Rocket series of CPUs will be landing in March 2021 and - they will be backwards compatible with Z490 motherboards (likely through a bios update).
Last month, Intel released the key specs for its upcoming 11th Gen desktop processors, codenamed Rocket Lake-S, to compete with the AMD Ryzen 5000 series. of the novelties in the benchmark, where it outperformed AMD's 7nm flagship.
The "blue" chips of the eleventh generation, manufactured using the 14nm process technology, will receive up to 8 cores and 16 threads. According to the available information, the transition to microarchitecture will allow the vendor to achieve a significant increase in the performance of new products that can take a clock frequency of 5 GHz out of the box.
According to a recent report from network whistleblower CapFrameX, a test sample of one of the representatives of the new series scored 655 points when tested in the Cinebench R20 benchmark with a load on one core. At the same time, AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X scored 649 points in a similar discipline.
Earlier it became known that the
processors of the Rocket Lake-S series will have up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and
presumably will be backward compatible with motherboards based on the Z490
chipset after a firmware update. According to sources, the new items will
go on sale in March 2021, after which Intel will announce its first 10-nm chips