Following the growing popular of Intel’s Tiger Lake processors, the tech brand is all set with the upcoming architectural shift with the 12th Gen. Alder Lake processors. They are designed both for desktop and laptop segments and its integration.
The current specs reveal about these upcoming processors suggest that the Intel 12th Gen. Alder Lake processors will be built and developed on the 10nm SuperFin process, featuring the hybrid big.LITTLE-style core arrangement. The processor with also integrate the DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 technologies.
According to current rumors, the first Alder Lake processor launch is expected by the fourth quarter of 2021. However, the consumers are yet to know whether the desktop or the mobile processor will launch first or together.
Previous speculations suggest that a likely launch of the Alder Lake processors in October could end up coinciding with the official launch of Windows 11 Operating system that everyone has been so graciously looking forward to.
However, a recently leaked Intel Commercial Client Product Roadmap reveals that the vPro variant of the Alder Lake processors will be available in the first quarter of 2022.
The leaked information was first put on the foreground by Videocardz. If the specs are anything to go by, the vPro SKUs are primarily curated to meet the needs of the business customers and not necessarily for the commercial market.
The roadmap further shows that the Alder Lake-S processors will be backed with 16-cores while the Lake-P variant will be launched with 14-cores. It was also revealed that the flagship Alder Lake-S processor is the much coveted Core i9-12900K with the 8 Golden Cove cores and 8 Gracemont cores. Amidst them, the Golden Cove cores are Hyper-threading enabled, supporting 24-threads performance.
Also, further reports suggest that the processor is backed with a maximum boost clocks of 5.3GHz for superior and efficient performance.
As for the Alder Lake-P processor, the same will reportedly feature up to 6 performance cores, 8 efficiency cores along with the next-generation Xe GPU with 96 execution units. However, with so many speculations about the timeline for the launches, it looks like there is going to be a rave for the tech industry in the later part of 2021.
Besides the timeline on the roadmap, there have been further reports about a few leaked specifications of the alleged Intel Core 12900K, 12700K, and 12600K processors online.
Intel Core i9-12900K
The Core i9-12900K is backed with 16 cores, further with the multiple threading and up to 24 threads for superior performance. This is the part of the Alder Lake-S processors that people speculated about. It is also backed with 30MB L3 cache and up to 5.3 GHz boost clock frequency.
Intel Core i7-12700K
The Core i7-12700K features slightly slower clock speeds with up to 5.0Ghz with worse multi-thread performance. However, one good thing about this processor is the superior gaming performance for the high-end performance like one expects.
Intel Core i5-12600K
The Core i5-12600K features 10-cores and 16-threads configuration and occupies a similar performance bracket the previous two mentions. This one features a clock speed of up to 4.9 GHz with 20MB L3 cache.
Aside from the basic rundown of these processors, the Alder Lake is going to be the first CPU series from Intel to be backed with PCIe 5.0 with superior and efficient storage and responsiveness concerning data transfer.
Intel has further indicated that the official launch of the Alder Lake series processors will likely happen towards the end of 2021. The release might even coincide with AMD’s further release schedule.