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Gear 1 can Lead to Performance Loss on Intel "Rocket Lake" 11th Gen Processors

In the course of our Core i5-11400F "Rocket Lake" processor review, we discovered that the Gear 2 memory mode has the potential to offer higher performance than Gear 1. The Gear 1 mode runs the memory frequency and memory controller frequency in 1:1 sync, while the Gear 2 mode runs them at 1:2, meaning that the memory controllers run at half the memory frequency, allowing you additional memory overclocking headroom. At lower, more stable, memory frequencies, it should be logical to use Gear 1. Our testing springs some surprising results.

Overall, a stock Core i5-11400F paired with DDR4-3733 MHz memory, was found to be 1.5% faster with Gear 2, when averaged across all our CPU tests, compared to Gear 1 at the same 3733 MHz frequency. Gear 2 was 3.42% faster in Cinebench R23 multi-threaded, and a staggering 6% in MySQL. Across rendering and media workloads that scale across all cores, we find Gear 2 faster by 1-3%. It's only with less parallelized workloads such as gaming, where we see Gear 2 lag behind Gear 1, though not by much. In our i5-11400F review, we show that by running your processor in Gear 2, you're making your memory controllers pull less power, freeing up power budget for the CPU cores, translating into the nT performance gains we see here. We discovered that the uncore can pull anywhere between 5 to 10 W more power in Gear 1 mode. This is valuable power eating into the already constrained power-budget of this 65 W TDP chip.

Read the Intel Core i5-11400F TechPowerUp Review

MSI Announces Gaming Desktops Powered by 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake" Processors

As a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. We stand by our principles of breakthroughs in design, the pursuit of excellence, and technological innovation. Integrating gamers' most coveted extreme performance, realistic visuals, authentic sound, precise control and smooth streaming functions into its gaming rigs, MSI frees gamers from tedious trial and error and pushes gaming performance beyond limits. The determination to surpass past achievements has made MSI a True Gaming brand with gaming spirit throughout the industry!

MSI announced a gaming desktop equipped with Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S processor. The 11th generation Intel Core processor adopts Cypress Cove's new architecture, which changes hardware and software efficiency and improves their performance. This allows users to achieve the perfect balance between gaming and productivity. The graphics card comes with NVIDIA RTX 3090 specifications, allowing players to enjoy the most extreme gaming experience. MSI launched a total of five models this time, from the flagship Aegis Series to the eSport Gaming Infinite Series, as well as the compact-sized Trident Series, to meet the hardware needs of different players.

ASUS Announces Mini PC PB62

ASUS today announced Mini PC PB62, a durable computer that delivers powerful performance to provide flexibility, expandability and performance to suit a range of business applications, including digital signage, point-of-sales (POS) system, kiosks and intelligent vending machines. Mini PC PB62 is powered by the latest desktop-grade up to 11th Generation Intel Core processor and fast DDR4 3200 MHz memory.

Engineered for performance: 11th Gen Intel Core, DDR4 3200 MHz memory and Intel Optane
With the latest up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, Mini PC PB62 is caters for with support for either a 35- or 65-watt CPU - so it's ready to be specified for supreme efficiency or maximum performance. PB62 also has built-in support for Intel Optane H20 memory, the technology that greatly improves storage speeds, enables frequently-used documents, pictures, videos and applications to be accessed more quickly while improving overall system performance to maximize productivity and efficiency.

Team Group Launches T-Force Xtreem DDR4 Memory Optimized for 11th Gen Core

Leading memory provider TEAMGROUP announced today the release of newly specification for T-FORCE high clock rated memory products that will coincide with the launch of Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors: the T-FORCE XTREEM DDR4, XTREEM ARGB DDR4, and XTREEM ARGB WHITE DDR4. When these high clock rate memory modules are paired with the latest Z590 motherboards, users will experience blistering speeds and top performance that will satisfy overclocking enthusiasts and gamers around the world.

T-FORCE's R&D team continues to push clock speeds to greater heights and has successfully launched new 5600 MHz, 5333 MHz, and 5066 MHz DDR4 memory modules to pair with the latest Z590 motherboards and Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors. Under its XTREEM product line, T-FORCE is releasing a DDR4 memory kit with a clock rate of 5600 MHz and a capacity of 16 GB (8 GB x 2) for the ultimate overclocking performance. At the same time, T-FORCE is releasing updated XTREEM/XTREEM ARGB/XTREEM ARGB WHITE DDR4 models with speeds of 5333 MHz and 5066 MHz and 16 GB (8 GB x 2) kits to meet the diverse needs of overclockers.

11th Gen Intel Core Unleashes Unmatched Overclocking, Game Performance

The 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake-S") launched worldwide today, led by the flagship Intel Core i9-11900K. Reaching speeds of up to 5.3 GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, the Intel Core i9-11900K delivers even more performance to gamers and PC enthusiasts.

Engineered on the new Cypress Cove architecture, 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors are designed to transform hardware and software efficiency and increase raw gaming performance. The new architecture brings up to 19% gen-over-gen instructions per cycle (IPC) improvement for the highest frequency cores and adds Intel UHD graphics featuring the Intel Xe graphics architecture for rich media and intelligent graphics capabilities. That matters because games and most applications continue to depend on high-frequency cores to drive high frame rates and low latency. Designed to Game: With its new 11th Gen desktop processors, Intel continues to push desktop gaming performance to the limits and deliver the most amazing immersive experiences for players everywhere.
Read the TechPowerUp Reviews of the Core i9-11900K and Core i5-11600K.

Intel Core i9-11900K Breaks 7 GHz Barrier at 1.873 V

Intel Core i9-11900K processor, the flagship model from the 11th generation "Rocket Lake" CPU lineup, has been overclocked to more than 7 GHz by the "Rog-Fisher". Thanks to the report coming from VideoCardz, we have information that the top-end Rocket Lake processor is possibly a very good overclocker. Running at 7048 MHz, the CPU managed to achieve that frequency using "only" 1.873 V. There is no doubt that the system was being cooled by LN2, as such overclocks need it to remain stable, however, we don't have any data on that. The CPU was paired with the ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Apex motherboard, designed for extreme overclocking purposes.

It is important to note that the CPU didn't run any benchmarks, as it was just validated at that frequency by Valid x86. The sample was likely supplied by Intel, so it could be a cherry-picked model. For the official benchmark results of Rocket Lake processors, we have to wait until tomorrow (March 30th), when NDA lifts.

Intel Readies Xeon W-1300 Socket LGA1200 Processors Based on "Rocket Lake"

Intel is reportedly giving final touches to the Xeon W-1300 line of enterprise processors targeting workstations, according to an ASRock CPU support list dug up by Komachi Ensaka. The processors are based on the same 14 nm "Rocket Lake" silicon as the company's 11th Gen Core desktop processors, and come in core counts of up to 8-core/16-thread. The lineup is expected to debut with five SKUs, three of which are 8-core/16-thread, and two 6-core/12-thread.

The lineup is led by the W-1370, with base frequency of 2.90 GHz, 16 MB of shared L3 cache, and 80 W TDP. Next up, is the slightly slower W-1390, clocked at 2.80 GHz, and 80 W TDP. The third 8-core part is the W-1390T, which is clocked at just 1.50 GHz (base), and comes with aggressive power-management that gives it a TDP rating of 35 W. The 6-core/12-thread W-1350P has the highest clock speeds, with a base frequency of 4.00 GHz, 12 MB of shared L3 cache, and 125 W TDP. The W-1350 is its slower sibling, clocked at 3.30 GHz, and 80 W TDP. The processors will be compatible with Intel Z490, W480, and H470 chipsets, besides their 500-series successors.

addlink M.2 Gen4x4 SSDs Optimized For 11th Gen Intel Rocket Lake-S

addlink Gen4x4 NVMe SSD series, S90, S92, S95 are ready for the latest Intel Rocket Lake-S platform. The processors have been confirmed as going on sale on March 30.

Rocket Lake will make PCIe Gen4 SSDs fly faster than Ryzen, Intel says. Rocket lake is a code name for Intel 11th Gen's desktop chip family. It supports the PCIe 4.0 Interface, which provide twice the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0. Intel Rocket Lake-S comes two years after AMD Ryzen (X570/B550) lead industry with the first PC chips to support the PCIe 4.0 interface. During CES 2021, Intel revealed some detail about new Rocket Lake chips and claims the 11th Gen Intel Core Desktop platform delivers up to 11% better PCIe Gen 4 storage performance vs the AMD Ryzen 9 5000 platform. They also confirmed that the chips will go on sale on March 30, 2021.

