Given Intel’s 7nm manufacturing issues, Intel’s Rocket Lake could be the chip you’ll be building your desktop around. Intel confirmed Wednesday that Rocket Lake, its 11th-generation desktop processor, will be available in the first quarter of 2021 with PCI Express 4.0 to boot. This will open up a potential showdown with rival AMD.
John Bonini, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel’s Desktop, Workstation and Gaming Client Computing Group, confirmed Rocket Lake’s existence and release date in a company blog post.
“I’m also pleased to confirm that the next-generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed ‘Rocket Lake’) will arrive in Q1 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0,” he wrote. It will be Another great gaming processor, and we’re excited to reveal more details in the near future. More to come, stay tuned! “Rocket Lake is said to be another holdover from Intel’s legacy 14nm process, potentially using 8 cores. They could come as early as March 2021, but that hasn’t been confirmed, sources told Videocardz.
Just as Intel announced its desktop processors, rival AMD was preparing to launch its own. The chipmaker is about to show off its CPUs based on the Zen 3 architecture for next-generation desktop computers. Increased competition among the big players in chip manufacturing will create a highly competitive atmosphere.
Last month, Intel released Tiger Lake, the first of its 11th-generation processors. The chips use Intel’s SuperFIN technology to guarantee staggering performance and include nine new chips. Intel and its partners confirmed that they will begin shipping in October.