The first laptops and compact desktop computers powered by 11th-gen Intel “Tiger Lake” chips are already starting to ship. But early next year Intel will expand the 11th-gen family with the introduction of a new set of chips designed for higher-performance desktops.
Code-named “Rocket Lake,” these chips will be the follow-up to Intel’s current-gen “Comet Lake S” processors, and among other things they’ll bring support for PCIe 4.0.
But Intel isn’t providing many other details yet.
The news comes courtesy of a blog post by Intel VP John Bonini. While the main thrust of the article was to talk up Intel’s “commitment to gaming” with chips like the Core i9-10900K desktop and Core i9-10980HK laptop processors, Bonini also confirmed that their successors would launch in the first quarter of 2021.
More official details will be coming “in the near future,” but according to a few recent leaks, Rocket Lake chips will likely launch in March, alongside a new line of Intel 500 series motherboards.
Rocket Lake chips are expected to be 14nm processors, but rumor has it that Intel will be backporting some features from the Willow Cove CPU cores powering its 10nm Tiger Lake chips, so we should see a performance boost over the current-gen 14nm Comet Lake-S chips, which are basically using a souped up version of the same Skylake CPU cores that Intel has been using since 2015.
The new chips are also expected to bring support for Intel Xe-LP Gen12 graphics, which means we should see a major bump in integrated graphics performance.