AMD has over the last few years truly put Intel and NVIDIA on notice, they're not messing around and Intel are trying to create a little fanfare with a tease of fresh 11th gen desktop Rocket Lake-S CPU info.
In a fresh blog post, Intel mentioned their new 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors code-named "Rocket Lake-S" will arrive in the first quarter of 2021 (so sometime before the end of March). We don't have long until AMD launch Zen 3 with Ryzen 5000 on November 5, so Intel must be a little worried. Amongst other things, Intel are claiming a "double-digit" increase in IPC (Instructions Per Cycle/Clock) which is one of the most important parts when it comes to CPU performance.
Here's the fresh details they trickled out:
- New Cypress Cove architecture featuring Ice Lake Core architecture and Tiger Lake Graphics architecture.
- Double-digit percentage IPC performance improvement.
- Better gen-over-gen performance.
- Up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes for more configuration flexibility.
- Enhanced Intel UHD graphics featuring Intel Xe Graphics architecture.
- Intel® Quick Sync Video, offering better video transcoding and hardware acceleration for latest codecs.
- New overclocking features for more flexible tuning performance.
- Intel® Deep Learning Boost and VNNI support.
We also know a few other details about Cypress Cove, which they linked in a presentation that shows 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors will max-out at 8 cores: