An MSI representative confirmed in the forum of the South Korean website Dawana that the 11th Generation of Intel Core processors, the Rocket Lake-S, will be released at the end of March, in addition to indicating that these processors will initially be compatible with the current Intel Z490 motherboards and that later the support will be extended to the most basic chips such as the Intel B450 and H410.
This only confirms what we already knew, and that is that next week the Intel Rocket Lake-S processors will be launched on paper, that is, to announce in society a product that will not really be available for purchase, remembering that the new Intel Z590, B560 and H510 motherboards not knowing what they offer (beyond the new USB), since many current motherboards will be compatible with the PCI-Express 4.0 interface as soon as one of these new processors is installed.
The Intel Rocket Lake-S will release a new microarchitecture dubbed Cypress Cove, a @ 14nm +++ adaptation of the Sunny Cove microarchitecture that brings Intel Ice Lake portable processors to life in a 10nm manufacturing process. Due to the size, the company will be forced to limit its processors to a maximum of 8 cores and 16 threads, so it will be at a clear disadvantage compared to AMD’s high-end models.
According to the company, the main advantages are an improvement in the IPC ( exceeding the Intel Core i9-10900K by 20% ), the improvement of the integrated graphics by implementing the Intel Xe-LP, the PCI-Express 4.0 interface with up to 20 lines, controller for DDR4 @ 3200 MHz memory, and the addition of USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 @ 20 Gbps ports. According to rumors, the Intel Core i7-11700K is expected to cost less than $ 400 versus Core i5s that would cost less than $ 300. Very cheap but credible prices, since Intel has the disadvantage of multi-core performance, power consumption and temperature, so it should at least offer much more attractive prices to be a real option when it hits the market.