Intel’s Rocket Lake S desktop CPU lineup set to release in March 2021, giving AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series months of free reign News

Intel’s Rocket Lake S desktop CPU lineup set to release in March 2021, giving AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series months of free reign News

If the leaked timeframes pan out, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 lineup could enjoy several months on the market without competition from Rocket Lake S (Image source: Intel)

A report by HDTechnologia states that Intel’s upcoming Rocket Lake S CPU series is set to release in March 2021, alongside the new Z590 chipset. This late launch date could give AMD a boost, with the Ryzen 5000 series enjoying over five months alone on the market.

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. 

Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-10- 7 (Update: 2020-10- 7)

I’ve had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I’ve gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I’m not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.

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