Intel 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake-S Gets First Details for Both Desktop and Mobile Platform

Intel 10nm Alder Lake

The first details for the Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake-S CPUs have leaked out online. Alder Lake is the next desktop and mobile platform from Intel and will feature the 10nm Enhanced Superfin CPUs with both big and small cores.

The information was revealed by Videocardz and the slides confirm the most important aspects of the new architecture. According to the official leaked slides, Intel claims a 20% single-thread performance uplift with its new Golden Cove core design.

Intel also claims that the new Alder Lake processors will be twice as faster as the previous-gen in multi-threaded workloads. The performance gain is due to Intel’s new high-efficiency Gracemont cores and built-in hardware-guided scheduling in the silicon.

The 10nm Enhanced Superfin CPU series will feature Intel Hybrid Technology with small (high-efficiency) and big cores (high-performance). The slide actually features a block diagram with the CPU, which confirms that the full chip is to offer up to 8 Golden Cove big cores and up to 8 Gracemont small cores.

Intel Alder Lake-S Details

Image Credit: Videocardz

The official slides that were leaked also confirm support for PCI Express Gen5 and Gen4 in the 12th Gen Alder Lake platform. There is also a confirmation on DDR5 and DDR4 support on desktop and the big thing is that the platform will actually support both memory technologies at the same time. The slides also confirm LPDDR4 and LPDDR5 support for the mobile Alder Lake platform.

Information regarding the Intel 600 Series Chipset has also been revealed by Videocardz. The new desktop CPUs will support up to dual-channel DDR5-4800 memory. The DDR4-capable motherboards will support up to 3200 MHz. According to the known information, only the high-end Z690 motherboards are to offer DDR5 support for Alder Lake.

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 600 series motherboards will feature the LGA1700 socket. The shape of the CPU package has changed, which will render all existing cooling solutions for LGA115X and LGA1200 useless for the new CPU series.

Intel Alder Lake-S Details

Image Credit: Videocardz

Intel has already revealed that the Alder Lake platform will release this year, but that is not known if it will be the desktop or mobile series.

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