Friday, January 22nd 2021

Intel Starts Production of "Ice Lake" Xeons, Ships 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S"

Intel in its FY 2020 + Q4 2020 earnings release revealed two important development milestones from its two core businesses. As part of its Q4 2020 business highlights disclosures, the company revealed that it has commenced mass-production of its next-generation Xeon Scalable "Ice Lake-SP" enterprise processors. These chips implement the "Ice Lake" microarchitecture, with "Sunny Cove" CPU cores that offer higher IPC over "Cascade Lake," and are built on the company's 10 nm silicon fabrication node. Our older article details the 10 nm "Ice Lake-SP" silicon, where each die offers up to 28 cores, and enables Intel to build processors with up to 56 cores using two such dies on multi-chip modules.

Next up, the company states that it has "started shipping" its 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" desktop processors. "Shipping" in this context could even mean commencement of mass-production, and transfer of inventory down the supply chain, in the build up to a market availability date. At its digital keynote address on the sidelines of the 2021 International CES, Intel revealed many more details of "Rocket Lake-S," including its flagship Core i9-11900K 8-core processor, which it claims retakes the gaming performance lead that the company recently lost to AMD's Ryzen 5000 series. Multiple sources confirmed that these processors should be available only after mid-March, 2021.
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14 Comments on Intel Starts Production of "Ice Lake" Xeons, Ships 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S"

#1
DeathtoGnomes
which it claims retakes the gaming performance lead that the company recently lost to AMD's Ryzen 5000 series.
talk is cheap, waiting on reviews.
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#2
ratirt
I'm sure this comet lake will be faster then the predecessor. It may be competitive in gaming with 5000 series Ryzens but I'm sure it will not win across the board. There will be wins and losses on both sides and that is the best case scenario for Intel I think.
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#3
PapaTaipei
What I want :
12 to 16 cores
@5+GHz
No iGPU
DDR5
PCIe 5

What they will do :
10 cores
4GHz
iGPU
DDR4
PCIe 3
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#4
GoldenX
PapaTaipei
What I want :
12 to 16 cores
@5+GHz
No iGPU
DDR5
PCIe 5

What they will do :
10 cores
4GHz
iGPU
DDR4
PCIe 3
8
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#5
kayjay010101
PapaTaipei
What I want :
12 to 16 cores
@5+GHz
No iGPU
DDR5
PCIe 5

What they will do :
10 cores
4GHz
iGPU
DDR4
PCIe 3
There is no 10-core part on Rocket Lake-S, the i9 is going from 10 to 8
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#6
ZoneDymo
ratirt
I'm sure this comet lake will be faster then the predecessor. It may be competitive in gaming with 5000 series Ryzens but I'm sure it will not win across the board. There will be wins and losses on both sides and that is the best case scenario for Intel I think.
that is the best case scenario, but most likely it will win by a rediculously slim margin on 1080p gaming and lose literally everywhere else
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#7
Gmr_Chick
PapaTaipei
What I want :
12 to 16 cores
@5+GHz
No iGPU
DDR5
PCIe 5

What they will do :
10 cores
4GHz
iGPU
DDR4
PCIe 3
Um...RKL is going to have PCIe 4.0, and PCIe 5.0 isn't even a thing yet. Also, if you don't want an iGPU, buy an F or KF SKU. Simple.
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#8
ratirt
ZoneDymo
that is the best case scenario, but most likely it will win by a rediculously slim margin on 1080p gaming and lose literally everywhere else
I'm 100% sure , the new Intel will not win in every game at 1080p across the board. Most games yeah sure but not all of the games.
There are games (still new games) That perform so damn well on an AMD system that I doubt Intel will catch it. You can take a look at Death Stranding or Serious SAM 4 but there's more.
I don't know how the Benchmark suites will change within 2 months after Intel's new CPU is released, but if these games will be included, I'm sure Intel will not win here.
In general, Intel will win by a slim margin like you said.
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#9
Vayra86
At this rate they'll reach Gen number 14 before they reach Node number 10 for any half-serious CPU.
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#10
cst1992
DeathtoGnomes
talk is cheap, waiting on reviews.
"Never ask a barber if you need a haircut, and ask a CEO how his company is doing."
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#11
Steevo
Higher IPC..... sure, more cache, higher clock speed and fewer cores to fight for the cache means more cache hits.
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#12
cst1992
ratirt
I'm sure this comet lake will be faster then the predecessor. It may be competitive in gaming with 5000 series Ryzens but I'm sure it will not win across the board. There will be wins and losses on both sides and that is the best case scenario for Intel I think.
Their current i7s already consume 125W of power. I wonder how much more they'll have to push this node to stay competitive.
14nm means that compared to 7nm you can only fit 25% of transistors in a given area. Which means you have a lower IPC, or you have a higher power consumption.
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#13
P4-630
LGA1700 and DDR5

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#14
cst1992
P4-630
LGA1700 and DDR5

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Me too, although it's painful to have to wait 3 years for it.
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