Intel has an extended affiliation with the Client Electronics Present (CES), and it appears the corporate used 2021’s all-digital occasion as a chance to point out off much more than ordinary.
A complete of 4 new processor households have been introduced on 11 January, though the main focus of this text is Intel’s new desktop chips. Codenamed Rocket Lake, this 12th-gen silicon comes sporting a brand new CPU structure and built-in graphics answer, in addition to up to date AI smarts.
However will they be capable to rival AMD’s Ryzen 5000 collection, now thought of to be the gold normal relating to desktop efficiency? Learn on to search out out extra.
Intel Rocket Lake launch date
In an October 2020 submit on Medium, Intel has confirmed that its subsequent desktop processors will arrive in ‘Q1 2021‘. The corporate previewed the brand new chips at its CES 2021 press convention on 11 January, however a extra particular launch date wasn’t revealed.
Meaning we’re nonetheless counting on rumours as our greatest guess of precisely once they’ll arrive. Websites corresponding to HD Tecnología and Videocardz have lengthy advised a March 2021 launch, however a few websites are suggesting a particular launch date.
Hong-Kong primarily based tech website HKEPC says this can be on a predicted launch date of 15 March, though Wccftech is saying 16 March. The latter goes on to recommend that there can be a two-week pre-order interval following the official unveiling, with gross sales starting on 30 March.
That availability date seems to be correct, with Intel confirming to German tech website Hardwareluxx that Rocket Lake will formally go on sale from 2pm UK time on 30 March:
We now have an official gross sales date:
“The gross sales embargo for 11th Gen Desktop processors (Rocket Lake S) is March 30, 2021 at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET.”
— Andreas Schilling (@aschilling)
March 2, 2021
Intel Rocket Lake worth
Whereas Tiger Lake processors are solely obtainable inside specific laptops, it is a totally different story for the desktop chips. Anticipate pricing to be roughly according to how a lot you pay for current-gen Comet Lake:
Core i9-10900Ok – US$488 (approx. £360)
Core i7-10700Ok – US$374 (approx. £275)
Core i5-10600Ok – US$262 (approx. £190)
Nevertheless, AMD bumped up the worth of all its Ryzen 5000 collection processors by US$50, and it might be an analogous story for Rocket Lake.
Intel Rocket Lake specs
There have been loads of rumours on what to anticipate with Intel’s Rocket Lake within the run as much as CES 2021, and now many particulars have been confirmed (or in any other case) by the corporate itself. The 12th-gen chips include the brand new Cypress Cove structure, arguably the largest change for Intel desktop chips since 2015. The corporate says this implies Rocket Lake can be able to as much as 19% extra directions directions per cycle (IPC) era over era, permitting units to higher deal with complicated duties.
The chips additionally transfer to Intel’s new Xe built-in graphics, which is claimed to ship ‘as much as 50% higher built-in graphics efficiency’. Many desktops include discrete GPUs from the likes of AMD and Nvidia, but it surely’s spectacular to see such an enormous enchancment in built-in efficiency.
New AI integration was the third key space, with Intel’s Deep Studying Enhance able to operating complicated AI workloads on high of your present workload. This could result in extra optimised efficiency, though it isn’t clear how a lot of a tangible impact it will have.
The brand new Rocket Lake processors can be headlined by a brand new Core i9-11900Ok, which seems to be set to go toe-to-toe with AMD’s newest Ryzen 9 5900X. Each chips are designed to have the ability to deal with graphic intensive gaming at Full HD (1080p), with artificial benchmarks indicating Intel has a efficiency benefit of Eight% in Complete Battle: Three Kingdoms and four% in Cyberpunk 2077 and Watchdogs: Legion respectively. We’ll have to attend and see how nicely these claims stand as much as real-world utilization.
