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Intel’s Rocket Lake Processors Coming in March, Gigabyte Says

A Gigabyte press release has revealed when Intel’s 11th gen Rocket Lake CPUs will be arriving.

As spotted by PCMag, the press release, which announced that Gigabyte’s Z490 PCIe 4.0 motherboards will support the upcoming Rocket Lake chips via the latest F20 BIOS, stated that the chips will “be launched on March 2021”.

“The new processors keep the same architecture as the previous generation but they enable the PCIe 4.0 support, which meet a range of needs for users who expect broad bandwidth and super high transfer speed of PCIe 4.0 on the Intel platform,” said Gigabyte. “For those who own one of the current generation motherboards, it would be a great deal to enjoy the performance uplift on Z490 motherboards with PCIe 4.0 function and 11th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors support.”

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Gigabyte’s press release also said, “GIGABYTE’s R&D team is speeding up on the verification of more Z490 motherboards for a full-fledged support to the 11th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors. The updated BIOS files will be uploaded to the GIGABYTE official website, so please check it out regularly.”

Prior to this press release, there were rumours and leaks that March 2021 would see the launch of the new Rocket Lake chips. Intel previously said that they would launch in Q1 2021 but didn’t give a more precise date.

The new Rocket Lake chips will introduce the Cypress Cove desktop architecture, which Intel says will “transform hardware and software efficiency and increase performance​” and see percentage improvements to IPC performance in the double-digits. The chips will also make use of Intel’s Xe Graphics architecture and have up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes. They have also been noted to be a 14nm backport of the 10nm Sunny Cove architecture.

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