As Intel already revealed, the next-gen chips will match AMD’s latest CPUs with the addition of PCIe 4.0, with up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes. That will allow for support of much faster SSDs and other peripherals. Intel is also boosting the memory controller with support for memory speeds up to DDR4-3200.
Other new features will include support for new media controllers, including HEVC (VP9) at up to 4K60p 12-bit 4:4:4, and AV1 at 4K60 10-bit 4:2:0. System with the chips will also support DP1.4a, HDMI 2.0b, and HBR3, with up to three 4K60p or two 5K60p displays. Finally, Intel has added VNNI for improved AI performance.
Rocket Lake should allow Intel to at least keep up with AMD until its 10-nanometer chips finally arrive. We’ll have to wait for the chips to launch in Q1 of 2021 to learn the price and other details, however.
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