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After a German retailer broke embargo and began selling and shipping the technically unannounced Intel Rocket Lake S CPU, the company has come out earlier than expected to announce the release. The 11th generation processes will be available for purchase starting March 30 at 9am ET.

The announcement was made in a statement given to German news site HardwareLuxx. This was in response to questions about the aforementioned retailer sending out processors.

Based on various rumors, Intel was scheduled to officially announce the 11th generation lineup on March 16. That reveal was going to include official specs, preorder details, and the final release date. However, with the release confirmed, it appears as though Intel is just going to use that time to announce pricing and specs. But with pricing apparently being revealed by other retailers, Intel may just decide to drop all the details sooner than later.

CPU Cores / Threads Base Clock Boost Clock (Single-Core) Boost Clock (All-Core) Cache TDP
Core i9-11900K 8 / 16 3.50 GHz 5.30 GHz 4.80 GHz 16 MB 125W
Core i9-11900 8 / 16 2.50 GHz 5.20 GHz 4.00 GHz 16 MB 65W
Core i9-11900T 8 / 16 1.50 GHz 4.90 GHz 3.70 GHz 16 MB 35W
Core i7-11700K 8 / 16 3.60 GHz 5.00 GHz 470 GHz 16 MB 125W
Core i7-11700 8 / 16 2.50 GHz 4.90 GHz 4.40 GHz 16 MB 65W
Core i7-11700T 8 / 16 1.40 GHz 4.60 GHz 3.60 GHz 16 MB 35W
Core i5-11600K 6 /12 3.90 GHz 4.90 GHz 4.60 GHz 12 MB 125W

Intel to punish the Rocket Lake Leaker?

As far as the retailer is concerned, Intel gave a pretty straightforward statement on the matter.

“We take our embargo agreements seriously. We are aware of a retailer selling unreleased products and are following up as appropriate,” the spokesperson told HardwareLuxx. “We cannot comment on particular actions taken by retailers. We have ongoing discussions with partners which are confidential as part of our policy. We take our embargo agreements seriously and are following up as appropriate.”

If you can take anything from that statement, it’s clear that Intel is going to punish the retailer. If venturing a guess, I’d assume that would mean the removal of being able to sell the 12th generation Alder Lake CPU at launch. That’s purely speculation on my end, though.

With the Intel Rocket Lake release happening near the end of Q1, it will mean that it will only have a max of one full quarter to itself as the top CPU for the blue brand. Intel Alder Lake is scheduled to launch Q3.

Mike Straw
Michael Straw is a gamer who just happens to be an experienced journalist. In his near decade-long career, Mike has covered some of the biggest events in the world from E3 to the NFL Draft. He was once the second-ranked player in the world in NHL 09 on Xbox Live, and is a trained professional wrestler. In addition to being the Hardware Editor of PCI, Mike is also the Managing Editor of Sports Gamers Online.

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