Intel officially announced the 11th generation Core desktop processors on Tuesday. Although the latest silicon is still based on the old 14nm process, it comes with a new CPU architecture and an integrated graphics solution. Intel first confirmed the 11th-generation desktop chips in October and teased the new processors at CES in January.
The 11th generation desktop processors, codenamed Rocket Lake S, will debut on March 30, 2021. The lineup includes Core i9, Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 processors. They will be available to purchase as standalone CPUs and as part of complete desktop computers.
The chipset giant said the new desktop CPUs will offer a 19 percent IPC increase over its previous-generation Comet Lake-S and up to 50 percent better integrated graphics performance. Although these 11th generation chips are 14nm chips, Intel touts that Rocket Lake uses a different core architecture compared to Tiger Lake. While Tiger Lake CPUs use Intel’s Willow Cove architecture, Rocket Lake uses the new Cypress Cove architecture. Rocket Lake is also Intel’s first desktop CPU suite to come with its new Intel Xe graphics architecture. Intel also promises support for PCIe 4.0.
Intel’s new Rocket Lake chips have a reduced core count. That means a Core i9-11900K processor now only has eight cores. On paper it may seem like a downgrade, but Intel claims that the i9-11900K will be able to deliver up to 14% more performance in games compared to the i9-10900K at 1080p.
Take a closer look at the prices of Rocket Lake-S CPUs:
Core i9-11900K – $ 513- $ 539
Core i7-11700K – $ 374- $ 399
Core i5-11600K – $ 237- $ 262
Core i5-11400K – $ 157- $ 182