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Intel Alder Lake and Raptor Lake: an update

Intel Alder Lake and Raptor Lake: an update

We will summarize here, in the form of a global point, the latest rumors but also the information that seems to be confirmed about the next two generations of Intel processors. Alder Lake Intel The arrival of the 12th generation processors is now close. According to Intel, these will offer a 20% improvement in single-threaded performance and a 2X increase in multi-threaded tasks. The Intel Alder Lake processors will be the first processors manufactured on the newly developed Enhanced SuperFin 10nm process, which is an optimized version of the SuperFin 10nm process used to manufacture current Tiger Lake processors. Given their design, this is a real technological breakthrough to expect, and not just because of the move away from 14nm. Intel Alder Lake Specifications

The “changes” expected with the 12th generation

  • PCIe Gen 5 and PCIe Gen 4 support
  • Intel WiFi 6E (Gig+) and Thunderbolt 4 support.
  • Wide range of RAM options ranging from DDR5/DDR4 for the desktop platform and LPDDR5 / LPDDR4 for the mobility platform.
  • The Alder Lake Desktop platform could also push to adopt the ATX12VO power supply standard although this possibility seems to be in the hands of motherboard manufacturers.

Here’s how the desktop CPU lineup could look when it launches:

  • Intel Core i9 K-Series (8 Golden + 8 Grace) = 16 cores / 24 threads
  • Intel Core i7 K-Series (8 Golden + 4 Grace) = 12 cores / 20 threads
  • Intel Core i5 K-Series (6 Golden + 4 Grace) = 10 cores / 16 threads
  • Intel Core i9 A-Series (8 Golden + 8 Grace) = 16 cores / 24 threads
  • Intel Core i7 A-Series (8 Golden + 4 Grace) = 12 cores / 20 threads
  • Intel Core i5 A-Series (6 Golden + 0 Grace) = 6 cores / 12 threads
  • Intel Core i3 A-Series (4 Golden + 0 Grace ) = 4 cores / 8 threads

Intel Raptor Lake (13th generation)

At one point considered hypothetical, Raptor Lake seems to be well on its way. This 13th generation is presented as a “refresh” of Alder Lake. However, it should be a little more than that with a real rise in power of the new architecture inaugurated by Alder Lake. The main contributions of Rocket Lake:

  • The main improvement that Raptor Lake will benefit will be at the core level with major performance improvements. We therefore expect a significant gain on the IPC, clock frequencies and performance per watt improved compared to the Golden Cove cores of Alder Lake.
  • Increase in the number of cores: Intel plans to keep the number of large cores (Raptor Cove) of its Alder Lake generation, but will focus its efforts on small cores (Gracemont). It is indicated that Raptor Lake chips could have 8 Raptor Cove cores and 16 Gracemont cores.
  • CPU cache: its evolution has been mentioned since the beginning. For the moment, there are almost no technical leaks, but the changes should allow a performance gain in games. This is a modification that will be in contact with AMD’s evolution and especially its next 3D V-Cache technology.
  • Raptor Lake would keep the same socket and would be compatible with motherboards of the previous generation.

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