8 Core Rocket Lake CPU compared to MSI Z590-A PRO motherboard, 21% faster than i7-10700K

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Intel announced its 11th Gen Rocket Lake desktop CPUs, which will be released in Q1 2021. Now Intel Rocket Lake CPU benchmarks have been leaked into the UserBenchmark database, where we see a nice single-core performance gain with the first engineering samples.

The bench shows an 11th Gen Intel Rocket Lake desktop CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads, the maximum number of cores and threads in the Rocket Lake lineup. The CPU clocks in at 3.4 GHz and a 4.2 GHz boost, which is lower than what Intel has hinted at. A surprising thing about this bench is that it ran on a Z590 motherboard. The board in question is the MSI Z590-A PRO-12VO (MS-7D10) with the LGA 1200 socket, which will support both 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs and 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs before the transition to another socket is planned in Q3 2021, which is the LGA 1700. Other notable specs about the configuration include 32GB of DDR4-2667 memory. 

Intel Core i9-11900K at 4.2 GHz Versus i7-10700K Versus i9-10900K: 

  • 1 core 148 152 179 21% faster 18% faster
  • 2 cores 292 302 368 26% faster 22% faster
  • 4 cores 567 599 682 20% faster 14% faster
  • 8 cores 1045 1156 1115 7% faster 3.6% slower

Rocket Lake desktop CPU is up to 21% faster than its predecessor, the Core i7-10700K, which has the same number of cores and threads within single-core tests. Simultaneously, the Core i7-10700K has a speed advantage at 5.1GHz that is 21% faster than the 4.2 GHz of the new CPU. Given these numbers, a 5 GHz + Rocket Lake CPU will destroy the Core i7-10700K in single-threaded workloads. The CPU was also 18% faster than the Core i9-10900K, which has a 26% speed advantage at 5.3 GHz.

The Rocket Lake CPU architecture is a hybrid between the Sunny Cove and Willow Cove design but will feature the Xe Gen 12 GPU architecture. We also know that the Z590 motherboards will be announced later this year, so we'll be seeing more information on Rocket Lake CPUs in the coming months.

8 Core Rocket Lake CPU compared to MSI Z590-A PRO motherboard, 21% faster than i7-10700K

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