Intel Launches 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake": Unmatched Overclocking and Gaming Performance

The 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake-S") launched worldwide today, led by the flagship Intel Core i9-11900K. Reaching speeds of up to 5.30 GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, the Intel Core i9-11900K delivers even more performance to gamers and PC enthusiasts.

Engineered on the new Cypress Cove architecture, 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors are designed to transform hardware and software efficiency and increase raw gaming performance​. The new architecture brings up to 19% gen-over-gen instructions per cycle (IPC) improvement for the highest frequency cores and adds Intel UHD graphics featuring the Intel Xe graphics architecture for rich media and intelligent graphics capabilities. That matters because games and most applications continue to depend on high-frequency cores to drive high frame rates and low latency.

GIGABYTE Announces Z590 AORUS Tachyon Motherboard for Extreme Overclocking

GIGABYTE announced the Z590 AORUS Tachyon, a high-end motherboard targeted at enthusiasts seeking out extreme CPU and memory overclocking feats. The board is designed with an optimized layout for open-air test benches. It features a powerful CPU VRM solution that draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors, and 12 direct VRM phases, each with 100 A DrMOS and full Tantalum capacitor layout. The board features a 1-DIMM-per-channel (1DPC) memory, over just two DDR4 DIMM slots, a memory topology that enables the highest frequencies. The board also comes with physical controls for a number of overclocker-friendly features, such as BIOS profile selection, cold-restart, manual BIOS ROM selection, LN2 optimization, etc.

Expansion slots on the GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS Tachyon include four PCI-Express x16, from which two are Gen 4 (when paired with 11th Gen "Rocket Lake"), and run at either x16/NC or x8/x8; and the other two are Gen 3 x4/x1, wired to the Z590 PCH. Storage connectivity includes three M.2 NVMe slots, from which one is wired to the CPU and is Gen 4 x4 when used with "Rocket Lake," and the others Gen 3 x4. Other connectivity includes a premium onboard audio solution powered by a Realtek ALC1220-VB CODEC, a 2.5 GbE wired network interface powered by an Intel i225-V controller, and an 802.11 ax (Wi-Fi 6E), powered by an Intel AX210 controller. The company didn't reveal pricing.

BIOSTAR Z490 Motherboards Support the Latest Intel 11th Generation Rocket Lake Processors

BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today, announces that their Z490 series motherboards are ready to support the latest Intel 11th gen Rocket Lake processors.

In anticipation of the imminent launch of Intel's 11th gen processors, BIOSTAR has wasted no time in preparing their products to support the new chips. The Z490 series motherboards, which consists of 5 models (RACING Z490GTA EVO, RACING Z490GTA, RACING Z490GTN, Z490A-SILVER and Z490T-SILVER) have received optimized BIOS updates (ME 14.1) to support the 11th gen Intel processors and can be easily updated just by downloading and installing the new BIOS patch from the official product page.

Intel Core i9-11900K "Rocket Lake" Gaming Performance Leaked

An alleged Intel marketing slide highlighting the gaming performance advances of the company's upcoming Core i9-11900K "Rocket Lake" processor was leaked to the web. The slide compares the i9-11900K to the previous generation i9-10900K "Comet Lake-S," showing that despite two fewer CPU cores, the new chip is able to post double-digit percent gaming performance gains. At 1080p resolution, which is relevant to CPU testing as it highlights bottlenecks at the CPU-level, the i9-11900K is claimed to gain over 13% in frame-rates with "Total War: Three Kingdoms," and a significant 14% with Microsoft Flight Simulator. "Gears 5" shows a 9% performance gain, while GRID 2019 is 8% faster.

The Core i9-11900K owes its gaming performance gains to the IPC increase (single-thread performance increase) from the new "Cypress Cove" CPU cores. The "Rocket Lake-S" silicon features up to 8 "Cypress Cove" cores, which are believed to be a back-port of the "Willow Cove" core to the 14 nm silicon fabrication node, albeit with modifications, such as lower L2 cache sizes. Intel is looking to restore PC gaming performance leadership with the 11th Gen Core desktop processor series. The chips are expected to launch later this month.

Intel Rocket Lake Early Gaming Benchmarks Show Incremental Improvements

We have recently received some early gaming benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Core i7-11700K after German retailer MindFactory released the chip early. The creator of CapFrameX has managed to get their hands on one of these processors and has put it to the test comparing it with the Intel Core i9-10900K in some gaming benchmarks. Intel has promised double-digit IPC improvements with the new Rocket Lake generation of processors however if the results from this latest benchmark are representative of the wider picture those improvements might be a bit more modest then Intel claims.

