Intel Unveils 12th Generation Alder Lake Processors, Claims Crown of PC Gaming Performance


Intel Innovation Digital, which marks a welcome return to the company’s developer-focused trade show events, kicked off this morning with a grand official unveiling of the company’s all-new hybrid processor architecture, codenamed Alder. Lake. Intel 12e The Gen Core series processors, aka Alder Lake, have already been detailed by the company in terms of the big.Little hybrid architecture of performance cores and efficiency cores, the flagship chip of which Intel is officially launching today under the name of Core i9-12900K. The new Intel Core i9-12900K is a 16-core processor made up of 8 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores with 24 threads for execution. However, in addition to its unique hybrid architecture with heavily hardened cache memory resources, the 12e The Gen platform as a whole brings a host of cutting-edge features and connectivity to desktops, along with claims of major performance improvement across a myriad of workloads and use cases.

Meet Lake Alder 12e Generation base family

The chart above is a bit of an eye chart, so I narrowed it down a bit and left the specs critical. Intel 12e The Gen Core family currently consists of six new processors, with three base configurations without integrated graphics, and three more with Intel UHD Graphics 770 on board, which Intel notes is based on its powerful Xe graphics core of its 11e Gen Tiger Lake architecture, compared to its future Arc Alchemist GPU architecture. As you can see, we have 16-core, 12-core, and 10-core versions with the Core i9, Core i7, and Core i5 benchmarks, respectively. With 8 or 6 built-in performance cores, as well as 8 or 4 other efficiency cores, Alder Lake chips will support 16 to 24 threads for multithreaded workloads. Intel claims a 19% performance increase for its performance cores alone, compared to its previous generation Rocket Lake architecture. Add to that Alder Lake’s additional E-Cores for lower priority tasks and Thread Director technology in Windows 11 for run-level instruction blending and scheduler optimization, and Intel is not only claiming the “World’s fastest game processor,” but also a productivity boost and content creation workloads as well. More on that shortly, but let’s first take a look at what will be the basis for Alder Lake with the new Intel 600 Series chipset platform.

Alder Lake and Intel Z690 Chipset Bring the Latest in PC Platform Connectivity and Bandwidth

Other key advancements for Alder Lake are in its plumbing, so to speak. Intel 12e The Gen Core series family will also bring 16 lanes of PCI Express 5.0 bandwidth out of the root CPU complex, along with support for the new DDR5-4800MHz memory for a significant increase in bandwidth and 2X throughput. I / O, according to Intel.

Along with this extra throughput, the new Intel Z690 motherboard chipset also brings up to 12 more lanes of PCIe 4 connectivity, the latest Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, Thunderbolt 4 and up to 8 lanes of DMI (Direct Media Interface) 4.0. for bandwidth amplification between the Alder Lake CPU root and the Z690 IO complex. In short, in addition to improving the overall performance of Alder Lake, the 12e The Gen Core series platform in general brings the latest and most comprehensive desktop feature set in terms of IO connectivity and bandwidth. But let’s take a look at some of the performance claims Intel is making today, ahead of independent testing and reviews that will be released in the coming weeks.

Intel Says Alder Lake Will Dominate PC Gaming, Bring Big Gains in Content Creation and Productivity

In terms of generation-by-generation performance, Intel claims big gains for games, but also over AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series.

As you can see here, compared to AMD’s 16-core / 32-thread Ryzen 9 5950X chip, Intel notes that Alder Lake can offer up to 20% better performance, depending on the game’s title, although very few outliers are tied or slightly behind. . And when it comes to content creation workloads, like Adobe Suite tasks (Lightroom, After Effects, Premier), Intel compares with its previous 11e Gen Core Series, showing massive 32-100% gains. It’s interesting that Intel stuck with a generation-over-generation comparison here versus Ryzen, although that isn’t too surprising, because too much emphasis on your competitor’s brand can work against you as well.

Finally, regarding prices and availability, Intel notes “Unlocked 12th Generation Intel Core Desktop Processors are available now for pre-order from participating OEMs, channel partners and retailers. Wide availability will begin on November 4 with more than 140 customers in more than 30 countries expected to add the new processors to their lines by the end of the year. Pricing starts between $ 264 and $ 589 for unlocked desktop processors.

Either way, what people really want to see is how Alder Lake’s performance is changing in independent review testing, so be sure to tune into places like HotHardware for coverage of. follow-up in this area in the coming days.

Intel Innovation Returns With More Important Revelations In Supercomputing And Cloud

Another place to stay tuned today is Intel’s Innovation event where the company is making a number of new disclosures including announcements in areas of super computing where its Ponte Vecchio GPU and processors Sapphire Rapids Xeon will power Argonne National Labs’ new Aurora supercomputer at a whopping 2 peak HPC throughput Exaflops. It will be interesting to watch and listen to what Intel CEO and self-proclaimed geek Pat Gelsinger has to say about the direction of the company, the winning designs for Alder Lake, the advancement of cloud data center deployments with key partners and more. It will be a good take for sure and indicative of the significant turnaround of the business. The Intel geek is indeed back, it seems, on several fronts. Alder Lake, Ponte Vecchio and Sapphire Rapids are proof of a renewed level of execution for which the company is universally recognized.