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Most laptops with Intel Alder Lake processors will have a CPU with only two large cores. The company revealed new details

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We already know a lot about Intel Alder Lake processors, but most of the information is unofficial. Today Intel decided to add fuel to the fire and shared some materials. At the same time, the announcement, we recall, is scheduled for October 27.

Now, for example, we can be 100% sure that conventional energy-efficient mobile CPUs Alder Lake-U will have only two large cores and up to eight small ones, and high-performance mobile Alder Lake-H will get up to six large and eight small cores. In both cases, graphics cores will have up to 96 execution units. Considering that the lion’s share of mobile processors falls on regular energy-efficient models (Alder Lake-U and the like), it turns out that most new laptops with such CPUs will have only two large cores.

Alder Lake-S desktop CPUs will be available up to a maximum configuration of eight large and eight small cores, and some will only have large cores. For desktop CPUs, the graphics core will have only 32 execution units.

Most laptops with Intel Alder Lake processors will have a CPU with only two large cores.  The company revealed new details

Intel also confirms support for AVX-512 instructions, but only when small processor cores are disabled.

Intel also revealed details about software optimization for upcoming heterogeneous CPUs. The company talks about three scenarios: no optimization, good scenario, or best scenario. Even if there is no special optimization for Alder Lake in a particular application, processors will still be able to distribute workloads thanks to ThreadDirector. But some of them can be allocated to the wrong core types if the scheduling algorithm does not recognize the job.

In a good scenario, Intel assumes that the application will be aware of the hybrid architecture. Primary tasks should target performance cores, while lower priority secondary and background threads should target small cores.

The best scenario goes into detail about what workloads should be targeted specifically for efficient kernels: compiling shaders, mixing audio, streaming resources, decompression, any other non-critical work.

In addition, Intel for the first time spoke clearly about gaming loads. In particular, Alder Lake will be able to use more than six to eight cores in games, that is, they will also be able to connect energy efficient ones. But it is unclear if this will always be implemented.

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The cooling system for Palit GeForce RTX 2060 Dual series graphics cards with 12 GB of memory includes two 90 mm fans

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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 for Palit GeForce RTX 2060 Dual series graphics cards with 12 GB of memory includes two 90 mm fans

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.

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Zotac introduced the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 12 GB of memory

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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.

Zotac introduced the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 12 GB of memory

Zotac introduced the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 12 GB of memory

Zotac introduced the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 12 GB of memory

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.

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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

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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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