Intel’s new Core i9-11900K flagship processor will arrive in early 2021

Intel's new Core i9-11900K flagship processor will arrive in early 2021

Intel’s new flagship Core i9-11900K processor will arrive in the first quarter of 2021. The chipset manufacturer presented the latest preview of the first 11th-generation desktop chips (Rocket Lake-S) at CES today. The new chips, titled the flagship Core i9-11900K, are said to offer up to 19 percent higher IPC (Instructions Per Cycle), up to 50 percent better integrated graphics, and better AI performance.

And while Intel isn’t quite ready to uncover its full 11th-generation Rocket Lake-S lineup, it has previewed its flagship Core i9 model: an eight-core, 16-threaded chipset with boosted clock speeds of up to a whopping 5.3GHz . The processor also includes support for DDR4 3200MHz RAM, a total of 20 PCIe 4.0 slots, and even compatibility with Intel 400 Series chipsets. Unfortunately, there is no information about the pricing or release date of the new model yet.

Despite its 11th generation moniker, the new Rocket Lake-S chips are still technically 14nm chips – they don’t use a 10nm process. However, it does feature Intel’s Cypress Cove cores, which bring improvements from the 10nm core designs to the 14nm production process, allowing for higher speeds along with faster Intel integrated Xe graphics.

According to Intel, the decrease in the number of cores compared to last year’s Core i9-10900K (which had 10 cores and 20 threads) is due to this step (10nm chips are currently only designed for up to eight cores at present) However, it promises that overall performance on the new 11th generation model will still be better.

There is no official release date for the upcoming Rocket Lake-S chips yet, but Intel is promising to release them in the first quarter of 2021.

Update January 11, 4:47 PM ET: Additional details have been added on Intel’s Cypress Cove cores.

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