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Alder Lake: only the “K” this year

Alder Lake: only the “K” this year

According to Igor Wallossek, Intel will launch its Alder Lake CPU in the fourth quarter. However, this launch should be limited to the “Enthusiasts” range, i.e. the K and KF versions and the Z690 chipset.

Alder Lake-S CPU The other more accessible versions could be launched at the very beginning of 2022 during the CES in Las Vegas with the “mainstream” H670, B660 and B610 chipsets.

Only the top of the range Alder Lake-S in October

For several weeks now, rumors have been multiplying about a postponement of the launch of the Alder Lake range, even though our sources at certain motherboard manufacturers continue to confirm an arrival for the fourth quarter. As a reminder, this launch is crucial for Intel and could allow it to regain the lead in the performance field. AMD communicated earlier its “optimism” to deliver its new products in 2022 (Zen 4 & RNDA 3) but here again, several sources tell us that the reds are not safe from a delay and could, at best, only deploy their new products at the very end of next year. Intel’s 12th Generation Core is set to introduce a new LGA1700 socket and, consequently, new motherboards. The stakes are high for this platform, which is also likely to receive Raptor Lake-S, which is the successor to Alder Lake scheduled for next year, and possibly Meteor Lake, for which the information is nebulous to say the least.

Tensions with partners about motherboards

From the beginning, Intel has been pushing for its partners to get involved in the adoption of the ATX12V0 standard. If this new standard has many assets, it has however been the object of a certain slaughter from motherboard and power supply manufacturers. The latter fearing an increase in costs and especially an additional fragmentation of the range. On this subject, Intel seems to have put some water in its wine and the ATX12V0 does not seem to be a problem anymore.

Alder Lake et carte mère

PCIe 5.0: it’s a bit of a mess… On the other hand, large-scale support for PCIe Gen5 seems to have caused problems for them as well. According to Igor, this support is highly dependent on the existence of a suitable third-party PCIe Gen5 ecosystem. And that’s probably where things are lagging right now.

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