We have to keep in mind that this information from Alder Lake, as you can imagine, is unofficial and not from Intel, but for now we are dealing with leaks and rumors. These place the 12th generation of Intel Core processors, named Alder Lake, presented in September and launched two months later, around December, with the aim of competing with the new Zen 4 processors that AMD is preparing.
An important fact must be taken into account and that is that Alder Lake will force a socket change, because although Rocket Lake will use the same LGA1200 socket that is used in the 10th generation of Intel processors, Alder Lake will use the LGA 1700 socket. , forcing a total change of platform.
Two generations of processors in one year? Intel Alder Lake would arrive in 2021
Alder Lake-S processors will be the first from Intel to integrate its new 10nm SuperFin manufacturing process. These chips are expected to be hybrids in the sense that they will combine larger “Golden Cove” cores and smaller “Gracemont” cores to deliver significantly better power efficiency in the true big.LITTLE style of ARM.
As we mentioned before, this will increase the number of pins in the processor from 1200 to 1700 (so your socket will be LGA1700), but in return, it will offer versatile SoC connectivity that is much wider than current processors. With this generation, Intel will also announce new standards such as support for DDR5 RAM and possibly even ATX12VO integration.
This launch could mean that Intel is finally stepping on the accelerator seeing that AMD is not slowing down, and it would mean that for the first time, they would launch two very different generations of processors in the same year, because as you would assume Alder Lake is not a “refresh” of Rocket Lake but a completely different architecture.
AMD’s answer would have to be the Zen 4 architecture, a new silicon built under the new 5nm manufacturing process and the new AM5 socket that introduces support for DDR5 RAM, and which, like Alder Lake, would force a total platform change because it uses a different socket. Of course, launching Alder Lake so soon could mean Rocket Lake’s “untimely death”, because knowing that only 9 months later the 12th gen will arrive, it is highly likely that few users want to upgrade to the 11th.
Filtered the first processor: 16 cores at 4.8 GHz
As usual, when a new generation of processors are being manufactured, leaks are already starting, and this is to be expected as many of these processors are already in the “engineering sample” phase, hanging around different manufacturers. so that they can work with them and build the platform based on them.
In this case, the SiSoftware database already contains details of an Intel Alder Lake processor, which displays no less than 16 cores at a speed of 4 GHz.
This processor has 16 cores and operates at a maximum speed of 4.8 GHz, but it must be remembered that it does not have to be the top of the generation range, nor its number of cores or its final speed because it This is a fairly early engineering sample that has no name. We’ll see what Intel has to offer in this next generation, since they haven’t put the cards on the table yet.