Intel 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake-S” Processors to Feature Up to 20 Percent Single-Thread Performance Uplift

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Intel’s next lineup of desktop processors, the 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake-S” series, will boast a single-thread performance increase of up to 20 percent versus its predecessors. The impressive figure stems from an official slide leaked by VideoCardz, which confirmed that the chips will also feature improved SoC power and up to twice the multi-thread performance. Additionally, Intel’s 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake-S” processors include support for DDR5 memory, Intel Wi-Fi 6E, and Thunderbolt 4.

“We also have the first details on Intel 600 series chipset,” VideoCardz added. “The new desktop CPUs will support up to dual-channel DDR5-4800 memory. The DDR4-capable motherboards will support up to 3200 MHz modules. We were told that high-end Z690 motherboards are to offer DDR5 support, whereas cheaper variants would rely on DDR4. This gives Intel and motherboard makers flexibility when it comes to uncertain DDR5 mass production.”

“Another big upgrade is support for PCI Gen5. The CPU will have 16 PCI Gen5 capable lanes and also 4 lanes in PCI Gen4 standard. The chipset itself will also support Gen4 and Gen3. Finally, Direct Media Interface (DMI) has been upgraded to Gen4. The upcoming 500 series chipset for Rocket Lake already expanded the width to 8 lanes but is still based on Gen3 like 400-series chipsets for Comet Lake.”

Intel is expected to launch its mobile and/or desktop 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake” processors later this year. Built on a new and enhanced version of the 10 nm SuperFin process, the Alder Lake series is unique in that it combines high-performance cores and high-efficiency cores into a single CPU for improved power efficiency.

Tsing Mui
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