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If we had a nickel for every time an Alder Lake processor appeared in a leaked benchmark run, we'd have a lot of nickels. We're not sure exactly how many, but probably enough to weigh our pockets down, at least. Adding to the pile is yet another set of benchmark results, this time with the unreleased Core i7-12700 appearing on Geekbench. The fresher the leak, the more interesting the data. Well, potentially—as we get closer to launch, the leaks should be more indicative of finalized hardware on updated platforms, and paint a more accurate picture of performance. We still should be cautious about reading too much into things, but current leaks are generally more interesting than ones that... Read more...
Like everyone else, we are waiting to find out if Alder Lake can live up to the hype, and be a competitive product for all of next year—will it be all that and a bag of chips, in other words. A spattering of Alder Lake benchmark leaks have been promising, but not definitive. Part of the recipe for success, of course, is the chipset, and Intel is readying new ones well. How many, exactly? A whole bunch, apparently. That's according to a peek inside the latest Intel chipset drivers, which reference almost a dozen next-generation chipsets. These run the gamut from the H610E for entry-level laptops, all the way up to the X699 for Intel's high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup. There will also be workstation,... Read more...
The HotChips 33 symposium is currently underway, and some of the hottest names in tech are giving us insight into their product roadmaps. One such company is Samsung, one of the most prolific manufacturers of high-speed memory and NAND storage products for the PC industry. The company revealed its intentions to release its bodacious 512GB DDR5 module that operates at an incredible 7.2 Gbps later this year. Samsung is touting this development as a huge step forward compared to existing high-end DDR4 memory solutions. As you can tell by the maximum capacity of 512GB, these modules target the data center market. Samsung claims that they outperform DDR4 across the board in areas like performance,... Read more...
Each passing day seems to bring with it a leak of some kind related to Alder Lake, the heterogeneous architecture that will power Intel's next round of processors. And so it goes this weekend—there are a couple of interesting benchmark entries highlighting the performance of Intel's not-yet-released Core i9-12900K processor, in an also not-yet-released Z690 motherboard. Let's talk about the CPU first. The Core i9-12900K is expected to sit atop the Alder Lake stack. As confirmed during the recent Intel Architecture Day 2021 event, Alder Lake will scale up to 16 total cores, including eight performance (Golden Cove) and eight efficient (Gracemont) cores, and 24 threads (two threads per performance... Read more...
Intel just gave us an extensive rundown of architectural details for its Alder Lake processors, including the fact that high-end SKUs will top out with 8 Golden Cove performance cores and 8 Gracemont efficiency cores. Only the performance cores have Hyper-Threading enabled, which means that a hypothetical Core i9-12900K would have a total of 16 cores and 24 threads. However, an interesting new Alder Lake-S desktop processor just appeared in UserBenchmark, and it shows 6 cores and 12 threads. That would indicate this particular SKU is lacking the Gracemont efficiency cores. According to WCCFTech, this would either be a Core i5-12400 or Core i5-12500 processor without the "K" designation. According... Read more...
Intel held its annual Architecture Day earlier this week, and it’s safe to say that members of the press and analyst communities were waiting with baited breath for the deep dive disclosures on the company’s next-gen silicon architectures and products that are typically unveiled at the event. This year, Intel gave us a densely-packed view of what it has in store for PC consumers, the enterprise and data centers. From Alder Lake to Intel Arc, Sapphire Rapids, Ponte Vecchio and more, Intel laid down the gauntlet in fair detail on a number of fronts. As usual, there was a lot to digest, so strap in and we’ll cover the key take-aways. Under The Hood Of Alder Lake – Intel’s... Read more...
TeamGroup was among the first to make its DDR5 modules available to the public, even though platforms supporting the next-generation memory standard haven't shipped yet. However, those were "standard" DDR5-4800 kits without fancy heatsinks or other design flourishes. However, TeamGroup's T-Force brand is catering to enthusiasts that want to "RGB All The Things" by announcing new Delta RGB DDR5 modules. As you can clearly see, this is an evolution of T-Force's existing Delta DDR4 family of modules and is available in either white or black. And living up to its namesake, there are RGB lighting effects along the edge of the heatsink that you can sync up with your control software. According to TeamGroup,... Read more...
It won't be long now before we can run some officially sanctioned benchmarks with finalized Alder Lake silicon, assuming no last minute delays put a cramp in Intel's plans to release its next-gen CPUs before the end of the year. Alder Lake is poised to be an interesting launch for multiple reasons, one of which is that it supports both DDR4 and DDR5 memory. While we wait to see how it all shakes out, a couple of benchmark leaks gives us an early look at how performance might compare when going from one to the other. Direct comparisons are a little tricky because both memory types will not be supported on the same motherboard. So there will be platform differences, in addition to using different... Read more...
A recent Coreboot patch for a Chromebook development device featuring Alder Lake inside (codenamed "Brya") appears to have outlined some of the power limits of Intel's next-generation mobile processors. Included in the patch notes are PL1, PL2, and PL4 wattage ratings for Intel's Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-M CPUs. Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-M comprise Intel's upcoming 12th Gen mobile CPUs that will feature the same hybrid (or heterogeneous) architecture as its next-gen desktop CPUs that are due out later this year. The same package will contain two sets of cores—high performing Golden Cove cores and more power efficient Gracemont cores. Intel will embrace its hybrid architecture on both... Read more...
Someone appears to have leaked an unreleased Gigabyte Aorus 17G laptop configuration built around Intel's upcoming mobile Alder Lake-P platform. Whether on purpose or by accident, the leak appears as a new entry at the UserBenchmark database, and seems to come from someone within Gigabyte's headquarters from Tawain. Whoops? We expect to see even more Alder Lake leaks than usual in the coming weeks as we approach an official release—Intel remains on track to launch its next-gen CPUs this year, though rumor has it the initial unveiling will focus on high-end desktop processor SKUs, followed by more mainstream offerings early next year. It's not clear when the mobile lineup will launch in... Read more...
Intel recently launched its NUC 11 Extreme "Beast Canyon" small form factor PC platform, which packs up to an 11th generation Core i9-11900KB processor and can accommodate full-size discrete GPUs like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. However, there's already talk about the next-generation NUC family, which has allegedly leaked courtesy of Weibo. According to leaked documentation, the NUC 12 Enthusiast platform will be powered by Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processors. These hybrid processors are built on the new Intel 7 process node (formerly known as 10nm Enhanced SuperFin) and will have a maximum of 16 cores and 24 threads. Where it pertains to NUC 12 Enthusiast, there will be Core i5 and... Read more...
We have seen some encouraging performance leaks related to Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S processors, and while we are hesitant to put much stock into unconfirmed figures, we are at least cautiously optimistic it will be a worthy upgrade over Rocket Lake. Alder Lake might also consume more peak power than Rocket Lake, while on the topic of leaks. As has been well documented by now, Alder Lake represents a wholesale shift to a heterogeneous (or hybrid) architecture that combines high performance (or 'big') Golden Cove cores with more power efficient (or 'small') Gracemont cores in the same package. The idea being, workloads can tap the big cores as needed, while less demanding activities can lean... Read more...
ADATA just hosted a product showcase where it unveiled its latest in "Xtreme Innovation." Among the products announced were a new SSD family – Legend – and new DDR5 memory for PCs. The Legend SSDs use a PCIe 4.0 interface, which is par for the course with today's high-speed storage solutions. It's also among the fastest available on the market – at least regarding read speeds – with sequential reads coming in at 7,400 MB/sec. Sequential writes are impressive as well, thanks to the 5,000 MB/sec rating. In case you were wondering, this performance is plenty fast for Sony's PlayStation 5, which now supports user-replaceable PCIe 4.0 SSDs. For those that want high-speed storage... Read more...
Intel has something big up its sleeve that it plans to reveal on October 27th. Our sneaking suspicion is that the company plans to launch its Alder Lake-S desktop processors and accompanying Z690 chipset for third-party motherboards. As we fast approach that date, Alder Lake-S engineering samples are coming out of the woodwork, including this latest example that came across the news desk. TUM_APISAK spotted a new engineering sample with 16 physical cores and 24 threads, which leads us to believe that it is an early example of the upcoming Core i9-12900K. In this UserBenchmark listing, the processor has a base clock of 1.8GHz and a turbo clock of around 3.05GHz. Shipping versions of the Core i9-12900K... Read more...
All the pieces to the puzzle seem to be coming together for the next significant leap in PC computing. Microsoft first announced its Windows 11 operating system last month, and Intel has been talking up its 12th generation Alder Lake processor technology for every longer. Both are rumored for a late October launch, but Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger seemingly confirmed the launch date for Alder Lake this week during the Intel Accelerated event. Gelsinger confirmed that an Intel Innovation event would take place from October 27th through October 28th. He revealed that the event would be held in-person or virtually where everyone can participate, but he went on to note with a smirk that "this event will... Read more...
