intelligence thrown out its first six Alder Lake-S processors on Wednesday night. The SKUs that make up the starting roaster for 12th Gen Intel Core processors can be found detailed below in a table. Briefly, they are Intel Core i9-12900K/KF, Intel Core i7-12700K/KF, and Intel Core i5-12600K/KF. From the suffixes, seasoned Bit-Tech-ies will know these are all enthusiast multiplier unlocked CPUs, with the ‘KF’ chips sold with iGPUs having been left uncommunicated.
The highlights of the first ‘Intel 7’ process product release were basically the things we were looking forward to after Intel Architecture Day in August: specific release SKU information, some benchmarks, and some input from Intel’s partners regarding the first 600 series. DDR5 RAM motherboards and kits. We have all of that now, but Intel won’t allow third-party reviews to post until the CPUs and PCs are available to the public, starting November 4.
Above you can see all the new SKUs. You can see the combination of P and E cores, base and turbo frequencies, as well as caches, etc. Important additions to this table include Base Processor Power and Max Turbo Power. You can ignore the smaller wattage figure, as all enthusiast motherboards will run the new CPUs at the higher power limit shown to get the most out of their potential.
Considering the higher-end Intel Core i9-12900K to harness the potential of these 12th-generation Core processor offerings, Intel calls this chip the “best gaming processor in the world.” It features 16 cores and 24 threads and runs at up to 5.2GHz, but on its high-end cooling rig it will taunt over 240W when under heavy loads.
At last night’s event, Intel showed some of its own test results, demonstrated “leadership play.” You can see the graph he shared directly above, which suggests that the Intel i9-12900K is about 12 percent faster than the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in modern PC gaming. Unfortunately, it appears that Intel’s Windows 11 systems have not been updated with AMD/Microsoft patches for AMD’s L3 caching and “preferred core technology” to work as they should. Keep in mind that these issues could slow down games on AMD platforms by up to 15 percent.
Intel better claimed advancements in content creation compared to its own previous generation flagship CPUs. In these processor-intensive cases, 12th-gen CPUs were at least a third faster than their 11th-gen ancestors. Of course, the increased number of cores and creative multi-core-loving applications will have been instrumental in these improvements.
For your interest, I have embedded a comparison of Intel i9-12900K below, as shared by der8auer. You can also check out some fancy wafers and the shots courtesy of HardwareLuxx editor Andreas Schilling. On twitter.
Word on the street is that the flagship Core i9-12900K will be priced at $590, the Core i7-12700K will be $410, and the Core i5-12600K will be $290.
Intel introduced the new 600 series chipsets along with the new processors. For enthusiast-level desktop processors, it has enabled partners like Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI to release motherboards based on the Z690 chipset. New motherboards bring modern, advanced I/O technologies like PCIe 5.0, DDR5 (usually), fast onboard wired and wireless networking, and more as standard.
Lots of new motherboards have been revealed, for example, only Asus has nineteen Z690 models that covers all types of capacities and sizes (E-ATX, ATX, mATX and mini-ITX) prepared. the likes of aorusand G-skill they also boast about their new DDR5 memory modules.