Intel Alder Lake will be able to simultaneously work with PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 5.0. DDR5 support will only be available on motherboards with Intel Z690

Intel Alder Lake will be able to simultaneously work with PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 5.0. DDR5 support will only be available on motherboards with Intel Z690


At the disposal of the resource VideoCardz It turned out information regarding the upcoming Intel desktop and mobile processors codenamed Alder Lake-S, as well as the new series of Intel 600-series chipsets. According to the leak, 12th Gen Core processors will be able to offer a 20% increase in single-core performance thanks to the new Golden Cove performance core architecture.

The Alder Lake chips will be built on the 10nm Enhanced Superfin process using a hybrid architecture of small energy efficient and large high performance cores. In multi-threaded workloads, Alder Lake processors will be twice as fast as their predecessors due to a set of efficient Gracemont cores, a built-in hardware scheduler and a parking algorithm. The leak contains a block diagram that confirms that the 12th Gen Intel Core flagship will offer 8 large Golden Cove cores and 8 small Gracemont cores.

The new processors will be able to simultaneously support two PCI Express versions 5.0 and 4.0. In the first case, sixteen PCI Gen5 lanes will be offered, in the second – four PCI Gen4 lanes. Additionally, the chipset will provide support for PCI Express 4.0 and PCI Express 3.0. Note that the new PCI Express versions are backward compatible with the older ones, so it will still be possible to connect any video cards, expansion cards and SSDs to the processor. In addition, an updated DMI (Direct Media Interface) standard 4.0 serial bus is available.

Alder Lake will be able to work simultaneously with two RAM standards – DDR5-4800 and DDR4-3200. For mobile processors, support for two memory standards is also announced – LPDDR4 and LPDDR5. According to sources VideoCardz, only older motherboards based on the Intel Z690 chipset will be able to work with the new DDR5 memory. More affordable board models will only work with DDR4. This approach will allow Intel and motherboard manufacturers to hedge against the lack of memory of the new standard at the start of its mass production.

Motherboards for Alder Lake processors will receive a new LGA 1700 processor socket. Compared to previous generations, the size and shape of new Intel processors will change, so they will have to develop new cooling systems.

Intel previously confirmed that the launch of the new series of Alder Lake processors is scheduled for later this year. True, the company did not indicate what kind of models we are talking about – mobile or desktop.

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