Intel unveiled the 11th generation of its desktop processors codenamed Rocket Lake-S. The series uses a relatively obsolete 14-nanometer process and promises to improve performance in some games in about two weeks.
The flagship processor of this series is Core i9-11900K with 8 cores, 16 crisp and higher frequency up to 5.3 GHz. This model also uses DDR4 RAM with a speed of 3200 MHz and 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes Supported And compatible with Intel 400 Series chipsets (Backwards compatible).
On paper, at least on paper, it’s slightly weaker than last year’s Core i9-10900K with 10 cores and 20 crisp, as Intel uses a new architecture for its desktop processors called the Cypress Cove for the first time in more than half a decade. has done. This architecture has finally replaced the Skylake microarchitecture that Intel has been using since 2015 and its sixth generation of processors.
Of course, Cypress Cove is not a completely new microarchitecture, and in fact has the same technologies and designs as Willow Cove that Intel used in the 11th generation of 10-nanometer Tiger Lake processors, and now ports them to the 14-nanometer process. Because these designs are for 10-nanometer processors, Intel has limited scalability for 14-nanometer chips, so the number of cores decreases annually.
Of course, Intel says the new processors perform better (at least in some cases) than the tenth generation. For example, the company’s benchmarks show that the i9-11900K processor performs between 8% and 14% better than last year’s i9-10900K processor in games like Gears 5, Grid 2019, Microsoft Flight Simulaor and Total War: Three Kingdoms.
Intel adds that the chip also performs better than the flagship Ryzen 9 5900X processor in these titles (albeit at a distance of between 3 and 11 percent.) Of course, all Intel tests are done in 1080p resolution, so for more comprehensive tests, games More and especially 4K resolution, waited.
Intel adds that the new architecture has improved the performance of the integrated GPU thanks to the new Xe processor by up to 50% compared to the Gen9 series. Of course, since these processors will most likely be paired with separate graphics cards, this improvement is not significant.
Other features of Intel’s 11th generation desktop processors include Resizable BAR to improve frame rates on Nvidia and AMD compatible graphics cards, support for USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 at 20 Gbps, as well as Thunderbolt 4 and DDR4-3200 RAM. Intel has also increased the number of Gen 4 PCIe connectors to 20.
In addition to unveiling new chips, Intel also unveiled the 500 Series motherboards, which in addition to the Rocket Lake-S chips will also be compatible with the 400 Series motherboards. Overclocking the new chips is also possible to some extent using the redesigned version of Extreme Tuning Utility.
Intel’s 11th generation desktop processors will be available in about two weeks (March 30). You can see the specifications of this series below: