It looks like Intel 11th Gen might be closer to release than we initially thought. There’s a new rumour going around the web, indicating that Intel will launch its 500-series motherboards on January 11th, the same day as the company’s keynote at CES 2021.
Specifications of this motherboard series have yet to be confirmed, but it’s expected that these will be the last Intel desktop motherboards supporting DDR4 memory. Additionally, it will feature the LGA1200 socket, which allows these motherboards to support both 10th and 11th Gen Core CPUs, and it will be the first Intel desktop platform supporting PCIe 4.0.
— HXL (@9550pro) December 16, 2020
According to this report, Intel hasn’t set a date for the release of Rocket Lake-S yet, but according to other rumours, it will probably launch the new processors after releasing the 500-series motherboards, more precisely between the end of February and early March. If these launch dates are true, the motherboards will be available before the processors, exactly the opposite of what happened with the Comet Lake-S, where processors were available one month before the motherboards.
There’s no obvious reason behind Intel’s alleged decision to launch new motherboards first, but once they are available, people will at least be able to use them with a Comet Lake-S processor.
KitGuru says: Are you planning on upgrading your system in a near future? Will you be waiting for Intel to launch new CPUs first?