After the tests of the graphics section of Alder Lake, we have the right to the first test of the processor itself. This leak confirms certain rumors concerning this 12th generation of Intel processors.
16 cores and 24 threads for Alder Lake?
We had first the right to test the graphic part of the processor, which will use in its desktop version, a gen 12 iGPU with 32 EU (96 EU for the mobile version). This time, it’s the turn of the processor itself to be tested.
We are thus in the presence of what would be the biggest model of Alder Lake, namely a 16 cores 24 threads ( 32 threads officially, but 24 threads recognized by the software). The CPU runs at 1.38 Ghz and has 12.5 Mb of L2 cache and 30 Mb of L3 cache. The whole is equipped with DDR4 for this test. For the scores however, it is difficult to get an idea with the results being disturbing to say the least. The first figures are indeed similar to scores obtained with I5 8400 or I5 10600K, depending on the benchmark used.
New architecture and 10 nm Superfin etching
This new generation presents many changes compared to the previous ones running on Skylake and engraved in 14nm for years. Alder Lake will use the new 10nm superfine enhanced (10nm++ ) etching and a new technology introduced with Lakefield: Big.Little. Two new architectures will therefore be used, high performance cores under the name Golden Cove and low power cores under the name Gracemont.
Thanks to this, Intel will be able to offer multiple configurations, up to 8 Golden Cove cores and 8 Gracemont cores.
This configuration will therefore offer 16 cores but only 24 threads, as the Atom does not have hyperthreading. All this will take place on a new socket, the LGA 1700 allowing the introduction of DDR5 and PCIE 5.0 and the increase of the TDP (Currently, the maximum TDP would be at 125W, but Intel would think of mounting it up to 150W).
This test, a priori carried out in DDR4, should therefore be taken with the usual tweezers. If we want to get an idea of the real potential of this generation, we’ll have to wait a little.
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