Intel has confirmed that it will be launching its 11th generation “Rocket Lake” CPUs in the first half of 2021 and there will be support for PCIe 4.0. “I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen
desktop processor (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,” said
, Intel VP and GM of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming in a blog post.
The timing of this announcement is rather interesting with AMD gearing up to launch Ryzen 5000 CPUs which will be Intel Rocket Lake’s biggest competitor.
Meanwhile, Intel recently announced its 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors for laptops globally. The new processors will feature the company's new Intel Xe integrated graphics and claim better battery life and overall performance compared to 10th-gen processors . Apart from that, the Tiger Lake processors will also come onboard with Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4 support and PCIe Gen4. The company has quoted the new processors as the “best processor for thin and light laptops.
Just like 10th Gen Ice Lake processors, the 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors are also based on the same 10nm architecture. However, Intel has upgraded the architecture to Willow Core with a 10nm SuperFin design. Intel claims that this will decrease the power consumption without compromising on performance.