Intel unveils new Rocket Lake series

Intel has now unveiled its new 11th Gen Intel Core S series of desktop processors, better known by the code name Rocket Lake-S, which promises a new top performance for gaming and PC enthusiasts.

The processors represent the first major overhaul of the company’s desktop processors since the sixth generation Skylake, which was released in 2015.

At the forefront of the processors is the flagship Intel Core i9-11900K with a speed of up to 5.4 GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, 16 wires and 16 megabytes Intel Smart Cache. The Rocket Lake -S series also includes a Core i7 and Core i5.

The processors use a completely new desktop architecture called Cypress Cove that mixes two of Intel’s other architectures, the 10th Gen Ice Lakes and the 11th Gen Tiger Lakes mobile processors.

The Rocket Lake series can perform up to 19 percent more IPCs (Instructions per cycle) compared to the previous generation and comes with new improved Intel Iris graphics that are as much as 50 percent stronger than Intel’s tenth generation processors.

Rocket Lake-S also uses as many as 20 PCI Express Gen 4 lanes, allowing users to connect dual graphics cards and storage directly to the processor. The processors also come with Intel Deep Learning Boost and Vector Neural Instructions support for accelerated AI as well as improved overclocking tools.

Price for the flagship Core i9-11990K is 539 dollars, equivalent to about 4600 kronor excluding local supplements such as Swedish VAT. The processors will be released on March 30.