Intel has officially unveiled 12th Gen Alder Lake-S Core processors as well as a compatible platform with the new LGA1700 socket. Intel desktop 10nm chips now support DDR5 RAM and high-speed PCI Express 5.0 interface.
The main feature of the new products is the presence of “assorted” cores that unite groups of large high-performance and small energy-efficient cores by analogy with mobile single-chip systems for smartphones and tablets. The Intel Thread Director mechanism is responsible for load balancing, which allows the operating system to use the most efficient cores for solving a specific task.
In addition, Alder Lake desktop processors are equipped with up to 30MB of L3 cache, support for DDR4-3200 and DDR5-4800 memory standards, and offer 16 PCI Express 5.0 lanes for graphics accelerators and four PCI-E 4.0 lanes for high-speed NVMe drives. See the table below for specifications and pricing for the 12th Gen Intel Core processor lineup.
Along with Alder Lake processors, the company introduced a compatible platform with the new LGA1700 socket on Intel 600 series chipsets. But this year, only motherboards based on the flagship Z690 chipset will be available for 12th Gen Core processors. Detailed specifications of the chipset are shown on the slide below.
According to company representatives, chipsets with a simpler set of logic will be presented in the first half of 2022.
Alder Lake Processor Performance Benchmarks
Prices for new items are as follows:
- Intel Core i9-12900K – $ 589
- Intel Core i9-12900KF – $ 564
- Intel Core i7-12700K – $ 409
- Intel Core i7-12700KF – $ 384
- Intel Core i5-12600K – $ 289
- Intel Core i5-12600KF – $ 264
The 12th Gen Intel Core processors will go on sale on December 4th, along with LGA1700 motherboards with the Z690 chipset and DDR5 RAM modules.