This is a abstract of extra key options in Intel’s top-spec desktop chip:
A subsequent tweet from Intel’s Chief Efficiency strategist makes for encouraging studying. It suggests the Core i9-11900Ok CPU is as a lot as 11% quicker than the equal AMD chip (Ryzen 9 5950X), primarily based on PCMark benchmarks:
At #CES21 we checked out Rocket Lake-S gaming. Right here’s a sneak peek of Core i9-11900Ok PCIe Gen four storage efficiency – as much as 11% quicker on PCMark 10 Fast System Drive Benchmark vs the 5950X. Thanks @Malventano for the information. Backup: https://t.co/LcI5n5Cok2 pic.twitter.com/NhblHRQJSC
— Ryan Shrout (@ryanshrout)
February 23, 2021
The one Rocket Lake function that Intel confirmed in its unique Medium submit was assist for PCIe four.zero, the newest era of motherboard interface for SSDs, graphics playing cards and extra. It was additionally described as “one other unbelievable processor for gaming”, and we would not anticipate Intel to relaxation on its laurels when you think about the power of the competitors.
Elsewhere, Rocket Lake can be set to assist improved DDR4 reminiscence speeds, elevated max show resolutions and extra CPU PCIe lanes. See full particulars within the infographic under:
Sadly, it is broadly anticipated that Intel will persist with the 10nm manufacturing course of on its desktop chips, regardless of the AMD Ryzen 5000 collection already sporting 7nm.
The identical Videocardz article talked about above suggests the brand new chips will nonetheless be suitable with 400-series motherboards, so most individuals with current will not need to improve. Particularly, Wccftech says Rocket Lake can be suitable with Z490 motherboards, however these will max out at PCIe three.zero and never the brand new four.zero normal. As such, we’re anticipating Intel to launch 500-series motherboards alongside the brand new chips.
Nevertheless, current benchmarks present encouraging indicators for Rocket Lake’s efficiency capabilities. Twitter person @TUM_APISAK is changing into an everyday at unearthing benchmark efficiency, though we will not be 100% positive of the accuracy of those figures.
MSI Z590-A PRO-12VO (MS-7D10)
Intel 0000U3E1, 1 CPU, Eight cores, 16 threadsBase clock three.four GHz, turbo four.2 GHz (avg)
Rocket lake????https://t.co/ryJbIvYIjz pic.twitter.com/0PynjFXLtt
— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK)
October 30, 2020
The Eight-core i7-10700Ok within the present era scored 148 for single-core efficiency, suggesting the brand new processor gives a lift of round 21% over its predecessor. Nevertheless, that is anticipated to be the very best variety of cores obtainable with Rocket Lake, ditching the 10-core possibility from the present Comet Lake.
@TUM_APISAK was again at it once more in December 2020, revealing a high-end chip that would go head-to-head with AMD’s Ryzen 9 5800X:
Rocket LakeIntel 00001 Processor, Eight Cores, 16 ThreadsGenuineIntel Household 6 Mannequin 167 Stepping 0Base Frequency three.41 GHzMaximum Frequency four.98 GHz
HP 886CHP OMEN 30L Desktop GT13-0xxxGeekbench 5 rating1645 – 9783https://t.co/tFJdin96zJ pic.twitter.com/rtKLMsFO1X
— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK)
December three, 2020
Then, in January 2021, the identical leaker tweeted Geekbench 5 benchmark outcomes that make for encouraging studying. Particularly, single-core efficiency is considerably increased than the Ryzen 9 5900X:
i9-11900K8C/16TGenuineIntel Household 6 Mannequin 167 Stepping 1Base Frequency three.50 GHzMaximum Frequency 5.28 GHzhttps://t.co/WvJCSsGbvZ pic.twitter.com/8lnpat9KLR
— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK)
January 22, 2021
In fact, it is price reiterating that this would be the strongest and costly processor within the Rocket Lake vary. Cheaper chips will not supply fairly the identical stage of efficiency, however we expect a pleasant enhance throughout the board.
For comparability, Wccftech suggests AMD’s chip data round 1,660 in single-core efficiency and 10,4000 for multi-core. It is also price remembering there are two different chips within the Ryzen 5000 collection that ought to, in principle, be much more highly effective.
We’ll replace this text within the run-up to the rumoured March launch date. Within the meantime, get the complete lowdown on Intel’s Tiger Lake laptop computer processors.
Intel can be readying its 12th-gen Alder Lake desktop chips, with each anticipated earlier than the top of 2021.