Intel’s last generation of 14nm fixed gear has to change the motherboard?
The debut of Intel’s 11th-generation Core processors is already planned. The first one is Tiger Lake for thin and light laptops. There will be Tiger Lake-H for gaming laptops and Rocket Lake-S for desktops. The latter is expected to become Intel The last generation of 14nm products.
It was previously expected that Rocket Lake-S will be released during the CES 2021 exhibition early next year, but according to the latest roadmap, its release time is scheduled for the 10th week of 2021, which is March 1–5.
Rocket Lake-S will continue to use the 14nm process, but will introduce a new CPU architecture (codenamed Cypress Cove), Xe LP architecture 12th generation core display, native support for PCIe 4.0, the interface continues the current LGA1200, compatible with the existing 400 Series motherboards.
It has up to 8 cores and 16 threads, which is a step backwards compared to the current ten-generation 10 cores and 20 threads. The thermal design power consumption is up to 125W. Considering that the future Alder Lake 12 generations are designed with large and small cores, with a maximum of 8 large cores, Intel will not compete in the number of cores in the short term.
But at the same time, Intel will also release a new 500 series chipset. The roadmap shows that it will debut later in March next year. This indicates that Rocket Lake should be released on paper in early March next year, and then it will be available at the end of the month.
The 500 series chipsets are first released in four models: Z590, H570, B560, and H410. In April, there are also W580 for workstations and Q470 for business use. The whole line is 14nm technology, and the entry-level B460 and H410 are still 22nm .
There should not be much change in the specifications of the 500 series motherboards, mainly supporting PCIe 4.0 natively, but certainly not all, which is expected to be Z590 and H470.
It is said that motherboard manufacturers have already obtained the specifications of the 500 series chipset, but there has been a recent change. The B560 has added memory overclocking support, which was previously limited to the Z series.