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Intel Confirms Rocket Lake Processors Coming Q1 2021 With PCIe 4.0 Support

Intel has confirmed its next-gen Rocket Lake desktop processors will launch in Q1 2021 and include PCIe 4.0 support.

Intel’s John Bonini, VP and GM of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming, posted in a blog today, detailing the company’s commitment to gaming. The successors to the current Comet Lake 10th Gen processors are expected, amongst other things to bring PCIe 4.0 support – currently lacking from its mainstream CPUs, which have meant they’ve lagged behind AMD’s current 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs that brought the new standard to its AM4 platform last year. Not only this, but Nvidia’s recent RTX 3000 series graphics cards also support PCIe 4.0.

The launch of Intel’s Z490 chipset and 10th Gen CPUs several months ago saw several motherboard manufacturers reveal that their new products were PCIe 4.0-ready, but there was no official word from Intel on current or future support. It’s now all but confirmed that current Z490 motherboards will indeed offer PCIe 4.0 support, but will require Intel’s Rocket Lake 11th Gen CPUs to do so. The issue of PCIe 4.0 support, while only offering small gains with Nvidia’s RTX 3000-series CPUs, at least in my own tests with AMD hardware, is definitely something Intel’s needs to remedy and it looks like we’ll get that with it’s Rocket Lake CPUs.

Meanwhile, the 8th October will see AMD announce its 4th Gen Ryzen CPUs and I’ll be reporting live on the event so follow me on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook,  Instagram or Reddit for more PC hardware news and reviews.

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