Intel’s answer to AMD is finally here, at least that’s what Intel claims. The US chip company today presented its 12th generation of core SoCs, which are part of the “Alder Lake” family and which the company confidently calls the “world’s best gaming processors”.
The flagship is of course the Intel Core i9-12900K, which landed in users’ hands a few days ago, which is the most important example of Intel’s adaptation of the concept of combining high-end and energy-saving cores in one CPU, which has long been known by ARM platforms.
Intel Core i9-12900K flagship with 16 cores
The chip has a total of 16 computing cores, eight of which are so-called P-Cores (performance), while the other eight are so-called E-Cores (Efficiency). The Core i9-12900K offers a total of 24 threads and achieves maximum clock rates of up to 5.2 gigahertz thanks to Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology.
Ultimately, the new SoCs should offer up to 19 percent more performance than the previous generation. In its presentation at today’s IntelOn event, the company also used comparisons with AMD CPUs, although criticism was immediately voiced that an unpatched version of Windows 11 was shown, in which the AMD chips are known to have disadvantages in terms of performance.
In addition to the top model, Intel is also bringing two more new desktop chips onto the market as part of the “Alder Lake” family. There is the Intel Core i7-12700K with 12 cores, 20 threads (eight P-Cores and four E-Cores), and the Intel Core i5-12600K with a total of ten cores and 16 threads (six P-Cores and four E-Cores ) offers. All three of the new chips are also available in KF versions without the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 750 or 770 GPU, which means that the price is slightly lower.
New chipset, new socket, new mainboards
The maximum power loss is 150 (i5), 190 (i7), and 241 (i9) watts. Among other things, the new SoCs support up to 20 PCIe lanes, 16 of which are PCI-E 5.0 and four PCIe 4.0 compatible. In addition, DDR5-RAM with up to 4800MT / s is supported in addition to DDR4-RAM with a maximum of 3200MT / s. In all cases, however, a new mainboard is required for “Alder Lake” SoCs, for which Intel is also bringing the new Z690 chipset onto the market. The LGA1700 socket is also new.
Intel is producing the chips for the first time in its third-generation 10-nanometer process marketed as “Intel 7”, which is also often referred to as enhanced superfin. It is the first time that Intel is offering desktop SoCs with structure widths below 14 nanometers. In addition, it brings powerful desktop SoCs based on x86 for the first time, in which “large” and “small” computing cores are combined.
In the medium term, Intel is also planning mobile versions of the “Alder Lake” family, among other things. Versions with up to six P and eight E cores for mobile workstations and larger notebooks are planned, while models with two P and eight E cores will end up in ultraportable notebooks and 2-in-1 designs such as the Microsoft Surface. First of all, the new desktop CPUs of the “Alder Lake” family are coming onto the market, which is to be pre-ordered from today and will be officially delivered from November 4th.
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