Laptops may be the choice of go-getters these days, But we power users need our Desktops just as much. When Raw Muscle is what you are looking for, Dedicated PCs are in their own league, With tons of memory & a dedicated GPU, there is a lot more that can be done with the sheer potential a desktop has.
Even though the 11th Generation chips were briefly featured in Intel’s CES 2021 Presentation which brings us it’s update line of “Rocket Lake-S” Processor Line, Which is said to be comprised of the 8 Core, Core i9 and i7 Processors and the 6 Core i5 Processors.
Each comes with the standard Intel Flavours, The Overclockable K Series ( 125 Watts ) for the highest of the highest systems, The F Series (65 Watts) for Midrange Models with discrete graphics & the T Series for the all-in-ones and overall low powered systems ( Who didn’t see that coming 😉). The flagship of the lineup Core i9 can hit a peak of 5.3 Ghz and a all core speed of 4.8 Ghz, provided the necessary cooling is in place; more typically it’s up to 5.2GHz/4.7GHz, respectively.
As part of the 11th gen, these CPUs include Intel’s latest Xe graphics architecture, here dubbed Intel UHD Graphics 750, the more efficient Cypress Cove cores that add Deep Learning Boost (AI acceleration), support for 20 PCIe 4 lanes (up to 44 PCIe lanes total) with Resizable BAR, the ability to use faster DDR4-3200 memory and more. While it doesn’t generally add up to a huge performance increase for gaming over 10th gen — Intel’s own numbers show roughly less than 15% for 1080p play — the video codecs and DL Boost do help a lot with photo- and video-editing performance for some operations.
Now let’s get to something interesting, The chip will work with the 400 Series Motherboard, if you’re thinking of an upgrade you’ll have to switch to a new motherboard with a 500-series chipset in order to use some of the updated features. That includes memory overclocking in lower-end motherboards (with H570 and B560 chipsets, in addition to Z models) and dynamic memory overclocking, PCIe 4, 20Gbps USB 3.2, as well as support for off-chipset Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6E controllers. Hopefully, that means we’ll see wider and better implemented Thunderbolt support in desktops. A guy can dream.