Intel announces the 12th generation of Intel Core processors, codenamed Alder Lake

The long-awaited Intel Core 12th Gen processors with Alder Lake architecture promise comparable performance to the current top of the range AMD, Ryzen 9 5950X, at a much lower price.

In short, the top of the range Core i9-12900K promises performance 50% higher than the former flagship Intel, Core i9 11900k, at a suggested retail price of only $ 589. For reference, the direct rival, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X comes priced at $ 550 and is considerably weaker.

In total, Intel launches six new processor models: Core i9-12900K, Core i7-12700K and Core i5-12600K, the last three variants will have the suffix KF, ‚Äč‚Äčindicating the absence of an integrated GPU.

Intel Core 12th Gen

Beyond the many architectural changes, the main distinguishing feature that separates the new Intel offering from previous generations of processors (including those offered by rival AMD) is the abandonment of the configuration with identical performance cores, in favor of a big.SMALL type similar to chipsets for mobile devices . Thus, in the case of Core i9-12900K, the processor is actually divided between 8 cores with high performance and 8 cores optimized for efficiency, the operating system remaining to switch dynamically between the two, depending on the specifics of the running application.

In absolute terms, Intel promises a 19% jump in performance relative to operating frequency (IPC), compared to the Rocket Lake generation, reaching 50% performance increase in multi-threaded tasks.

Features of the new generation of intel processors include PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support, although the choice of motherboard will allow you to keep the RAM modules you already have, with the recommendation that they meet at least the DDR4-3200 specifications.

Depending on the budget, the Core i5-12600K will be able to offer 6 high-performance cores and 4 efficient cores, for a total of 16 threads (with Hyper-Threading).

Intel Core 12th Gen

Based on a manufacturing process called Intel 7 (10nm, TSMC equivalent of 7nm), the new processors will reach up to 5.2GHz in boost mode, with a base frequency of only 3.2GHz for the flagship model, valid only for P cores -cores (2.4GHz for E-Core).

The “official” power consumption is 125W for the i9-12900K model. Unofficially, Intel will allow motherboard manufacturers to use the Boost PL1 and PL2 settings at their discretion, both set with an effective limit of 241W.

Intel Core 12th Gen processors will be available at suggested retail prices of $ 589, $ 489 and $ 289, depending on version.

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