The processors were paired with an RTX 3090 and 32 GB of 3200 MHz memory as this is the new stock maximum speed supported versus 2933 MHz on the Core i9-10900K. The two processors were put to the test in Crysis Remastered, Cyberpunk 2077, and Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, with the i7-11700K coming ahead in all three tests by ~ 2% - 9%. These tests are unverified and might not be fully representative of performance but they give us a good indication of what Intel has to offer with these new 11th generation chips.

Intel Core i7-11700 "Rocket Lake" Tested Some More: Competition for 5800X Firms Up

Odd Tech Reviews published a performance review of an Intel Core i7-11700 (non-K) "employee beta sample." This review comes on the heels of a Lab501.ro review of an unlocked i7-11700K engineering sample; and yet springs a different set of results in relation to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. The i7-11700 is shown having a slight edge over the 5800X in both the single- and multi-threaded tests of the CPU-Z Bench, where it's shown posting a 3.59% higher single-threaded score.

The Ryzen 7 5800X retakes the lead over the Core i7-11700 sample in Cinebench R15 and R20, posting higher scores in both the single- and multi-threaded tests. The 5800X also maintains lead with 7-Zip. Blender sees the i7-11700 once again run past the 5800X, but the AMD chip claws back with V-Ray and Handbrake video-encoding tests. There's a pitched battle between the 5800X and the i7-11700 with gaming, with each chip having an upper hand over the other, depending on the test. Find all these results and more in the Odd Tech Reviews presentation.

Intel Rocket Lake-S Lands on March 15th, Alder Lake-S Uses Enhanced 10 nm SuperFin Process

In the latest round of rumors, we have today received some really interesting news regarding Intel's upcoming lineup of desktop processors. Thanks to HKEPC media, we have information about the launch date of Intel's Rocket Lake-S processor lineup and Alder Lake-S details. Starting with Rocket Lake, Intel did not unveil the exact availability date on these processors. However, thanks to HKEPC, we have information that Rocket Lake is landing in our hands on March 15th. With 500 series chipsets already launched, consumers are now waiting for the processors to arrive as well, so they can pair their new PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs with the latest processor generation.

When it comes to the next generation Alder Lake-S design, Intel is reported to use its enhanced 10 nm SuperFin process for the manufacturing of these processors. This would mean that the node is more efficient than the regular 10 nm SuperFin present on Tiger Lake processors, and some improvements like better frequencies are expected. Alder Lake is expected to make use of big.LITTLE core configuration, with small cores being Gracemont designs, and the big cores being Golden Cove designs. The magic of Golden Cove is expected to result in 20% IPC improvement over Willow Cove, which exists today in Tiger Lake designs. Paired with PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 technology, Alder Lake is looking like a compelling upgrade that is arriving in December of this year. Pictured below is the LGA1700 engineering sample of Alder Lake-S processor.

Intel Core i9-11900T "Rocket Lake" Processor Allegedly Catches Up with Zen 3 in Single-Threaded Performance

When AMD announced its Ryzen 5000 series of processors based on the new Zen 3 architecture, the performance of these processors was the best on the market. Even in our own testing, we have found that AMD's Zen 3 core is the highest performing core on the market, even beating Intel's latest and greatest, the 10th generation of Core processors. However, Intel has been doing some silent work and the company has developed a new core to be used in the 11th generation "Rocket Lake" platform. Codenamed Cypress Cove, the design is representing a backport of the 10 nm Sunny Cove design, supposed to bring around 19% IPC improvement across the board.

If you were wondering if that was enough to catch up with AMD's Zen 3 IPC performance, look no further because we have Geekbench 5 performance results of Intel's 35 Watt Core i9-11900T processor. Having a base frequency of only 1.51 GHz, the CPU is capable of boosting one or two cores to the very high speed of 4.9 GHz, giving us a good example of the single-threaded performance we can expect from this CPU. In GB5 tests, the Core i9-11900T has managed to score 1717 points in the single-threaded test and 8349 points in multi-threaded results. Comparing that to something like AMD Ryzen 5800X, which scores 1674 points in single-threaded results, Rocket Lake's Cypress Cove core has managed to be 2.5% faster than Zen 3. However, in multi-threaded results, the AMD chip is unmatched as the low TDP of the Intel processor is stopping it from reaching full performance.

