Why is this important? Well, for the simple reason that Intel is definitely going to exclude its current processors from PCIe 4.0 support, when we have been speculating for months that Comet Lake-S left the factory supporting it and it’s the BIOS of the motherboard that did not offer support. .
Only the new 11th gen i9, i7 and i5 will support PCIe 4.0
Have you purchased a 10th generation Intel processor, type 10900K? Well, apparently your CPU won’t support PCIe 4.0, but will stay in 3.0 as before. Rumors about the implementation of the second zero of the more advanced version of the pilot seem to be false, at least from what is distilled here.
This doesn’t contradict rumors about the Z490 and earlier versions, where Intel will support PCIe 4.0 through the AIBs and the corresponding BIOS that unlocks it, but to use it you’ll also need an i9, i7 or 11th generation i5. .
Another question is: why is Intel leaving out the rest of the processors even though it is the 11 generation? Well, because the new i3s, Pentiums and Celeron are not based on Rocket Lake as an architecture, but they are Comet Lake Refresh, but to be more precise, we will list them:
- Core i3-11100
- Core i 3-11100T
- Core i3-11300
- Core i3-11300T
- Core i3-11320
- Pentium G6420
- Pentium G6420T
- Pentium G6520
- Pentium G6250T
- Pentium G6220
- Celeron G5930
- Celeron G5930T
- Celeron G5950
Three new chipsets (Z590, B560 and H510) and architecture features revealed
Three new chipsets will give life to the new motherboards that will compete with Zen 3 and x570 as the main chipset: Z590, B560 and H510.
The former, as usual, will be the backbone of the company, being the top-tier chipset, while the latter will occupy the mid-range and generally be the bestseller for its balance between performance and price. Finally, the H510 will be the entry level of the Rocket Lake-S and Comet Lake-S platform already with PCIe 4.0 support, or at least that is expected, since the latter is not so little confirmed. .
When it comes to the main features of Rocket Lake-S processors, the items filtered and compiled so far indicate the following:
- Superior performance with a new base architecture Cypress Cove
- Up to 8 cores and 16 threads (double-digit IPC gains on Skylake).
- New Xe graphics architecture (up to 50% more performance than Gen9).
- Better memory support DDR4 3200 MHz (not to mention OC).
- CPU PCIe 4.0 Lanes (available on Z490 and Z590 motherboards).
- Improved display support (built-in HDMI 2.0b, DP1.4a, HBR3).
- 4 PCIe CPU lanes added = 20 CPU lanes in total with PCIe 4.0.
- Improved multimedia support (12 bit AV1 / HVEC, Compression E2E).
- CPU Attached Storage to Intel Optane memory.
- New features and overclocking capabilities.
- USB audio download.
- Integrated CNVi and Wireless-AX.
- USB 3.2 generation 2 × 2 integrated (20G).
- Discrete Ethernet LAN 2.5 Gb.
- Discrete Intel Thunderbolt 4 (USB4 compatible).
There are only a few days left until January 11, so we assume that we will soon have more data from Z590 motherboards and new processors thanks to leaks. Be careful.