@momomo_us (via VideoCardz) has shared evidence that Intel’s 12th Gen Core processors (i.e., Alder Lake-S) will require a brand-new socket called LGA 1700. This is a bit of a “sky is blue, water is wet” moment, as blue team loves socket changes (profit!), but the discovery does lend credence to major alleged improvements such as PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support.
What we know about Alder Lake so far is that it’ll succeed Rocket Lake-S (Intel’s next round of desktop chips) and potentially feature a configuration that mixes big and small cores, just like ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. These processors would essentially fold Intel’s Golden Cove (Core) and Gracemont (Atom) technologies into one CPU.