Intel B460 and H410 Incompatibility with "Rocket Lake" Explained

Earlier this week, Intel shook the DIY PC market, particularly the vast mainstream segment, by revealing that its mid-tier B460 and entry-level H410 desktop motherboard chipsets will not be compatible with 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" processors, and that only its top-tier Z490 and H470, will. We have an explanation into what's going on, after consulting with people in the know, thanks to our friends at Hardware Zone Israel, who spoke with sources within Intel. It turns out, that some batches of B460 and H410 PCH dies are re-badged from older generations of PCH, and built on the 22 nm silicon fabrication process; whereas the Z490 and H470 are based on a newer generation that's built on 14 nm. This is similar to Intel's move to carve out the B365 chipset from the older H170.

In addition to being limited to an older version of Intel ME (Management Engine), the H460 and H410 PCH lack the ability to communicate with "Rocket Lake-S" processors over side-band, using PMSYNC/PMDN signals, a design change Intel introduced with the "Tiger Lake" and "Rocket Lake" microarchitectures. The chipsets faced no such limitation with "Comet Lake-S." Intel's decision to re-badge older 22 nm-class PCH silicon as B460 and H410 may have been dictated by the company's 14 nm node volume constraints. HotHardware reports that some motherboard vendors, such as GIGABYTE, found a clever (albeit expensive) way around this limitation, by creating "V2" revisions of their existing B460 and H410 motherboards, which actually use the 14 nm H470 chipset.

Intel B460 and H410 Chipsets Don't Support 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake"

In a controversial move that baffles our technical understanding of how processor+chipset (platforms) work, Intel has decided to restrict the mid-tier B460 and entry-level H410 desktop motherboard chipsets from supporting 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" processors. A BIOS Updates Support page for Intel 400-series chipsets on the company website mentions "Motherboards based on Intel B460 or H410 chipsets are not compatible with upcoming 11th Gen Intel Core processors."

The company states that only the top Intel Z490 and next-best H470 chipsets support "Rocket Lake-S" from the 400-series, and such motherboards require a BIOS update from the motherboard manufacturer or pre-built OEM. We're having a hard time figuring out why the B460 or H410 have been excluded. With the H410, an argument can be made on insufficient CPU VRM capabilities of most motherboards; but the same can't be made for the B460, with several motherboard manufacturers having developed premium DIY motherboards with capable VRM solutions (eg: the ROG B460-F Gaming, or B460 AORUS Elite). Those looking to save some dough on mid-tier motherboards to use with "Rocket Lake" should now wait for Intel to launch the B560 chipset.

BIOSTAR Announces the Intel H510 Series Motherboards

BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today, announces the launch of their new H510 series motherboards designed to run the latest Intel 11th gen Rocket Lake-S processors. Introduced to the market in two Micro-ATX models, the H510MH/E 2.0 and the H510MX/E 2.0 motherboards are designed to be the best choice for business and casual use. Based on Intel's H510 single chip architecture, these motherboards are ready to unleash the true potential of the latest Intel 11th gen processors.

Equipped with all the essential features, the new H510 series comes from an immensely popular lineage of motherboards from BIOSTAR used all over the world in many offices that combine cutting edge technology with proven durability for smart business solutions. Designed to optimize any professional workflow, the H510 series motherboards bring the latest technology for users like PCIe 4.0 and WiFi 6 optimized to perfection with the protection and stability of BIOSTAR's proprietary Super Hyper PWM technology. Both motherboards support dual-channel DDR4 memory, optimized to run up to 64 GB and a maximum clock speed 2933 MHz.

Intel "Rocket Lake-S" i9-11900K, i7-11700K, and i5-11600K Specs Confirmed, Native DDR4-3200 Support

A leaked marketing slide from MSI Japan confirmed specifications of three 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" desktop processors that gamers and enthusiasts have their eyes on—the flagship Core i9-11900K, the next-best Core i7-11700K, and the performance-segment Core i5-11600K. The slides confirm that both the i9-11900K and i7-11700K are 8-core/16-thread parts, while the i5-11600K is 6-core/12-thread. With the "Rocket Lake-S" die capping out at 8 cores, Intel's product managers have lesser wiggle room to segment the Core i7 part from the Core i9 flagship.

