Sunday, January 3rd 2021

MSI Confirms Rocket Lake Arrives in Late-March, 400-series Chipset Compatibility

MSI in a customer service response that's been machine translated and tweeted by harukaze5719, revealed that Intel's 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" desktop processors arrive "by the end of March." This is the first confirmation from someone in the know that "Rocket Lake-S" won't arrive before the very end of Q1-2021, and that one should realistically expect availability only from Q2.

The same CS response also confirms backwards compatibility of the processors with existing Socket LGA1200 motherboards based on the Intel 400-series chipset. It mentions that MSI will release UEFI firmware updates that enable "Rocket Lake-S" compatibility starting with boards based on the top Intel Z490 chipset, followed by other 400-series models. Intel is expected to unveil its 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" desktop processor and compatible 500-series chipset platform in mid-January, as part of a virtual event on the sidelines of the 2021 International CES (a virtual show).
Source: harukaze5719 (Twitter)
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6 Comments on MSI Confirms Rocket Lake Arrives in Late-March, 400-series Chipset Compatibility

#1
Lnxepique
With early Q1 availability I would have considered it, but this again is clearly too late, given the architecture.
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#2
medi01
Is that "Intel 10nm" (probably better than 7nm EUV TSMC) or again 14++++?
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#4
Nihilus
End of March for reviewers...June for everyone else.

I kid, I kid.
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BArms
Nihilus
End of March for reviewers...June for everyone else.

I kid, I kid.
Probably very close. I'm trying to build my first AMD rig in 10 years and I can't find a 5900X to save my life, the 10900K is barely any better and there's no reason to think that 11900K will be widely available by June. Unless people stop panicking about a virus that has a 99.95% survival rate.
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medi01
BArms
a virus that has a 99.95% survival rate.
1.5% dead in US, you could argue about unaccounted cases, but it's nowhere at 0.05%.
And what the heck does covid have to do with shortages?
For AMD - too many things launched at once and TSMC is at max capacity.
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