Intel VP and GM of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming, John Bonini, in a Medium blog post renewed the company’s commitment to gaming, by announcing the tentative launch timeline of the company’s next-generation Core desktop processors. The 11th Gen Intel Core “Rocket Lake” processors will launch in Q1-2021. “I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed “Rocket Lake”) is coming in the first quarter of 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0. It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future,” he said.

It’s important to note the timing of this post. AMD later today (8th October) will announce its next-generation Ryzen processors based on the “Zen 3” microarchitecture, and is widely expected to push the IPC envelope even further. This would mean that from the near-parity AMD enjoys with Intel’s “Skylake” based “Comet Lake” processor, AMD would begin to achieve a clear IPC lead over Intel for the first time in over 15 years. An alleged Intel 500-series chipset motherboard launch-related slide leaked earlier this week pins the chipset’s launch in mid-March 2021. Given that Intel tends to launch new processors and chipsets in tandem, this would possibly put the launch of “Rocket Lake” toward the very end of Q1-2021. “Rocket Lake” is expected to introduce Intel’s first IPC gains in the desktop segment since 2015. The chips use new “Cypress Cove” CPU cores, which are a 14 nm backport of “Willow Cove.”



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