Intel love their codenames for their CPU's. It used to be in groups of two; a new CPU, then a faster variant, and then the cycle would repeat.
For example, there was 'Sandy Bridge' and 'Ivy Bridge', and 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell'. But with Intel trying to catch up with the competition, they've been using the 'Lake' architecture for some time now.
It began with 'Skylake' in 2015, on the 14nm architecture, and so far we are at 'Ice Lake', with a smaller 10nm architecture and speed improvements.
But according to a rep, we may see the next iteration, 'Rocket Lake', hit sooner than we think for this year.
What's a Rocket Lake?
After AMD announcing the Ryzen 5000 series back in November, Intel are on a weak footing currently, with high-prices for their current CPU line that can barely match what the AMD CPU's can achieve now.
With Rocket Lake, Intel are apparently looking to focus these as their '11th Gen' products of CPU, touting them as workhorses that will be able to rival AMD, even with the existing 14nm architecture.
As the tweet shows from the MSI rep, it seems as though these are indeed appearing in March; just two months away.
With NVIDIA rumoured to be bringing out other models of their 30 Series GPU for desktop and laptops, the date makes sense for Intel.
What will it Feature?
One main feature will be its new GPU architecture, named 'Xe', which is the successor to their 'HD' GPU.
While there isn't too much detail on the architecture as yet, they have touted the GPU to easily render displays in 8K or two 4K displays, alongside support for 'Dolby Vision' and HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4a.
The CPU will also support PCI Express 4.0, DDR4-3200 and the latest USB standard of 3.2 (Gen 2).
It looks like the CPU wars will begin again in March, but time will tell if the pricing of 'Rocket Lake' will be competitive enough for any PC upgraders to be tempted away from AMD's Ryzen 5000 line.