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Intel Rocket Lake-S: far from being dumped?

Intel Rocket Lake-S: far from being dumped?

The Rocket Lake-S processors should arrive at the beginning of the year, as we have already been able to talk about. Of course, many people don’t pay much for their skins given the thunderous performance of the new Ryzen 5000 family.

However, Intel is keeping a low profile and may not have said its last word. Indeed despite this last round in 14nm (Rocket Lake-S are using their new Cypress Cove cores, an adaptation in 14nm +++ of the Sunny Cove microarchitecture), the blues seem to have found the key to bring a considerable improvement in the CPI.

Rocket Lake-S détails


Rocket Lake-S: the CPI and the frequency to get their heads out of the water


Why the history of frequency and IPC is still in the spotlight: Games and most applications continue to rely on high-frequency cores to generate high frame rates and lower latency. In addition, the number of IPCs (instructions per cycle) combined with higher frequencies obviously allows for very high test rates. In doing so, Intel continues to push the limits of performance with the IPC gains and frequencies needed for gaming, content creation and multitasking. On Rocket Lake, it is understandable that Intel has sought to do “all-in” on the board. In order to increase the frequency it was necessary to decrease the number of physical cores in the current envelope, which is still socket 1200 compatible.


Big score CB 20…But how ?



A leak test under Cinebench R20 tells us that a Rocket Lake-S at 5.5Ghz has just obtained 655 points. A score to be put in perspective with the 649 points (the record of performances until then) obtained by a Ryzen 5950X.


So obviously we don’t know how this score was obtained. We will have noticed that a few weeks before the arrival of the Rocket Lake-S, EK and CoolerMaster also unveil exclusive systems for Intel CPUs, to drastically cool them down…

So we’ll be watching this new Intel generation, knowing that it’s just a transition to real change…But that’s for later.

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