Intel Rocket Lake-S CPUs Arrive

Today is the 30th, launch day for Intel’s latest CPUs, Rocket Lake-S. These chips are last in line (finally) for the 14nm process, and have scaled back in terms of cores in favor of IPC improvements. How do they officially stack up against the AMD Zen 3 CPUs though? Read on to find out.

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Intel Launches 11th Gen Intel Core: Unmatched Overclocking, Game Performance

The 11th Gen Intel® Core™ S-series desktop processors (code-named “Rocket Lake-S”) launched worldwide today, led by the flagship Intel® Core™ i9-11900K. Reaching speeds of up to 5.3GHz with Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost1, the Intel Core i9-11900K delivers even more performance to gamers and PC enthusiasts.

More: 11th Gen Intel Core Desktop (Press Kit) | Tech Minute: Intel’s Rocket Lake-S in 60 seconds (Video) | Introducing the New 11th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors (Product Brief) | 11th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors SKU Tables (PDF)

Engineered on the new Cypress Cove architecture, 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors are designed to transform hardware and software efficiency and increase raw gaming performance​. The new architecture brings up to 19% gen-over-gen instructions per cycle (IPC) improvement2 for the highest frequency cores and adds Intel® UHD graphics featuring the Intel® Xe graphics architecture for rich media and intelligent graphics capabilities. That matters because games and most applications continue to depend on high-frequency cores to drive high frame rates and low latency.

Designed to Game: With its new 11th Gen desktop processors, Intel continues to push desktop gaming performance to the limits and deliver the most amazing immersive experiences for players everywhere.

At the top of the stack is the 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K, featuring unmatched performance with up to 5.3 gigahertz, eight cores, 16 threads and 16 megabytes of Intel® Smart Cache. The unlocked 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processor supports fast memory speeds with DDR4-3200 to help enable smooth gameplay and seamless multitasking on this platform.

Improvements in this generation include:

  • Up to 19% gen-over-gen IPC performance improvement.
  • Up to 50% better integrated graphics performance with Intel UHD graphics featuring Intel Xe graphics architecture.3
  • Intel® Deep Learning Boost and Vector Neural Network Instructions support​ to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) inference — vastly improving performance for deep learning workloads.
  • Enhanced overclocking tools and features for flexible overclocking and tuning performance and experience.

Through close collaboration with more than 200 of the top game developers, Intel brings a host of game, engine, middleware and rendering optimizations to applications so they can take advantage of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ S-series processors to deliver exciting gaming experiences.

Superior Tuning and Stability: 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors introduce new overclocking tools and features for more flexible tuning to achieve unmatched speeds and superior game performance. This generation includes real-time memory overclocking which enables changes to DDR4 frequency in real time, extending memory overclocking support for H570 and B560 chipsets allowing users to experience overclocking, Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) 2  and AVX-512 voltage guard band override, and an all new integrated memory controller with wider timings and Gear 2 support (in addition to Gear 1 support).

Media and Streaming Features for Days: The new 11th Gen Intel Core S-series delivers rich media experiences, from AAA gaming to high-definition streaming with additional features including DDR4-3200 MHz support, 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, Intel Quick Sync Video, enhanced media​ (10bit AV1/12bit high-efficiency video coding decode and end-to-end  compression), enhanced display (Integrated HDMI 2.0, HBR3), and discrete Thunderbolt™ 4 and Intel Wi-Fi 6E support.

For more information on Intel 11th Gen Intel® Core™ S-series desktop processors, visit the 11th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors Product Brief.

Read more @ Intel Newsroom

Intel Core i7-11700K and Core i9-11900K Hit CPU-Z

Over on Twitter, APISAK has come across some CPU-Z benchmarks of the upcoming Intel Rocket Lake-S processor, the Core -7-11700K and Core i9-11900K. Time will tell if these score can actually be trusted, but they look interesting. For example, the Core i7-11700K posts a single threaded score of 719 at a blazing 5.3GHz. The Core i9-11900K rolled in at 716. Perhaps less reliable is the 5.9GHz report. We’ll see soon enough what the real performance of these chips are.

