The new Intel Rocket Lake-S processors change architecture, leaving Skylake behind. These new processors will use the Cypress Cove architecture, which is the Willow Cove @ 10nm import to 14nm lithography. This would achieve a significant performance improvement, according to rumors, which speak of frequencies of 5.5GHz. A leak indicates that Rocket Lake under Cinebench 20 manages to outperform the single-core performance of the Ryzen 9 5950X.
As always, these are rumors that we may or may not believe. The truth is that Intel has already started talking about Rocket Lake-S and highlights that they are a great platform for gaming. We must bear in mind that these processors take a step back and will have 8 cores and 16 threads.
Intel Rocket Lake-S would have great single-core performance
According to the leak, an Intel Rocket Lake-S would score 655 points in mononucleus in Cinebench R20. Currently the fastest processor in this test without overclocking and so on is the Ryzen 9 5950X processor which scores 649 points. The truth is that it is an interesting piece of information, but then it remains to be seen what the real difference in gaming performance is.
From Intel they have spoken of a great IPC improvement for the new Rocket Lake-S processors, after several years of minimal improvements. But the big problem with Intel is that it cannot compete beyond gaming. AMD Ryzen processors offer many cores and Intel, at least for the moment, is not responsive.
The company has years of delays in its lithographs and that is taking a toll on them. Although it seems that in 2021 they will make great leaps in technology and architecture, it is best to be cautious. The good news is that jumping into Cypress Cove means leaving the Skylake architecture behind, which is a major safety concern. Many vulnerabilities have been discovered for this architecture and the way to fix them is to leave it behind.