Intel weren’t forthcoming about any other bits of info concerning their brand-new generation of Rocket Lake chips today, admittedly, so we still don’t know what sort of making procedure they’re going to be using, for example, or whether they’re going to work with the exact same Z490 motherboard chipset as Intel’s 10th Gen chips. Intel’s VP and GM of client computing group desktop, workstations and video gaming John Bonini guaranteed that they’ll “divulge more details in the near future,” though, so ideally we won’t need to wait too long prior to we discover out.
At the minute, it’s widely expected that Rocket Lake will still be based on Intel’s existing 14nm (nanometer) manufacturing process (unlike Intel’s recently revealed 11th Gen laptop computer CPUs, code-named “Tiger Lake” which have relocated to 10nm), however will make use of a new microarchitecture called Willow Cove, marking a long-awaited departure from Intel’s now five-year-old Skylake microarchitecture, which has formed the basis of all Intel’s desktop CPUs since, well, the intro of their extremely first 14nm chips (also called Skylake) back in 2015.
We do not know yet whether this indicates Intel will be adding yet another + onto their currently slightly absurd 14nm++ process name (which is what their 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs are based on), making it 14nm+++, or whether the shift in microarchitecture will prompt them to call it something a bit catchier. Personally, I’ll be taking bets on ‘Triple Max Zoom Plus’.
Whatever procedure it winds up utilizing, though, the crucial little bit of info to remove today is the reality that Rocket Lake will lastly bring Intel in line with AMD by adding PCIe 4.0 support to the mix. Intel were meant to introduce PCIe 4.0 support on their 10th Gen Comet Lake chips this year, however assistance for it got pulled prior to launch. This is why you’ll find some Z490 motherboards do technically support PCIe 4.0 today, but none can really utilize it.
PCIe 4.0 enables PCs to chew through twice as much bandwidth as the existing PCIe 3.0 requirement, and is set to turn into one of the crucial ‘next-gen’ elements across PCs and console. Both the Xbox Series X and PS5 are built around PCIe 4.0, and Microsoft’s DirectStorage tech for PCs is also going to be leveraging its incredibly quick speeds to cut down on video game loading times when it introduces next year.
As a result, anybody seeking to upgrade their PC quickly will most likely wish to wait up until Rocket Lake comes out early next year to make sure it’s correctly future-proofed. Or, you understand, go with an AMD-based system, which has had PCIe 4.0 support because last year. AMD are likewise due to be announcing their 4th Gen Ryzen CPUs tomorrow, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for lots more CPU statements.
Intel have unveiled the very first information about their upcoming 11th Gen desktop Core CPUs today, confirming their rough release window which they’ll have PCIe 4.0 assistance from the off. Code-named “Rocket Lake”, this new household of desktop processors will be showing up at some point between January and March next year, according to a new Intel post, prospering their existing line-up of 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs.
Intel weren’t upcoming about any other bits of details regarding their new generation of Rocket Lake chips today, admittedly, so we still don’t understand what kind of making procedure they’re going to be utilizing, for example, or whether they’re going to be compatible with the exact same Z490 motherboard chipset as Intel’s 10th Gen chips. We don’t understand yet whether this implies Intel will be including yet another + onto their currently slightly outrageous 14nm++ process name (which is what their 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs are based on), making it 14nm+++, or whether the shift in microarchitecture will trigger them to call it something a bit catchier. Intel were meant to introduce PCIe 4.0 support on their 10th Gen Comet Lake chips this year, however assistance for it got pulled just prior to launch.