The i9-11900K comes with a base frequency of 3.50 GHz, Turbo Boost 2.0 frequency of 5.10 GHz, Turbo Boost Max 3.0 frequency of 5.20 GHz, and Thermal Velocity Boost frequency of 5.30 GHz. Its all-core boost frequency is 4.80 GHz. The i7-11700K, on the other hand, lacks TVB. It ticks at 3.60 GHz base, 4.90 GHz Turbo Boost 2.0, and 5.00 GHz Turbo Boost Max 3.0. The i5-11600K lacks Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and TVB, it does 3.90 GHz base, with 4.90 GHz Turbo Boost 2.0. The Core i9 and Core i7 parts are joined at the hip with not just identical core counts, but also the same amount of L3 cache, at 16 MB. The i5 comes with 12 MB. All three Unlocked "K" SKUs come with native support for DDR4-3200 memory frequency, and their TDP is rated at 125 W. Intel is expected to launch these processors by late-March, 2021.

MSI Officially Launches its Intel 500 Series Motherboards for Rocket Lake-S Processors

At the beginning of 2021, MSI, a would-leading motherboards brand, had announed the latest Intel 500 series platforms will launch soon. Through few weeks of waiting, on January 27th, MSI Intel 500 series motherboards are officially launched.

As MSI official announcement mentioned, all of MSI 500 series motherboards with 11th Gen Intel Core processors support PCIe 4.0, and all of Z590 Wi-Fi motherboards have at least one 2.5G LAN and the latest Wi-Fi 6E solution which extends to 6 GHz spectrum providing remarkble user experience when streaming, gaming and even working from home.

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.

BIOSTAR Announces the Z590 Valkyrie and Z590I Valkyrie Flagship Motherboards

BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today announces the launch of their latest Z590 VALKYRIE series motherboard range engineered to run Intel's 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S processors.

Designed based on the latest Z590 chipset from Intel, BIOSTAR's VALKYRIE series motherboards are a brand-new breed of enthusiast grade motherboards in the market. Launched in two versions with two different form factors, the Z590 VALKYRIE (ATX) and the Z590I VALKYRIE (Mini-ITX) both carries a fully armored cover design resonating with BIOSTAR's goal of producing a premium flagship motherboard range that adds form, functionality and the wow factor to their product range.

Intel Gives Memory Overclocking Ability to H570 and B560 Chipsets

With the launch of its 500 series chipsets, Intel has officially laid the groundwork for the launch of its Rocket Lake-S CPU lineup. And with the new platform, there are some new features to be expected. The surprising news today is that Intel has enabled memory overclocking on a non-Z chipset like the upcoming H570 and B560 chipsets designed for mid-range motherboards that provide a budget option compared to the Z series that is designed for overclocking. The H570 and B560 chipsets now only lack the support for CPU overclocking, however, with Intel's history of limiting any overclocking exclusively to Z chipsets, this represents good progress nonetheless. However, for any frequencies above 2666 MHz, you need to use a Core i5 processor and above. The Core i3 and Celeron models are not going to support any higher speeds than 2666 MHz.

Intel "Rocket Lake-S" Die Annotated

Intel is betting big on an 8-core processor to revive its gaming performance leadership, and that chip is the 11th Generation Core "Rocket Lake-S," coming this March. In its 2021 International CES online event, Intel disclosed more details about "Rocket Lake-S," including the first true-color die-shot. PC enthusiast @Locuza_ on Twitter annotated the die for your viewing pressure. For starters, nearly half the die-area of the "Rocket Lake-S" is taken up by the uncore and iGPU, with the rest going to the eight "Cypress Cove" CPU cores.

The "Cypress Cove" CPU core is reportedly a back-port of "Willow Cove" to the 14 nm silicon fabrication node, although there are some changes, beginning with its cache hierarchy. A "Cypress Cove" core is configured with the same L1I and L1D cache sizes as "Willow Cove," but differ with L2 and L3 cache sizes. Each "Cypress Cove" core is endowed with 512 KB of dedicated L2 cache (which is a 100% increase from the 256 KB on "Skylake" cores); but this pales in comparison to the 1.25 MB L2 caches of "Willow Cove" cores on the "Tiger Lake-U" silicon. Also, the L3 cache for the 8-core "Rocket Lake-S" die is 16 MB, spread across eight 2 MB slices; while the 4-core "Tiger Lake-U" features 12 MB of L3, spread across four 3 MB slices. Each core can address the whole L3 cache, across all slices.
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