Intel have now confirmed a release window for the desktop version of their 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs code-named 'Rocket Lake', although not much else.
Announced at the bottom of a Medium blog post by John Bonini the "Intel VP and GM of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming", it's hard not to see the timing as a coincidence given that it was posted up on the eve (October 7) of AMD giving out information later today on the Zen 3 architecture that will power the next generation AMD Ryzen desktop processors.
Most of the blog post was a fluff-piece, going over some highlights of partnerships, talking about working with game developers and talking up their current 10th generation desktop processors. Not much information was actually given, no doubt as they're still working on all of their marketing but what Bonini did mention was that Rocket Lake is coming in Q1 2021 and it will be Intel's first desktop processor with support for PCIe 4.0.
There's still a huge amount we don't yet know about it but we're expecting more soon, since they won't sit for long and let AMD take any kind of lead. Once we have more solid information, we will let you know.