Intel has already confirmed several times that it is going to release Alder Lake-S desktop processors in the second half of next year. The launch of these chips will be significant for Intel. The company will finally abandon the use of 14nm manufacturing technology and switch to a new 10nm process technology called SuperFin. Future processors are credited with supporting the DDR5 RAM standard, as well as possible support for the new PCI Express 5.0 interface.
Interestingly, Alder Lake-S processors will bring a new hybrid architecture to the desktop market that uses high-performance (large) and energy-efficient (small) cores. For this reason, Alder Lake-S chips will be found in seemingly odd configurations, like the 16-core and 24-thread engineering sample found in the Geekbench synthetic benchmark database. This is explained by the fact that small cores do not support HyperThreading technology, that is, they do not have virtual computational threads.
The base frequency of the above processor is only 1.38 GHz. It is still impossible to confirm this, but presumably in this case we are talking about the frequency of energy-efficient cores, because the frequency of 1.76 GHz is called the maximum value. The engineering sample of the chip is so early that Geekbench simply cannot read it correctly, indicating a maximum frequency of 17.6 GHz. It probably uses 8 large and 8 small computing cores. It is stated that the total amount of L3 cache is 30 MB, and each core has 1.25 MB of L2 cache.
Since the test involved an engineering sample, we shouldn’t be surprised at its performance, which turned out to be about 80% lower than the Intel Core i7-11700K result, which was recently reported. Recall that the latter belongs to the 11th generation of Rocket Lake-S desktop processors, the announcement of which may take place in January next year.
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