Intel has launched its 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs!

Intel has finally launched their all new 11th Gen CPU line-up and they are finally trying to compete with AMD! This Gen brings along the long awaited features to Team Blue!

The 11th Gen chips, also known as Rocket Lake, feature the highly anticipated PCIe 4.0 standard! This will allow you to fully exploit the potential of new gen cards from NVIDIA and AMD. Along with this, the chips also feature memory overclocking support across a wide range of boards, so you can extract the last few drops of performance from your rig.

These chips are sadly still based on the 14nm process, but the exciting part is that Intel has backported the 10nm designs to 14nm, bringing major IPC uplifts and performance improvements.

Rocket Lake makes use of their new Cypress Cove architecture, which is Intel’s first new desktop architecture in five years. Rocket Lake is also the first set of Intel’s desktop CPUs to come with their new Intel Xe graphics architecture. Together, Intel says they should deliver up to 19% instructions per clock improvements and up to 50% better integrated graphics performance gen-on-gen.

This is the CPU line-up for Rocket Lake:

ProcessorCores / ThreadsBase / Max Turbo Boost FrequencyMemory SupportTDPUnlocked for OC
Intel Core i9-11900K8 / 163.5GHz / 5.3GHzDDR4-2933 / 3200125WYes
Intel Core i9-119008 / 162.5GHz / 5.2GHzDDR4-2933 / 320065WNo
Intel Core i7-11700K8 / 163.6GHz / 5.0GHzDDR4-2933 / 3200125WYes
Intel Core i7-117008 / 162.5GHz / 4.9GHzDDR4-2933 / 320065WNo
Intel Core i5-11600K6 / 123.9GHz / 4.9GHzDDR4-2933 / 3200125WYes
Intel Core i5-116006 / 122.8GHz / 4.8GHzDDR4-2933 / 320065WNo
Intel Core i5-115006 / 122.7GHz / 4.6GHzDDR4-2933 / 320065WNo
Intel Core i5-114006 / 122.6GHz / 4.4GHzDDR4-2933 / 320065WNo

Comparison with AMD

Intel is flexing some good numbers against the AMD top dog of Ryzen 9 5950X!  Here, the Core i9-11900K showed improvements of up to 11% over the Ryzen 9 5900X using the same 1080p High settings and titles outlined above, with the biggest gains in Total War: Three Kingdoms and Microsoft Flight Simulator again. Gear 5 and Grid 2019 were slightly less impressive at just 3% and 6% faster respectively.

Motherboard Support

The new CPUs will have Intel’s 500 series motherboards coming out soon, and all of them will have PCIe 4.0 support, along with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 20Gbps ports, Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6E support! That is some series future-proofing right there.

Also, these CPUs will be backwards compatible with many Z490 motherboards, so you can be happy that your flagship motherboards still remain relevant!

Memory Overclocking

The CPUs will now have memory OC support across even the cheaper H570 and B560 motherboards, as compared to being exclusive to the Z series line-up earlier. The official spec for RAM has also been updated to 3200Mhz, but according to Intel, they were able to achieve stable speeds of 4267MHz in their own testing systems, so there’s clearly a lot of headroom available for avid overclockers out there.

That’s all to know about these CPUs, what do you think about these new chips? Are their low core count an issue? Will they be heat monsters? Let us know in the comments below!

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