Intel’s last-generation comet lake processors faced fierce competition from AMD’s Zen-3-powered Ryzen 5000 chips. Now, Intel is finally firing back with its new 11th Gen Rocket Lake chips. The company has finally revealed the official specs and pricing of the Rocket Lake processors. Here’s everything you need to know about these new processors.
Intel has decided to launch a new architecture on its older less 14nm mode, and there are fewer cores this time. Intel’s Rocket Lake’s flagship chip i.e. the Intel Core i9-11900K brings eight cores to the table while the previous-gen Core i9 family came with 10 cores. AMD’s chips, in comparison, can stretch up to 16 cores in comparison.
Intel Rocket Lake: Core i9, Core i7, Core i5 processors
The new 11th Gen Core desktop processor family this time starts with the Core i5. It has 6 cores and 12 threads whereas both the Core i7 and the Core i9 boasts 8 cores and 16 threads. All the SKUs will natively support DDR4-3200 natively and offer 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes in supported motherboards. These lanes will support graphics and storage direct from the processor.
It is worth pointing out that both Core i9 and Core i7 this time around have the same count. The difference is rather subtle this time around which is in terms of higher frequencies and thermal velocity boost of the Core i9.
The Intel Core i9-11900K has a base frequency of 3.5Ghz, and it peaks at 5.3Ghz in Thermal Velocity Boost mode. Thermal Velocity Boost mode, in case you don’t know, will basically add an additional +100 MHz frequency during turbo if the processor is under a certain temperature. Other SKUs of the Core i9 family include Core i9-11900KF, Core i9-11900, Core i9-11900F, and the Core i9-11900T.
The Core i7 line-up includes the Core i7-11700K which offers 8 cores and 16 threads, with a single-core turbo of 5.0Ghz on favoured cores, 4.9 GHz otherwise, and 4.6 GHz all-core turbo. The Core i7 family supports DDR4-3200 memory. The Core i5 family spreads out with a bunch of SKUs. They all have 6 cores and 12 threads, and they all have the traditional Intel Turbo 2.0, and all support DDR4-3200 or DDR4-2933.
Intel Rocket Lake processors: Pricing
Intel’s 11th Gen Core i9 processors start at $439 (Rs 24,000 approx) and go all the way up to $539 (Rs 29,000 approx) for the Core i9-11900K. The Intel Core i7-11700K is priced at $399 (Rs 31,500 approx), which makes it $140 cheaper than the Core i9-11900K. The Core i5-11600K will set you back $262 (Rs 14,000 approx) but the base i5-11400T variant starting at $182 (Rs 9,800 approx).