Intel Comet Lake processors are getting the attention of gamers and hardware enthusiasts these days as everyone is interested in checking out their performance in games and applications. Intel has already shipped some high-end models of these processors to early adopters and some tech reviewers. There are some benchmarks leaked on a benchmark sharing website called 3DMark. The processor leaked on this website is likely to be an 11th generation processor with a different architecture compared with Intel Sky lake processors. This architecture upgrade was not held from the past five years but is likely to be done in the upcoming generation.
An engineering sample of this processor was checked for a benchmark on 3DMark, and it was reported by a hardware detective Apisak who like to dig the databases of these benchmarks websites to get these type of things. The processor using there was genuine, and this must be an early engineering sample of this processor. Right now, there is not much information about this processor except a few things, so take a look at them.
An unknown processor was running at a base clock of 3.2Ghz while on max turbo, this processor can reach up to 4.3Ghz. This CPU is equipped with eight cores and sixteen threads and might not support simultaneous multithreading, which gives the best performance in single-core and multi-core applications. The motherboard using this processor was named Intel Reference Rocket Lake-S and might be a referenced version of the Z490 chipset motherboard, but there are no details regarding this.
There are two tests did with this chip, and these were Fire Strike and Time Spy, and the scores of this processor on 3DMark were amazing. This 11th generation processor managed to give 1746 and 605 points respectively, and comparing this with last generation processors; they are much high. But as I’ve said earlier, this is an engineering sample of this processor, and there are chances that the company will make some changes before releasing the final one.
There are no details of this processor, but we will try our best to share them with you as soon as we got anything. Intel is currently manufacturing 14nm processors as Comet Lake CPUs. But the main thing to note is the change in architecture. This processor was using instruction per core with which you will see a performance upgraded in single and multi-core applications. Unlike the last generation processors, these don’t need high-frequency rates.
There are also some rumours spreading after this leak that these processors will be using Intel 400 series motherboards the same as of Comet Lake CPUs. Also, there are chances that these processors might support PCI Gen4 and M.2 4.0 slots, which was only available in AMD x570 chipset motherboards, and Intel didn’t bring them with Comet Lake processors. Some users are saying that Rocket Lake CPUs will be equipped with integrated XE graphics.
The core architecture this processor was using is also known as Willow Cove, and it is expected that you are also going to see this in Tiger Lake notebook processors. Tiger Lake will use 10nm processors, and you might experience a noticeable performance difference compared with the last generation. The presence of these processors is real as Intel also announced the discontinue news of their 8th generation processors by then end of this year so we can expect a new lineup is coming there. The same thing happened with Comet Lake processors as Intel discontinue the 7th generation before their release.
The interesting thing regarding this is that the engineering sample had eight cores, while Intel pushed the cores to 10 in Comet Lake CPUs. So as I guess, this was a flagship model, maybe i5 or even i3, because Intel is not going to take back physical core count in their new generation processors. Ryzen 4000 CPUs are out there, and it’s expected that AMD will launch these processors in October 2020. If so, Intel needs a quick response, at least in Q1 of 2021. There are some users like @_rogame who said that Intel will launch these processors in Q1 2021 or if they got late then in Q2 2021.