Intel Rocket Lake-S Specs, Performance Leaks

Over at VideoCardz, several slides of information detailing the full specifications along with high level performance numbers have been posted, courtesy of a Weibo user. As we’ve already seen several early reviews hit the web thus far, most of this is none to surprising. The slides claim 8-14% gains in gaming between the 11900K and 10900K, allowing them to surpass the AMD Ryzen 5 5900X by single digits overall. We’ll see if these pan out, but if we’re talking low to mid single digit gains, I’d still lean towards the Ryzen processor from a power efficiency perspective. We’ll see how the reviews pan out at the end of the month with, hopefully, better production BIOS’ for these new chips.

Intel Core i7-11700K Reviewed – AnandTech

Now that some etailers have decided to start shipping Rocket lake-S chips early, AnandTech has taken a bit of an unconventional approach to get around the Intel NDA and purchased a retail unit for review. This chip goes head-to-head with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, and comes up…somewhat lacking it would appear. AnandTech details the performance of the chip against the Core i7-10700K as well as the Ryzen 7 5800X. The new Rocket lake-S chips are hot, power hungry beasts. From the looks of it, if you have a choice go with the Zen 3 option. But, in today’s market of “take what you can get”, the Core i7-10700K may be the more attractive option overall. We’ll see more later this month when the NDA lifts for launch on the 30th. Until then, take a look at AnandTech’s coverage.

Intel Rocket Lake-S: Launching March 30th

A duo of reports from the last two days has confirmed the Intel Rocket Lake-S launch for March 30th. We’ll see if, by some miracle, this doesn’t turn into an effective paper launch with a months long wait to get one of these chips. At the same time, WCCFTech has the full details on all of the Rocket Lake-S chips:

Intel Core i9-11900K: CPU-Z, GB 3,4,5 Benchmarks

Courtesy of Videocardz, we have some additional Intel Core i9-11900K benchmarks today. A recent test using CPU-Z shows the chip operating with an all-core clock of 4.7GHz, or the stock setting. No added boosts here. The chip was tested on an Intel Z490 motherboard, complete with DDR4-3200. The chip racked up a score of 716 points for single threaded performance and 6,539 for multi-threaded. They also have numbers from Geekbench 3, 4 and 5. All of which are impressive. Single threaded performance on GB 5 rolls in at 1920, with 10955 multi-threaded. head over to see the full details.

Intel Rocket Lake-S Available March 15th?

According to an article posted on HKEPC, Intel’s Rocket Lake-S processors are reported to be available as soon as March 15th:

According to a report from China’s Mydriver on the 17th, Intel’s 11th generation Rocket Lake-S CPU will be available on March 15. Although the number of cores is less than that of the 10th generation, IPC performance has grown significantly. If you are willing to wait, you can consider going straight. The 12th-generation Alder Lake has 16 cores and an IPC performance improvement of 20%. It is expected to be released in September this year and officially launched in December.

It is understood that the new 12th-generation Alder Lake-S CPU will use an enhanced version of the 10nm ESF process, which reduces power consumption by 15% compared to the existing 10nm SuperFin, and uses the new big.LITTLE hybrid CPU architecture. The big core will use The new Golden Cove CPU core, the small core will use Atom’s Gracemont core, 8 large and 8 small provide up to 16 cores, 24 threads, performance must not be ignored.

Intel has reported ~19% IPC gains for Rocket Lake-S, looking to reclaim several performance crowns from AMD’s Zen 3 line that launched late last year. These chips will also use the 10nm SuperFin manufacturing process. Head on over to read more details.

Intel Core i9-11900T Hits Geekbench

A new 11th Gen Intel chip has popped up on Geekbench, this time the octal-core Core i9-11900T. This looks to be a 35W TDP chip, and manages to keep up with Zen 3 processors in the single threaded results (1717). Multi-thread can’t keep pace, though still performs well for a 35W TDP part (8349). This chip was tested on an ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XIII HERO. Head on over for more details.

Intel Core i9-11900K, Core i7-11700K, and Core i5-11600K Specs Leak

Courtesy of a report from Videocardz, we have potential specifications today on Intel’s upcoming 11th Gen processors. it would appear that this slide came from and MSI presentation, showing default DDR4-3200 support across the board. TDPs are in line wth expectations at 125W for each processor. The base clocks range from 3.5GHz on the i9-11900K to 3.9GHz on the i5-11600K. The Coire i9-11900K Thermal Velocity Boost maxes out at 5.3GHz single core, 4.8GHz all core. Standard Turbot Boost caps out at 5.1GHz on the same chip. Head on over to read more.