Intel Rocket Lake outperforms Core i9-10900K by 18% in IPC

If recent UserBenchmark results (via Tum_Apisak) are accurate regarding 11th Gen Intel Core Rocket Lake chips , we could be seeing improvements of up to 21% over Tiger Lake.

Intel Rocket Lake outperforms Core i9-10900K by 18% in IPC

With Cypress Cove cores, Rocket Lake processors will be able to have up to 8 cores and 16 threads. Therefore, the Rocket Lake processor that we see on UserBenchmark is probably the flagship chip in this new series. The processor is reported to have a base clock of 3.4 GHz and a boost clock of 4.2 GHz.

The Rocket Lake processor was running on an MSI Z590-A PRO-12VO (MS-7D10) motherboard, which has yet to be released. The last part of the model name (12VO) is particularly striking as it may refer to Intel’s ATX12VO specification, which aims to replace the classic 24-pin power connector with a 10-pin one instead. ASRock has already used this ATX12VO power connector on one of their Z490 motherboards.

Performance comparison

1 core179152148
2 cores368302292
4 cores682599566
8 cores1,1151,1561,042

It is expected to Rocket Lake reaches up to 8 cores, so the Core i7-10700K is the logical comparison. For reference, the Core i7-10700K has a base clock of 3.8 GHz and a boost clock of 5.1 GHz. The unidentified processor provided up to 21% better performance than the Core i7-10700K. However, Rocket Lake was only 7% faster than the Core i7-10700K in terms of multi-core performance.

When compared to the Core i9-10900K, with two fewer cores, the Rocket Lake chip beats it 18% with a single core. Do not forget that the Core i9-10900K has a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a boost clock of 5.3 GHz. For once, it seems that Intel is offering substantial improvements in the IPC rather than increasing the clock speeds.

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Intel will launch Rocket Lake in the first quarter of 2021. We will keep you posted.