Much is being said about the 11th generation of Intel Core processors codenamed Rocket Lake-S, but there are not a few users who have doubts as to whether or not it is worth updating their current platform to this new architecture of Intel, so we are going to explain in detail what are the news that it brings under the arm so that you can evaluate if the update is worth it and why this 11th generation of CPUs has been so long awaited.
Intel 11th Gen Processors: The Crown of Gaming Performance Returns to King
With the 10th generation of processors for this mainstream platform Intel brought a new socket to life LGA 1200 under the Comet Lake architecture, which it maintained as Skylake core architecture, more than veteran if we consider that it was launched in 2015 but also for that reason very polished in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.
But with the 11th generation of processors, Intel leaves this behind and introduces the Cypress Cove microarchitecture for Rocket Lake-S. Cypress Cove is a direct and desktop derivative of the first generational change that arrived in 2018 for laptops, being a novelty more than applauded by users, who saw the performance in IPC take off 19% against Skylake.
|Model||Base speed||Cores / threads||Intel Smart Cache||TDP|
|i9-11900K||3.5 GHz||8/16||16 MB||125 W|
|i9-11900KF||3.5 GHz||8/16||16 MB||125 W|
|i9-11900||2.5 GHz||8/16||16 MB||65 W|
|i9-11900F||2.5 GHz||8/16||16 MB||65 W|
|i9-11900T||1.5 GHz||8/16||16 MB||35 W|
|i7-11700K||3.6 GHz||8/16||16 MB||125 W|
|i7-11700KF||3.6 GHz||8/16||16 MB||125 W|
|i7-11700||2.5 GHz||8/16||16 MB||65 W|
|i7-11700F||2.5 GHz||8/16||16 MB||65 W|
|i7-11700T||1.4 GHz||8/16||16 MB||35 W|
|i5-11600K||3.9 GHz||6/12||12 MB||125 W|
|i5-11600KF||3.9 GHz||6/12||12 MB||125 W|
|i5-11600||2.8 GHz||6/12||12 MB||65 W|
|i5-11600T||1.7 GHz||6/12||12 MB||35 W|
|i5-11500||2.7 GHz||6/12||12 MB||65 W|
|i5-11500T||1.5 GHz||6/12||12 MB||35 W|
|i5-11400||2.6 GHz||6/12||12 MB||65 W|
|i5-11400F||2.6 GHz||6/12||12 MB||65 W|
|i5-11400T||1.3 GHz||6/12||12 MB||35 W|
As a key data and given the temperatures recorded in Comet Lake-S, Rocket Lake-S brings a vital improvement in the die of the processors, since Intel has managed to “thin” them, improving heat transfer, which has meant another improvement directly from this.
And it is nothing more than managing to raise the frequency once again to the 5.3 GHz on up to two cores (11900K and KF) while simultaneously improving speed on all cores when under load. So the performance will take off even more along with the IPC improvements.
So this 11th gen takes all the good stuff about Sunny Cove and implements it on a series of processors with minor minor optimizations under the codename Cypress Cove. This improvement of the 19% of IPC in front of Comet Lake is accompanied by the step and change of architecture also in its GPUs, since they leave behind everything seen to obtain the latest in performance with the next generation Intel Xe Gen 12 architecture in their integrated graphics cards.
This means that we go from 24 EU at most to 32 EU, which not only results in more compute units with the consequent extra performance, but these GPUs reach 10 nm with a maximum frequency of 1.3 GHz and low PCIe 4.0, the latter being a total novelty within Intel desktop processors.
And yes, now Intel supports this new version of the most famous bus for graphics cards and NVMe SSDs, being able to limit the performance of the other graphics of the competition. As a good new generation iGPU, Intel has updated the DisplayPort version to 1.4a and from HDMI to 2.0b with HBR3, something that many users were looking for to work with higher resolutions or hertz.
This has been possible because iGPUs make the leap to the new Xe codenamed Gen 12 LP because these CPUs introduce the low-power version. These new iGPUs achieve + 50% more performance compared to the 9 Gen, which is a not inconsiderable qualitative leap.
In terms of codecs, Intel has updated its media formats to reproduce 4K resolutions at 60 FPS with 12 bits with 4: 4: 4 aspect ratio and support HEVC, VP9, SCC or up to 4K 60 FPS 4: 2: 0 in format AV1. In terms of resolutions, we can connect up to 3 4K monitors at 60 Hz or 2 5K monitors at 60 Hz.
But here the improvements do not end, since in the memory section we talk about a new IMC with synchronous and asynchronous dividers with the BCLK that will now support up to DDR4-3200 MHz without overclock, a considerable increase from the 2933 MHz Comet Lake as the main architecture.
Additionally, gamers with high-bandwidth connections can benefit from compatibility with newer network cards. 2.5G Ethernet Based on Foxville, ensuring the best performance and lowest latency ever, thus maximizing ping. At the same time, we will have Wi-Fi 6E under the cards AX201 GiG + high performance, so we do not lose any game due to LAG or disconnection due to lack of coverage.
Therefore, we are before the best generation of gaming processors from practically the last decade, with improvements in all the key aspects that any player, whether beginner or experienced, even professional, may need. The performance of this new 11th generation has skyrocketed compared to the 10th generation, new features are present in all sections and compatibility with LGA 1200 motherboards is maintained. Therefore, we consider that the update to this 11th generation of Intel Core Rocket Lake-S processors are worth it.