After Intel announced the presence of the 11th generation processor for laptops, namely Tiger Lake, Intel has again announced the same generation of processors for the desktop class under the code name Rocket Lake. However, Intel has not disclosed any further details about the full specs or SKU that will be released. The Rocket Lake processor itself is not expected to arrive until the first quarter of 2021.
In this announcement, Intel has provided little information about what is featured in this line of processors. These include support for PCI Express 4.0, Intel Xe GPU chips, WiFi 6 and support for Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4.0. The new Rocket Lake chips should also be compatible with existing Intel 400 series motherboards.
Intel also said that this line of processors would have superior performance for playing games, which was greatly influenced by the processor’s operating frequency. They also promise that Rocket Lake will be 20% faster and battery life around 20% longer when watching streaming video.
While not confirmed, many have predicted that Rocket Lake will continue to use 14nm node technology. It is only expected that this technology will use new architectures such as Intel Willow Cove or Intel Sunny Cove. So far, Intel processors with 14 nm node technology can offer working frequencies of up to more than 5 GHz.
If so, the IPC (command per cycle) is significantly higher than the 10th generation Intel Core, codenamed Comet Lake, whose architecture is based on Intel Skylake. Intel previously said Intel Sunny Cove offers an IPC increase of around 18% compared to Intel Ice Lake.