high-speed PCI-Express 4.0 interface and fast DDR4-3200 RAM.

Based on the new Cypress Cove architecture, the 14nm Intel Core processors, according to the vendor, are 19% more productive than comparable models of the previous generation in terms of number of instructions per cycle (IPC) for the cores with the highest frequency. Support for Thunderbolt 4 and Intel Wi-Fi 6E, up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 3200 MHz DDR4 memory modules is announced.

The flagship of the new series was the eight-core Core i9-11900K with 16 execution threads and a maximum clock speed of 5.3 GHz. According to the company, despite the reduced number of cores, the processor was 14% faster than its 10-core predecessor in Microsoft Flight Simulator with high graphics settings, 13% faster in Total War: Three Kingdoms, and beat the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X by 11% and 10% respectively in 1080p resolution.

The series also includes the Core i7-11700K and Core i7-11700KF (8 cores and 16 threads, 3.6/5.0 GHz), the six-core Core i5-11600K and Core i5-11600KF clocked at 3.9/4.6 GHz, and upgraded Core i3 and Pentium Gold models. The new generation chips get extended memory overclocking support for H570 and B560 chipsets, as well as a redesigned memory controller with an extended range of timings. The recommended price of the new products is shown in the slides below.

Intel Rocket Lake-S processors feature a 50% increase in integrated graphics performance over the previous generation thanks to a new core based on the Xe architecture. In addition, the 11th generation models support Resizeable BAR, allowing the CPU to access the full memory capacity of the graphics card, as well as AV1 and HEVC video encoding formats.

They will be available from April 30, 2021.

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