Intel’s lineups of Core processors traditionally include “KF” and “K” models that feature non-functioning and functioning iGPUs, respectively. According to a new report from Igor Wallossek, Intel fans who are looking to upgrade to one of the company’s new 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake” chips will only be able to choose between high-end “K” or “KF” models at launch; there will not be any standard SKUs (i.e., Core i9-12900) available until next year. Wallossek’s sources didn’t seem to clarify why that is, but the first Alder Lake desktop CPUs will purportedly be available as early as October 25, 2021. Wallossek also corroborated recent reports suggesting that motherboard and PSU manufacturers are hesitant to adopt Intel’s new ATX12VO standard, which aims to reduce idle desktop power consumption.
Intel is currently rushing to get the launch of the new 12th generation Alder Lake S CPUs off the ground. Generation will be realized before the end of this year, even if this only affects a few products. According to the latest information from my own sources (based on Intel’s Launch Update), Intel is planning to launch the first part of Alder Lake S with only the enthusiast CPUs in the form of the K and KF models along with the Z690 chipset as early as between October 25 and November 19, 2021. The other CPUs of the complete portfolio and the H670, B660 as well as H610 chipsets, on the other hand, are not to be presented until CES 2022.
Source: Igor’s Lab