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.
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.
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.