Intel Accelerated took place yesterday, during which CEO Pat Gelsinger laid out a roadmap for the process technologies that will form the basis of its future processors (and those of its customers). Unfortunately, one interesting tidbit of the presentation that we didn't get a chance to bring significant attention to yesterday is Meteor Lake, a processor architecture that won't arrive for at least another two years. For some background, the current 11th generation Rocket Lake processors are built using Intel's 10nm process node. However, 12th generation Alder Lake, which will arrive around October 2021, will use the 10nm Enhanced SuperFin process node (now known as Intel 7). Its successor, 13th... Read more...
What will Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs bring to the performance spectrum? Perhaps a retaking of the crown against AMD's finest. That is getting waaaay ahead of things, but if you are pulling for Alder Lake to hoist Intel back on top, then you will be interested in the latest supposedly leaked benchmark run featuring a Core i9-12900K processor. The Core i9-12900K has been making the rounds lately, because apparently qualification samples are in the wild (and being sold for insane prices). For anyone who is unfamiliar with the terminology, QS chips are essentially later revision engineering samples sent out to OEMs and sometimes reviewers, in anticipation of a pending launch. They are typically... Read more...
Apparently there is already pent up demand for Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs that are slated to launch by the end of the year. As such, later revision engineering samples (known as qualification samples, or QS chips) are fetching big bucks—up to around $1,200 for the flagship of the bunch, the Core i9-12900K. It is interesting to see these QS chips sell for so much money. Alder Lake is a major new architecture that brings with it a new platform (600 series chipset), a new socket (LGA 1700), and support for DDR5 memory and PCI Express 5.0. That means interested buyers will need access to a new motherboard and a limited selection of DDR5 memory to actually use the QS chips. Buyers are... Read more...
Alder Lake is Intel's next significant architectural shift for its family of Core processors consumer desktop and laptop product segments. Intel's 12th generation processors will be built on an enhanced 10nm SuperFin process, feature a hybrid big.LITTLE-style core arrangement and support both DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 technologies. The first Alder Lake processors are due during Q4 2021, although it's not clear if the desktop or mobile processor will launch first (or if they will launch simultaneously). According to previous rumors, a potential October launch for Alder Lake would coincide with the release of Microsoft's next-generation Windows 11 operating system. A newly leaked Intel Commercial Client... Read more...
There have been lots of leaks pertaining to Alder Lake, the hybrid CPU architecture Intel will launch later this year. As we get closer to launch, the leaks presumably become more reliable, and so we might already know some finalized details about three upcoming SKUs, including what is poised to be the flagship CPU of the bunch, the Core i9-12900K. In case you've missed our extensive previous coverage, Intel has talked a little bit about Alder Lake, saying it will combine high performance Golden Cove cores with more power efficient Gracemont cores, in the same package. It is similar in concept to Arm's big.LITTLE philosophy that has been a huge hit in the mobile space. That's essentially Arm's... Read more...
This past March, Intel gave us some insight into its upcoming 12th generation Alder Lake and 13th generation Raptor Lake processor platforms. Technical documents on Intel's website provided an "overview of high-level compatibility guidance between Alder Lake S and Raptor Lake S" for its customers. This weekend, further documentation was discovered, which details Intel's "Alder-Raptor Lake PCH-S SATA Controller." Given the naming, there's no question that Alder Lake and Raptor Lake feature a related CPU architecture that will share supporting chipsets. The documentation was submitted to the SATA-IO, which is responsible for the SATA specification that hardware vendors adopt on motherboards and... Read more...
The first commercial DDR5 modules are now available, but there's only one problem. There are no motherboards or processor platforms to support them… yet. TeamGroup announced earlier this month that its Elite DDR5-4800 modules would be available to purchase by the end of June, and the company wasn't kidding. Both Amazon and Newegg are currently carrying the Elite DDR5-4800 kit, which includes two 16GB 288-pin ECC unbuffered DIMMs (Part Number: TED532G4800C40DC01). As previously reported, these modules operate at 1.1 volts with timings of CL40-40-40-77. As with all DDR5 modules, the voltage regulator module (VRM) is integrated along with the Power Management IC (PMIC). This kit doesn't come... Read more...
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