Intel could unexpectedly take advantage of two different architectures on its 11th generation processors. Looking at the new leaks, the ‘Comet Lake Refresh’ codename will be used at the entry level.
New dates have leaked for Intel 11th generation CPUs, and it is said that an official announcement (link) will be made at CES 2021 (January 11). However, the blue team may give us a surprise, and a renewed version of the 10th generation Comet Lake family may be released separately as Comet Lake Refresh.
According to the sharing by @ Harukaze571, there are 13 Rocket Lake and 13 Comet Lake Refresh desktop CPUs. The source says the Rocket Lake series will consist of Core i5, i7 and i9 processors. Comet Lake Refresh CPUs will consist of lower segment CPUs such as Core i3, Pentium and Celeron.
We have stated that Intel’s Rocket Lake processors will use Cypress Cove cores and offer considerable IPC gains. Comet Lake Refresh series will be based on the advanced Skylake architecture.
Expected Processors for Comet Lake Refresh Series
All of the low-budget chips are listed under the name Comet Lake Refresh. At this point, Intel may not have settled the price / performance balance and turned to the existing architecture. However, some improvements must have been made in these CPUs.
Core i3 models can come with 8 MB cache, along with 4 cores and 8 threads. The Pentium family still has dual cores and 4 threads, while it has a 4 MB L3 cache. In Celeron series, 2 cores are used, but multi-thread support is not provided. Finally, for these affordable options, the existing UHD 630 graphics will be preferred instead of the Xe graphics architecture.