Intel's Rocket Lake S desktop CPU lineup set to release in March 2021, giving AMD's Ryzen 5000 series months of free reign
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Spanish tech outlet HDTecnologia confirmed they have access to exclusive information on Intel's Rocket Lake S launch time. According to their report, Rocket Lake S will only hit the market by the end of March. The new CPU lineup will be accompanied by a range of motherboard chipsets, including the Z590, H570, B560, and H10.
If these timeframes pan out, Intel could be conceding upwards of five months to AMD's Ryzen 5000 Zen 3-based CPU lineup. Leaked performance benchmarks indicate that Zen 3 makes major strides in terms of IPC and single-threaded performance, meaning AMD could potentially take a lead in gaming for the first time in over a decade.
Rocket Lake S is also expected to bring major performance improvements to the table. Rocket Lake leverages Intel's next-generation Willow Cove cores, backported to the 14nm process. This should translate to meaningful gains over Comet Lake, which at its heart, is a respin of a respin of the now ancient Skylake architecture.
It'll be interesting to see how Rocket Lake S fares against Ryzen 5000. However, for the next couple months at least, it appears as though Intel will have to compete with AMD using last year's Comet Lake S parts.