A few days back, Intel did officially announce their Rocket Lake-S desktop CPU lineup and disclosed the entire pricing as well. Obviously, even before launch, we did get the specs as well as the look of the packaging thanks to Videocardz.
Even though the sale embargo lifts on March 30th. however, a YouTuber Vassi Tech has already received the Intel Core i9-11900K CPU that he preordered ahead of the official launch. So, the retail unit that was sent to Vassi has been delivered a week in advance and he did end up showing the CPU and its fancy packaging in a YouTube video.
The unique packaging for the unlocked series sports a plastic, crystal-shaped box. As we already know, the Intel Core i9-11900K features 8 cores and 16 threads, which will result in an L3 cache of 16MB and an L2 cache of 4MB. The base frequency of the CPU is 3.5 GHz, but it is able to feature a maximum boost clock of 5.2 GHz while the all-core boost frequency will be limited to 4.8 GHz.
The processor will also house exactly 20 lanes of PCIe 4.0 and will also have native support for DDR4-3200 RAM without overclocking the IMC. Intel did evetually somehow beat AMD in single-core performance that will give few minor advantages over AMD, whose Ryzen 5000 series processors are far more efficient and better in multi-threaded performance.