Intel announces 12th-Gen Core Desktop processors. Intel has made some revolutionary changes to their Desktop Processors. This time they have increased the cores and improved the performance as well as the efficiency. Here is everything.
Intel 12th Gen Processors
The six new models being announced today are the first of Intel’s new generation of processors based on the company’s Alder Lake architecture using a 10nm fabrication process. The 6 models being launched today consist of the Core i9-12900K, Core i7-12700K, and Core i5-12600K.
The core count has been increased to 16 cores for the i9, 12 cores for i7 and lastly 10 cores for i5 12th Gen, and up to 128GB memory support across all.
Alder Lake Design
The new processors use the Alder Lake design for the chips. Intel has switched to a hybrid core design. Instead of using multiple cores of essentially identical performance, the Alder Lake design uses a combination of Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores). They will now work similarly to Apple’s M series chips and the latest smartphone chips.
The Performance cores take care of the heavy work like gaming or rendering, but if you have some light work in the background like music or browser playing a video, that will be handled by the Efficient Cores so that less power can be used and the programmes do not interrupt each other. On the 16-core i9-12900K, you have 8 P-cores and 8 E-cores for a total of 24 threads. Similarly, the 10-core i5-12600K has 6 P-cores and 4 E-cores for a total of 16 threads.
We are also getting a bump up in the cache size, with the i9 models getting 30MB L3 cache, i7 getting 25MB, and the i5 getting 20MB. On the models with an integrated GPU, you are getting the Intel UHD Graphics 770.
With these new processors, Intel is also switching to a new chipset, the Z690. It will use a new LGA1700 socket, which means that these processors will no longer work with older motherboards. However, over 60 new motherboard models are expected from various vendors at launch.
The new 12th Gen chips are the first to support DDR5 memory with native support for DDR5 4800 MT/s and higher speeds unlocked via the new XMP 3.0 profiles. They are also the first to bring PCIe 5.0 support. You get 20 PCIe lanes in total from the CPU, of which 16 are PCIe 5.0 and the remaining four are PCIe 4.0. Now, Intel claims that these 12th Gen Chips are the world’s best gaming processors when compared against the Ryzen 9 5950X in 31 titles, with up to 28% increase in frame rates.
The Intel 12th Gen Core processors start at $264 (PKR 45,000) for the Core i5-12600KF and, $589 (PKR 101K) for the Core i9-12900K. They are up for pre-order now and will be on sale on November 4.
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