Intel Previews Rocket Lake Processors

Posted on October 7, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, PC gaming with 13 Comments

Intel today announced a coming generation of PC processors aimed directly at the gaming market. They’re set for release in early 2021.

“We’re constantly looking ahead at what’s next and how we can make our desktop CPUs even better,” Intel VP John Bonini announced. “With that said, I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed ‘Rocket Lake’) is coming in the first quarter of 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0. It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future.”

As part of the announcement, Intel also reaffirmed its commitment to PC gaming, noting that it works with game publishers on new games early in the process to ensure that they run as well as possible on its hardware. And it specifically highlighted Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, Microsoft Gears Tactics, and SEGA Creative Assembly A Total War Saga: Troy as recent examples of this collaboration.

“To enhance processor performance, we’ve developed innovative solutions like Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and Thermal Velocity Boost which automatically boost performance,” Bonini noted. “Whether overclockers prefer manually tuning their system in the BIOS or using exclusive software from Intel (i.e. Intel Performance Maximizer (IPM) or Xtreme Tuning Utility), we continue to serve the overclocking community by giving them frequency options and maximum flexibility to make their rig scream.” He cites a particular example in which an Intel CPU was overclocked to an incredible 7 GHz.

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