Thursday, June 4th 2020

Intel 8-core/16-thread "Rocket Lake-S" Processor Engineering Sample 3DMarked

The "Rocket Lake-S" microarchitecture by Intel sees the company back-port its next-generation "Willow Cove" CPU core to the existing 14 nm++ silicon fabrication process in the form of an 8-core die with a Gen12 Xe iGPU. An engineering sample of one such processor made it to the Futuremark database. Clocked at 3.20 GHz with 4.30 GHz boost frequency, the "Rocket Lake-S" ES was put through 3DMark "Fire Strike" and "Time Spy," with its iGPU in play, instead of a discrete graphics card.

In "Fire Strike," the "Rocket Lake-S" ES scores 18898 points in the physics test, 1895 points in the graphics tests, and an overall score of 1746 points. With "Time Spy," the overall score is 605, with a CPU score of 4963 points, and graphics score of 524. The 11th generation Core "Rocket Lake-S" processor is expected to be compatible with existing Intel 400-series chipset motherboards, and feature a PCI-Express gen 4.0 root complex. Several 400-series chipset motherboards have PCIe gen 4.0 preparation for exactly this. The increased IPC from the "Willow Cove" cores is expected to make the 8-core "Rocket Lake-S" a powerful option for gaming and productivity tasks that don't scale across too many cores.
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3 Comments on Intel 8-core/16-thread "Rocket Lake-S" Processor Engineering Sample 3DMarked

#1
watzupken
I wonder will this be the highest core count for Rocket Lake. Considering that this chip is back on 14nm, I don't think there is that much die space since I believe this comes with the faster Xe graphics and may take up more die space, along with bigger cache.
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R0H1T
With Intel's boost it's hard to say what the clocks on this benchmark run would've been. The fact that it can go up to 4.3 Ghz though is encouraging, assuming 3d mark is reporting them accurately.
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