Intel has announced a new generation of processors. They have reached the 12th generation bearing the Alder Lake code and there are several elements that stand out from what we had so far from the American company.
We extracted some information from the source:
- developed on 10nm;
- each processor has high-performance cores (P-Cores) and energy-efficient cores (E-cores). We are used to solutions like in the area of smartphones, but I understand that this is the first time we have a hybrid architecture on the x86 platform;
- support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 (16 bands for PCIe 5.0 and 4 bands for PCIe 4.0 for storage);
- the 6 new processors are: Intel Core i5-12600KF, Intel Core i5-12600K, Intel Core i7-12700KF, Intel Core i7-12800K, Intel Core i9-12900KF and Intel Core i9-12900K;
- prices start at $ 264 for Intel Core i5-12600KF and reach $ 589 for Intel Core i9-12900K;
- Intel Core i9-12900K / KF* it has 16 cores (8 high-performance cores that go up to 3.2 GHz / 5.1 GHz ** and 8 energy-efficient cores go to 2.4 GHz / 3.9 GHz **). The basic power is 125W ***, and in Turbo it goes to 241W;
- Intel Core i7-12700K / KF has 12 cores (8 high-performance cores reaching 3.6 / 4.9 GHz ** and 4 energy-efficient cores reaching 2.7 / 3.8 GHz **) – 25W in base and with Turbo goes to 190W;
- Intel Core i5-12600K / KF has 10 cores (6 cores performing at 3.6 / 4.9 GHz ** and 4 energy efficient cores reaching 2.8 / 3.6 GHz8 **) – 125W at the base and with Turbo it stops at 150W;
- the new processors have the capacity to take 2 x PCIe 4.0 to the maximum and reach speeds of 15.76 GB / s, double compared to the previous generation;
* The difference between KF and K is given by the integrated graphics – KF models do not have such a thing, and those with K have Intel UHD Graphics 770 integrated;
** Frequency reached with Turbo Boost;
*** TDP has been replaced with Base W and Turbo W;
We will find them on the shelves of stores in the near future, and we do not know the prices in Romania, but they will certainly not be identical to those practiced in the USA. Other desktop PC processors in the Alder Lake series, as well as iterations for laptops, are to be launched in 2022.
They will compete with the Apple M2 and the new AMD Ryzen processors developed on the Zen 4 architecture.