According to HardWareTimes, Intel will launch its Rocket Lake-S processor in the first quarter of 2021, possibly in February, the last generation of Intel 14nm processors.

Intel Rocket Lake-S Series processors will include three SKUs: Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9, and Intel will not roll out entry-level Core i3 Series and Pentium processors, the report said.

While still using the 14nm process, the processors will feature a new core architecture: the Sunny Cove or Willow Cove architecture, or a hybrid of both, with an 8-core 16-thread design with Xe core display and an LGA1200 interface.

Intel Rocket Lake-S rumoured to release in Q1 2021
Intel Rocket Lake-S

In addition, the report says the Intel Rocket Lake-S Series processors can exceed 5GHz at maximum frequencies, with Core i9s up to 8 cores and 16 threads, while Core i5 and Core i7 will be limited to up to 6 cores 12 threads, and 8 core 12 threads. Also, Intel intends to launch it as a 10-generation Core rather than an 11-generation Core processor.

The Intel Rocket Lake-S processor will be compatible with existing H410 boards, according to videocardz. The Rocket Lake-S processor previously supported only the Z490 Series motherboard and the 500 Series motherboard.

Intel Rocket Lake-S rumoured to release in Q1 2021
Intel Rocket Lake-S

It is understood that the 500 Series board will support PCIe 4.0 (the Z490 motherboard is PCIe 4.0 Ready compatible) and provide a new Thunderbolt 4 interface.

Intel Tiger Lake-H series of high-performance mobile platform processors, up to 8 cores and 16 threads, are based on a 10nm process and feature 12 generations of Xe cores and 96 EU cores, according to the report. To add more, Intel Alder Lake-S is expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2021.

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