Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S desktop CPUs launches, fewer cores but higher IPC

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Intel has officially launched their range of 11th Generation Rocket Lake-S processors for desktop. Composed of the usual Core i9, Core i7, and Core i5 range, they offer fewer cores than some of their predecessors but promises better performance thanks to significant increase in IPC.

The Intel 11th Generation processors are based on the Cypress Cove architecture that promises up to 19% compared to Comet Lake-S processors from last year. Its integrated graphics gets an upgrade as well to the Intel Iris Xe architecture to boost performance by up to 50 percent.

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While instructions per cycle has been increased, core count has been lowered. From the 10-core, 20-thread flagship offering i9-10900K, Rocket Lake-S’ i9 series now come with only 8 cores and 16 threads while the i7 and i5 processors stays the same at 8 cores and 16 threads and 6 cores and 12 threads, respectively.

The 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors launched worldwide on March 16, 2021, are led by the flagship Intel Core i9-11900K. It can reach speeds up to 5.3 GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Model Cores/Thread Base Clocks Single/All-Core Cache TDP SRP
i9-11900K  8 / 16 3.5GHz 5.3GHz/4.8GHz 16MB 125W $539
i9-11900  8 / 16 2.5GHz 5.2GHz/4.7GHz 16MB 65W $439
i7-11700K  8 / 16 3.6GHz 5.0GHz/4.6GHz 16MB 125W $399
i7-11700  8 / 16 2.5GHz 4.9GHz/4.4GHz 16MB 65W $323
i5-11600K  6 / 12 3.9GHz 4.9GHz/4.6GHz 12MB 125W $262
i5-11600  6 / 12 2.8GHz 4.8GHz/4.3GHz 12MB 65W $213
i5-11500  6 / 12 2.7GHz 4.6GHz/4.2GHz 12MB 65W $192
i5-11400  6 / 12 2.6GHz 4.4GHz/4.2GHz 12MB 65W $182

Intel’s 11th Generation Rocket Lake-S processors are now available starting today. Pricing and availability in the Philippines, however, are yet to be announced.