AMD released the Ryzen 5000 series processors based on the Zen 3 architecture a few days ago, and Intel's 11th generation desktop Core processors code-named Rocket Lake will wait until early next year. It is currently known that Rocket Lake still uses the 14nm process, and the maximum number of cores has returned to 8 cores, but the architecture has changed a lot.
The first is the increase in cache. The L1 buffer of each core of Rocket Lake has increased from 32KB to 48KB, and the L2 cache has doubled from 256KB to 512KB. At the same time, its frequency has also been greatly improved. The current news is that it can reach a full-core 5.0GHz, but it is not clear whether it is the result of overclocking.
As for single-core performance, the ES2 version i9 engineering sample can achieve a single-core 5.3GHz, and the final target is 5.4-5.5GHz. In contrast, the current tenth-generation Comet Lake series i9 single-core highest core frequency is 5.3GHz.
At the same time, Rocket Lake also brings support for PCIe 4.0 and continues the LGA1200 interface, so it can be used with 400/500 series motherboards. As for whether or not PCIe 4.0 can be turned on with products such as Z490, it depends on the actual motherboard model.
According to the above content, Intel's 11th-generation Core processor may not have any improvement in running points, but it should be much stronger when playing games or rendering.