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Intel announces 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake-S” Gaming CPU series with DDR5 and PCIe Gen5 support

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The full 12th Gen Intel Core family will include 60 processors, set to power more than 500 designs from a broad set of partners. As detailed during Intel Architecture Day 2021, the new performance hybrid architecture, the first built on Intel 7 process, delivers scalable performance from 9 to 125 watts to enable every PC segment from ultra-thin-and-light laptops to enthusiast desktops and out to the edge.



  • The World’s Best Gaming Processor: Available with up to 16 cores and 24 threads, the new 12th Gen Intel Core processor family includes the world’s best gaming processor, the Core i9-12900K, unleashing gaming experiences across top titles. The Core i9-12900K provides amazing gen-over-gen performance increases, including up to 25% more FPS on Troy: A Total War Saga, up to 28% more FPS on Hitman 3, and up to 23% more FPS on Far Cry 63. Enhanced by Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E for up to 75% less latency while gaming when multitasking4, high-frequency P-cores paired with E-cores for offloading parallel tasks enable up to 84% more frames per second for simultaneous gaming, streaming, and recording5.
  • A Leap in Content Creation Performance: Advancements in multi-threaded performance, the responsive performance of the P-cores and the ability to move data at incredible speeds with DDR5 enable leadership across all types of content creation experiences, including:
    • Up to 36% faster photo editing performance6
    • Up to 32% faster video editing performance7
    • Up to 37% faster 3D modeling performance8
    • Up to 100% faster multi-frame rendering9
  • The Best Overclocking Experience10: The new processors offer industry-leading overclocking tools for the ultimate performance customization, including the ability to overclock Efficient-cores and DDR5 memory. Enthusiasts and gamers can try these new platform overclocking features as part of the latest Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) 7.5. Starting with the Core i9-12900K, XTU will also support one-click overclocking with Intel Speed Optimizer for unlocked 12th Gen processors. Further, Intel introduced the latest Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 3.0 with support for DDR5, offering additional profiles, including new rewriteable custom profiles and flexible tuning for memory overclocking.
Enabling Desktop Platforms with Industry-Leading Features

12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors empower people with the performance and industry-leading features for exceptional experiences across gaming, content, and play for today and tomorrow.

Key platform advancements include:

  • The first processors in the industry to offer DDR5 memory for up to 4800MT/s.
  • The first processors in the industry to offer PCIe 5.0 (up to 16 lanes), which offers up to 2X I/O throughput over PCIe 4.0, with up to an additional four lanes of PCIe 4.0 support.
  • Up to 30MB Intel® Smart Cache (L3) and 14MB L2 cache for increased memory capacity with reduced latency.
  • Integrated high-speed wireless with Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E, which combines industry-leading Wi-Fi 6E connectivity with powerful gaming network technology to minimize lag, latency, and packet loss10.
  • Discrete Thunderbolt 4 universal cable connectivity for external device expansion.







AllNew Intel 600 Series Chipset

Alongside the 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, Intel is launching the new Intel 600 Series Chipset with advanced features for increased reliability and performance. New PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes make for 28 total lanes off the chipset, integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 provides up to double the bandwidth, DMI Gen 4.0 increases the chipset to CPU throughput for fast access to peripheral devices and networking.



For the first time, Intel is bringing Intel® Volume Management Device (VMD) to PC chipsets to simplify storage control by allowing direct control and management of NVMe-based SSDs from the PCIe bus without additional RAID controllers or other hardware adaptors.





Availability

Unlocked 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are available now for pre-order from participating OEMs, channel partners, and retailers. Broad availability will start Nov. 4 with more than 140 customers in more than 30 countries expected to add the new processors to their lineups by the end of the year. Pricing starts at $264 to $589 for the unlocked desktop processors.

Intel expects to ship hundreds of thousands of 12th Gen Intel Core desktop “K” processors by end of year and more than 2 million by the end of March 2022. To enable the expanded offerings for desktop, mobile and commercial segments expected in early 2022, Intel is also shipping 28 of the processor SKUs in the 12th Gen Intel Core processor family to OEM partners.
 

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Curious to see how this big little architecture will work on desktops with Windows. In all honesty, I don't see why they've gone down this path in the first place, maybe their main focus was mobile CPUs and this design tricked down to desktop CPUs as well?
 
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As tempting as this is I'm going to wait to see what AMD has to offer.

I am still rocking DDR3 to give you a hint how old my pc is.
 

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It's tempting to upgrade but the most intense thing I use my PC for is gaming and my overclocked 10700k still runs great for me. I'll be interested to see if having the e-cores makes any difference at all for gaming, how the 12900k performs vs my current chip, overclocking headroom, and thermals + power draw.

Still though, DDR5 + pci-e 5.0 + shiny new hardware is very attractive
 
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If it's not at minimum 20% + faster in gaming, in absolute worst case, then idk wtf is intel doing. Process shrink + new arch + new gen much faster memory. AMD managed to get ~30% uplift in a single year. [3800x to 5800x]
 
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I know iGPUs aren't a point with these chips but I'm surprised they aren't using Xe Iris graphics. UHD 770 is ouch.

But again, I understand the thought process, these aren't laptop chips so why afford the silicon for better iGPU when most will rock their own dGPUs anyway?
 

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I see pre-builds available for order on Dell’s site, basically a December ship time.

Dell also seems to have jacked up the price of 3000 series gpu’s quite a bit.
 

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I know iGPUs aren't a point with these chips but I'm surprised they aren't using Xe Iris graphics. UHD 770 is ouch.

But again, I understand the thought process, these aren't laptop chips so why afford the silicon for better iGPU when most will rock their own dGPUs anyway?
I hadn't noticed that - thought they'd be bringing the latest and greatest. ARK says a slight bump with 770 to max graphics frequency on it versus the 11900k with 750.
Prioritising gracemont cores over a better iGPU is probably a fair choice for them but I also see the bottom of the market clamouring for something a bit better while we're lacking discrete GPUs in this part of the market.