If you are waiting for news of Intel’s upcoming Rocket Lake processor, then today I will provide you with some help. One of our sources provided us with complete technical specifications for Intel’s upcoming Core i9 and Core i7 Rocket Lake series products. Intel’s Rocket Lake architecture represents the first major architecture upgrade in 6 years and will adopt PCIe 4.0. Ultimately, it will enable Intel to achieve the same level as AMD’s Zen platform equipped with PCIe 4.0, as well as a large-scale IPC improvement compared to Skylake.
Intel Rocket Lake Core i7 and Core i9 CPU lineup and the final Turbo Boost frequency
Before I start, please keep in mind that the B-0 stepping is essentially a QS sample, and although this revision is usually the final version, Intel may decide to further refine these versions.In this case, the final variant might be better one Better than this-but not worse. Thanks to Intel’s extremely mature 14nm process, the company’s flagship Rocket Lake CPU Core i9 11900K will be able to upgrade to an amazing 5.3GHz single core and 4.8GHz full core.
Combined with the IPC growth we have seen, this will bring huge competitive pressure to the AMD Zen 3 series. Although we have not made any announcements yet, I would not be surprised if Intel regains the performance crown from AMD in 2021.
Intel is preparing to release a total of 10 SKUs in the Core i7 and Core i9 families (at least in the near future). The range of TDP ranges from a small 25W to 125W. Depending on whether you prefer energy efficiency or raw performance, everyone has many choices. Intel’s flagship processor, the Intel Core i9 11900K, has an incredible 5.3 GHz single-core enhancement and a 4.8 GHz full-core. These will be qualified super combination chips that execute at this speed and will be shipped in batches. Considering that this is 14nm, the availability of these SKUs should be very good. There are also Core i9 11900KF, Core i9 11900T, Core i9 11900 and Core i9 11900F flavors in this series. Intel even managed to provide a full-core boost of 3.7GHz in 35W TDP through Core i9 11900T. [caution: opinion] I personally hope that the performance of the Core i9 series is better than AMD’s Zen 3-based products. [/opinion].
For Core i7 parts, all core enhancements will be around 4.6 GHz, while single-core enhancements will be around 5.0 GHz. These are low-level boxed variants and will be much cheaper than Core i9 parts. Compared with the previous generation products (Skylake-based uArch) and PCIe 4.0, they will still provide 18% IPC growth, and now the most important thing is: supply. Faced with the bottleneck of TSMC, if Intel can ship Rocket Lake in batches, it will have a chance to gain market share.Considering that it is based on 14 nanometers-we have no reason why they would Is not Able to do this. Based on the leaked benchmarks, we hope that the performance of the Core i7 series is only slightly lower than that of AMD Zen 3-based products / can achieve parity in some cases.
Rocket Lake is about to become Intel’s most exciting product in more than 6 years. With the maturity of 14nm and easy-to-obtain mass production, the company may only succeed in selling its “process separation” concept. Unlike GPUs that rely on multiple supply constraints (memory/materials, etc.), CPUs mainly rely on foundries-and Intel foundries with 14nm perfect tools-this is an opportunity for them to regain some of their lost market share.