Intel 11th Gen Processor Discussion and FAQ

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Intel is poised to release a new the new generation of powerful processors and we are excited to see the performance that they offer.

On March 16th Intel announced the new 11th Gen desktop processors and shared some of their expected performance. Intel says the new processors, codenamed Rocket Lake-S, which have been engineered on the new Cypress Cove architecture will be pushing desktop gaming performance to its limits with up to 5.3 GHz clock speeds. They are introducing a new Thermal Velocity Boost feature which we guess will give additional clock speed based on the temperature of the chip. They also boast about new platform improvements that include base support of RAM up to DDR4-3200 and up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes as well as integrated USB 3.2 support. Intel has also noted that the new 11th Gen will be able to take advantage of Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel AVX-512). Lastly, Intel announced that they have been working closely with more than 200 game developers to allow them to take advantage of these new changes.

We cannot wait to see how these improvements will affect the performance of these new CPUs. Intel announced that the release date for the 11th Gen processors is March 30th.

(Credit: Intel Corporation)

Are you planning to upgrade to the new 11th generation processors? If so, which 11th Gen is the processor for you?

As with other recent product launches, we know the demand for these new processors is high. We are working hard to make these new, exciting products available to as many customers as we can. Please see below for answers to popular questions. You may also post your question here and we will do our best to respond quickly.


Q.) Will you have the 11th Gen Intel Processors on the release dates?

A.) Yes, we will have the 11th Gen Intel Processors available on their respective launch dates.


Q.) Which 11th Gen Intel Processors will be available?

A.) We will have all released 11th gen processors available at launch. The number available will vary from store to store. Available products will be listed in the Processors/CPU category at launch.


Q.) What processors will be available?

A.) We expect to have stock of each processor in-store for its respective release date.


Q.) How much will the 11th Gen Intel processors cost?

A.) Up-to-date pricing for our cards will be posted on the website once they’re available.


Q.) Will I be able to reserve or buy them online?

A.) We will not be offering reservations for in-store pick-up or shipping for these processors due to the high demand.  


Q.) Will you be using vouchers for this launch?

 A.) Yes, for more information about how we implement vouchers, please see our Limited Availability Product Launch FAQ


Q.) How many will you have in stock?

A.) We are expecting limited quantities to be available upon the initial release. Check with your local Micro Center store for available product quantities.


Store Related Questions

Q.) Are you doing pre-orders?

A.) Yes, we have listed a set amount of these CPUs available for pre-order at this time. We expect to have additional stock available for those who are shopping on launch day.


Q.) Will I be able to reserve or buy them online?

A.) We will not be offering reservations for in-store pick-up or shipping for these video cards due to the high demand. 


Q.) Are you planning to open early on the release dates?

A.) We will be operating with regular store hours from 10am-9pm M-S and 11am-6pm Sunday.


Q.) When will vouchers be handed out?

A) Our voucher system operates on a local response and first-come, first-served basis. See your local store for more details.


Q.) How many vouchers will be handed out?

A.) Stores will be handing out vouchers for the items in stock at that location. Once all vouchers have been distributed, the store will post a sign stating they are sold out.


Q.) What are you doing to handle demand?

A.) Given the current pandemic, we want to avoid having lines outside of the store, in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. We ask that you continue to do your part in following CDC social distancing guidelines.


Q.) Can I buy more than one? 

A.) We will be limiting purchases at this time to one per household. With limited availability, we want all of our customers to have a chance to be a part of this new product release.


Q.) Are Micro Center Associates able to buy the new Processors?

A.) Due to the high demand and constrained inventory, we have restricted employee purchases, so we can get new products into the hands of our loyal customers.

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