Intel has finally officially unveiled the Core 12 processors (aka Alder Lake). As expected, initially only the top models of three lines – Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 – were offered to users. These are, respectively, Core i9-12900K and Core i9-12900KF, Core i7-12700K and Core i7-12700KF and Core i5-12600K and Core i5-12600KF. Their characteristics are presented in the table below.
Intel Core 12 differs from all its predecessors with a completely new microarchitecture, in which there is a division into large and small cores – like mobile platforms for smartphones and tablets. High-performance cores are called P-Cores (from Performance) and are based on the Golden Cove architecture, energy efficient cores are E-Core (from Efficiency), they are based on the Gracemont architecture. Accordingly, the flagship Core i9-12900K has eight productive and energy-efficient cores, the Core i7-12700K has eight productive and four energy-efficient ones, the Core i5-12600K has six productive and four energy-efficient ones.
The L2 cache has been increased in all models in the series – it is 1.25 MB for high-performance cores and 2 MB for energy-efficient ones. The L3 cache is available for all cores and ranges from 30MB in the Core i9-12900K to 20MB in the Core i5-12600K.
Intel announces a 19% increase in IPC over 11th Gen (Rocket Lake-S) processors. The performance gain in games is about the same (20%). In some, it is even twice as high – plus 40% in League of Legends when using DirectX 11).
And here is a comparison of the Core i9-12900K and Ryzen 9 5950X in games. In some applications (Troy: Total War), the Intel flagship outperforms the AMD flagship by 30%, but on average, of course, the advantage of the “blue” CPU is less – about 15%. And in some games, the Ryzen 9 5950X still leads.
Here are a few more slides comparing the performance of the Core i9-12900K and Core i9-11900K in different applications.
Together with the processors, a new platform debuted – so far with the top-end Intel Z690 chipset, but at the beginning of next year, simpler chipsets will catch up. As you can see, the platform provides 16 PCIe 5.0 lines via the processor controller and 12 PCIe 4.0 lines via the chipset controller. Also, the bandwidth of the DMI bus, which connects the CPU and the chipset, has been increased. Alder Lake supports both 4800 MT / s DDR RAM and 3200 MT / s DDR4 RAM.
Physically, Alder Lake differs from its predecessors not only in its larger size and the new LGA1700 socket, but also in its increased heat dissipator.
Along with the new processors, Intel introduced a new version of the proprietary Extreme Tuning Utility – with support for telemetry of both high-performance and energy-efficient cores, DDR5 memory and so on.
Alder Lake will go on sale on November 5th. The minimum recommended prices (when purchasing wholesale lots) are as follows: Core i9-12900K – $ 590, Core i9-12900KF – $ 565, Core i7-12700K – $ 410, Core i7-12700KF – $ 385, Core i5-12600K – $ 290, Core i5-12600KF – $ 265.
The cooling system for Palit GeForce RTX 2060 Dual series graphics cards with 12 GB of memory includes two 90 mm fans
Palit Microsystems, which calls itself the largest partner of Nvidia in the production of video cards, introduced the GeForce RTX 2060 Dual and GeForce RTX 2060 Dual OC models with 12 GB of memory. As you know, these are improved versions of the well-known model built on the Nvidia Turing architecture. They differ from the original version in the increased number of CUDA cores and doubled the amount of memory. The cards support Nvidia DLSS, Nvidia Reflex, real-time ray tracing and many other modern technologies. Contrary to the letters of the OS in the name, usually indicating factory overclocking, in both cases the base frequency is 1470 MHz, the increased one is 1650 MHz. GDDR6 memory communicates with the GPU over a 192-bit bus, transferring data on each line at 14 Gbps.
The cooling system design for the new graphics cards includes two 90mm fans. The mounting plate has a Dual-Link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b and DP1.4a video outputs connector. The card measures 235 x 115 x 40 mm and occupies two slots in the PC case. It consumes 184 watts. It has one 8-pin PCIe auxiliary power connector.
Zotac introduced the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 12 GB of memory
Like Nvidia’s other graphics card partners, Zotac has unveiled the GeForce RTX 2060 with 12GB of memory. According to the source, Nvidia has “called from the stock” the GeForce RTX 2060 model, increasing the number of CUDA cores and doubling the memory from the previous 6 to 12 GB to meet AMD’s recently unveiled Radeon RX 6600.
The Turing graphics architecture at the heart of the GeForce RTX 2060 is still modern as it offers full DirectX 12 Ultimate support. The GPU configuration includes 2,176 CUDA cores, 34 RT cores, and 272 Tensor cores. The GDDR6 memory is connected to a 192-bit bus.
As for the Zotac board, this is a fairly simple and compact model with a cooling system that includes an aluminum heatsink and a couple of fans. The card is powered by a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. No pricing information yet.
There is confusion in the ranks of the new Intel CPUs: the processor with fewer cores is older than the model with more cores. It’s all about the cores themselves
The heterogeneous structure of Intel processors, when there are fast large and small energy efficient cores, in theory can lead to situations where a processor with fewer cores will be better than a model with a larger one. Judging by the latest data, this situation will take place in Intel’s lineup.
The specifications of the mobile CPU Core i5-12650H show that it has fewer cores than the younger Core i5-12500H. But at the same time, the Core i5-12650H received its number for a reason.
Yes, it has 10 cores versus 12 cores for the younger model. But the ratio is important. While the Core i5-12500H has 4 large cores and 8 small cores, the Core i5-12650H has 6 large and 4 small cores. And for most, if not all, this configuration will be faster.
Judging by what we now know about future Alder Lake, there will be no such confusion in the desktop segment, but still we need to wait for the official announcement of all these processors, which will take place early next year.
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