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Are you ready for Intel’s 12th Gen Alder-Lake S

It was rumoured that we would see 12th gen in September of this year but it now seems we will only see the Alder-Lake S chips in November according to Wccftech. This would be the fastest architect upgrade in desktop history, with only 8 months between Rocket-Lake S and the new Alder-Lake S.

Alder-Lake S will be Intel’s first chips on the 10nm scale for desktops, it is also rumoured to feature DDR5 on the high end boards and PCIe 5. Intel expects a 20% performance increase for single-threaded applications and up to the twice as good multi-threaded performance.

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This means that Intel might beat AMD to both these major performance upgrades on their new platform, LGA1700. The series will utilize Intel’s Hybrid Technology which makes use of a combination of high-efficiency and high-performance cores.

Intel Mainstream Desktop CPU Series
VideoCardz.comRocket Lake-SAlder Lake-SRaptor Lake-SMeteor Lake-SLunar Lake-S
Launch DateMarch 30, 2021November 2021?20222023 (?)2024 (?)
Fabrication Node14nm10nm Enhanced SuperFin10nm Enhanced SuperFin (?)7nm Enhanced SuperFin (?)TBC
Core µArchCypress CoveGolden Cove + GracemontGolden Cove + Gracemont (?)Redwood Cove + Gracemont (?)TBC
Graphics µArchGen12.1Gen12.2Gen12.2Gen 12.7Gen 13
Max Core Countup to 8 coresup to 16 (8+8)up to 16 (8+8)TBCTBC
SocketLGA1200LGA1700LGA1700LGA1700TBC
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4/DDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5
PCIe GenPCIe 4.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0
Intel Core Series11th Gen Core-S12th Gen Core-S13th Gen Core-S14th Gen Core-S14th Gen Core-S
Motherboard ChipsetsIntel 500 (Z590)Intel 600 (eg. Z690)TBCTBCTBC

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