Intel launches 12th-gen gaming CPUs based on Alder Lake - CNET

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First elaborate astatine its Architecture Day successful August, Intel present delivers the existent 12th-gen Core CPUs based connected its Alder Lake design, the overclockable K bid of desktop processors designed for gaming and originative work. The archetypal rollout consists of 3 CPUs -- the Core i9-12900K, i7-12700K and i5-12600K -- with the accustomed variant for each, KF versions that are identical but don't see the integrated graphics. 

Intel has been shipping the processors to strategy manufacturers, and you tin preorder boxed processors starting today. Some PC companies adjacent anticipated the motorboat with aboriginal announcements of 12th-gen gaming desktops, specified arsenic the Acer Predator Orion 7000 successful mid-October.

Intel says it expects to vessel hundreds of thousands of K-series CPUs by the extremity of 2021 and implicit 2 cardinal by the extremity of March 2022. And that's a existent estimate, contempt rampant spot shortages. Mobile Alder Lake chips volition travel successful aboriginal 2022, which apt means we'll perceive astir them successful January astir CES 2022. The Intel 7 fab process utilized successful manufacturing the CPUs is conscionable a rebranded iteration of its 10nm Enhanced Superfin, not 7nm.

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Alder Lake is the company's hybrid spot layout akin to those successful phones and Apple's M1 line, which combines a acceptable of performance-tuned P-cores (its Golden Cove microarchitecture) for high-clock-speed single- oregon lightly threaded operations with efficiency-tuned E-cores (Gracemont microarchitecture) utilized for much heavy threaded and inheritance tasks: Think of streaming gameplay, wherever your strategy is encoding and transmitting successful the inheritance portion you're playing successful the foreground. 

They're the archetypal chips disposable to enactment successful tandem with Windows 11's Thread Director for much intelligent allocation of the antithetic cores than that of Windows 10.

Intel 12th-gen Core K-series CPUs

Cores/threads Base clock Boost clock Turbo boost cores Cache Maximum turbo powerfulness (watts) Price (price without iGPU)
i9-12900K i7-12700K i5-12600K
8P/8E/24 8P/4E/20 6P/4E/16
3.2GHz/2.4GHz 3.6GHz/2.7GHz 3.7GHz/2.8GHz
5.1GHz/3.9GHz 4.9GHz/3.8GHz 4.9GHz/3.6GHz
1 @ 5.2GHz 1 @ 5.0GHz None
30MB 25MB 20MB
241 190 150
$589 ($564) $409 ($384) $289 ($264)

Leaked benchmarks for the mobile versions and Intel's claims for the caller PC chips spot the show bump astatine acold beyond the accustomed generation-over-generation level, with implicit 30% betterment connected imaging-related tasks similar rendering and editing, and astir 20% to 30% betterment connected framework rates for games that trust to immoderate grade connected CPU performance. It besides claims that the E-cores execute astir the aforesaid arsenic the 10th-gen chips, which were fundamentally composed of each P-cores.

Though Alder Lake isn't Intel's archetypal hybrid architecture, it's the archetypal to marque it up to the high-performance tier. And these are the archetypal desktop chips to incorporated Intel's integrated Xe graphics, dubbed Intel UHD Graphics 770. Intel has redesigned the CPU's overclocking operation, which was indispensable fixed the dual-core types operation, caller graphics (Intel's H bid of mobile gaming GPUs ne'er incorporated the Xe graphics) and enactment for caller DDR5-4800 representation (with XMP 3.0 and its expanded illustration support). 

Access to each the caller granular options, arsenic good arsenic one-click overclocking optimized for the dual-core types, is disposable successful the latest mentation of Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility, XTR 7.5.


12th-gen desktop boxed processors are disposable for preorder present and flip to modular ordering connected Nov. 4.


Although you tin usage the 12th-gen CPUs with older components, notably DDR4 memory, they're not backward compatible with the older sockets oregon chipsets; they request the caller 600 bid chipset and, for the astir flexible overclocking options, the Z690. 

The LGA 1700 socket replaces the LGA 1200 and is the archetypal size alteration since 2004. Other features enabled oregon supported by the caller spot and chipset see up to 16 PCIe 5.0 and 4 PCIe 4 lanes, a maximum of 128GB RAM (albeit astatine a slower velocity than 64GB oregon less), 20Gbps USB 3.2, Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5G Ethernet. 

It besides adds Intel Volume Management Device (VMD) for smarter and much seamless absorption of NVMe SSDs implicit the PCI bus, exertion that trickles down from its server architecture, which tin destruct the request for RAID arraying successful immoderate cases.

To lucifer the caller processor architecture, Intel has tweaked its spec nomenclature, notably the mode it describes powerfulness requirements. All of these CPUs volition beryllium capable to tally drafting lone 125 watts (now referred to arsenic "processor basal power"). But with each cores afloat loaded -- which Intel calls "maximum turbo power" and utilized to beryllium thermal plan powerfulness (TDP) -- they tin spike up to 241w, 190w oregon 150w for the i9, i7 and i5, respectively. 

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