Will Intel return to the high-end processor market with Alder Lake-X?

Intel may return to the high-end desktop market segment with an Alder Lake-X processor. That’s what it usually says reliable Tom’s Hardware by means of an addition to the AIDA64 change log† The suffix -‘X’ has been used by Intel for many years to indicate that the processor is a high-end variant of existing desktop processors. However, the last hedt processor dates from 2019 in the form of Cascade Lake-X, with a maximum of 18 cores.

It is not clear what exactly Alder Lake-X is. There are theories that ADL-X is a consumer variant of the Sapphire Rapids microarchitecture that includes an unlocked multiplier for overclocking. Both Alder Lake and Sapphire Rapids use ‘Golden Cove’ performance cores (p-cores). Both models use variants of this, respectively for the consumer and server market. It is quite possible that both an Alder Lake-X and a Sapphire Rapids-X will be released, with the same amount of cores, but with support for eight-channel memory and AVX512 for Sapphire Rapids. Alder Lake does not support AVX512.

In any case, Alder Lake-X will have to compete with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 Threadripper Pro CPUs with up to 64 Zen 3 cores. So far, there have been many delivery issues with Threadripper processors since the last quarter of last year. As a result, it is not known whether non-pro Threadrippers will be released.

Source: Tom’s Hardware

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