Intel Reportedly Confirms March 30 Release Date for Rocket Lake-S CPUs

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Intel might have finally set an official release date for its Rocket Lake chips that will soon vie for a spot on our list of Best CPUs. HardwareLUXX editor Andreas Schilling today reported that “the sales embargo for 11th Gen Desktop processors (Rocket Lake S) is March 30, 2021, at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET."

The announcement was largely symbolic. Representatives from MSI and Gigabyte revealed the March launch window in January, Milwaukee PC leaked the line’s pricing a few days ago, and Mindfactory sold its entire Core i7-11700K stock last weekend.

Here are the leaked prices courtesy of Milwaukee PC, but be aware that this might not reflect official pricing:

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ProcessorPricing (Excl. VAT)Cores / ThreadsBase Clock (GHz)L3 Cache (MB)Part Number
Core i9-11900K$599.998/163.516BX8070811900K
Core i9-11900KF$579.998/163.516BX8070811900KF
Core i9-11900$509.998/162.516BX8070811900
Core i9-11900F$479.998/162.516BX8070811900F
Core i7-11700K$484.998/163.616BX8070811700K
Core i7-11700KF$454.998/163.616BX8070811700KF
Core i7-11700$389.998/162.516BX8070811700
Core i7-11700F$359.998/162.516BX8070811700F
Core i5-11600K$309.996 / 123.912BX8070811600K
Core i5-11600KF$279.996 / 123.912BX8070811600KF
Core i5-11600$264.996 / 122.812BX8070811600
Core i5-11500$234.996 / 122.712BX8070811500
Core i5-11400$214.996 / 122.612BX8070811400
Core i5-11400F$179.996 / 122.612BX8070811400F

Rocket Lake processors have popped up in benchmarks over the last few months, too, and some outlets recently published reviews of Core i7-11700K and Core i9-11900K samples to offer some idea of how Intel’s latest CPUs will perform. 

It's clear that the chips will place well on our CPU benchmarks hierarchy. Still, those reviews shouldn’t be taken as gospel—retail versions of the CPUs should offer greater performance than engineering samples—but they can help set expectations for Rocket Lake’s potential. (And its ability to compete with AMD’s offerings.)

Still, it's good to hear that Rocket Lake should arrive this month, even if some retailers let the cat out of the bag a little early. We've reached out to Intel to confirm the March 30 launch plans and will update this post with the company's response.

More information about all things Rocket Lake can be found right here.

Nathaniel Mott
Freelance News & Features Writer

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.

  • hotaru251
    that $100 price dif between 700 and 700k....intels apparently not trying to beat amd on price anymore.
  • hannibal
    Intel know that it dont have to beat amd in price. They Also know that They sont have to beat amd speed wise...
    TSMC can not make enough amd cpus to even cause a dent in intels market share. Amd is now as big as it can get!