Announcing 12th Generation Intel ‘Alder Lake’ Desktop and Laptop Processors, Evo Platform Update at CES 2022
Intel has unveiled its entire range of 12e Gen ‘Alder Lake’ laptop processors across all segments, with top-of-the-line 45W H-series models that will be available in gaming and creative laptops in February 2022, while the P-series of 28W and the 15W U-series for light fixtures will be launched later this year. The new line brings Intel’s hybrid architecture with heterogeneous cores to laptops. The company claims that its new flagship processor, the Core i9-12900HK, is the “fastest mobile processor ever created” and “the world’s best mobile gaming platform”.
The new Core i9-12900HK processor announced at CES 2022 features six P-cores (performance) with Hyper-Threading and eight E-cores (efficiency), for a total of 20 threads. The maximum Turbo frequencies are 5 GHz and 2.5 GHz respectively for each set of cores. There is 24MB of L3 cache and although the base power rating is 45W, it can go up to 115W. The integrated Intel GPU includes 96 execution units. Intel claims up to 28% better performance in games compared to the Core i9-11980HK.
This flagship processor is joined by the Core i9-12900H, Core i7-12800H and Core i7-12700H with the same number of cores. Going down the list, the Core i7-12650H has six P cores and only four E cores. The Core i5-12600H and Core i5-12500H also feature four P cores with eight E cores, and finally the Core i5-12450H has four. of each type.
With a new level of the P-series designed for operation between 45W and 64W, Intel will target thin and light mainstream laptops. Six models ranging from the new Core i7-1280P to the Core i3-1220P will include six, four or two P cores with eight E cores and integrated graphics with 64 to 96 UEs. U Series models include Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium Gold, and Celeron chips operating between 9W and 29W or 15W and 55W. These models feature one or two P cores with four or eight E cores, and will be aimed at ultra-portable form factors, including foldable and fanless devices running Windows or Chrome OS.
The Alder Lake generation uses the “Golden Cove” architecture for P cores and “Gracemont for electronic cores”. The chips are made using the Intel 7 (10nm) process. Intel has developed a new scheduler called Thread Director that works with Windows 11 to optimize workloads for heterogeneous core types.
Platform-level support includes DDR5 RAM up to 4800 MT / s or LPDDR5 with select benchmarks, AI acceleration, AV1 multimedia decoding, Wi-Fi 6th, USB 3.2 Gen2x2 and Thunderbolt 4.
In addition, Intel also announced its 12 non-overclockablee Gen Socket Desktop Processor Line, with 22 New Models on Core i9 to Pentium and Celeron Tiers, at 65W and 35W TDP. The 65W models will come with new redesigned Intel Laminar coolers, with RGB LED lighting effects for the high-end models.
To accompany these processors, new motherboards based on the Intel H670, B660 and H610 platform controllers will be available from major manufacturers including Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock.
The Intel Evo Laptop Design Certification, which is the public name for Intel’s Project Athena initiative, has been updated to a third-generation specification. For the first time, devices with foldable screens will be included. Intel says more than 100 new designs based on 12e Gen Core processors will be deployed by laptop manufacturers. More powerful models with H series processors will also be included. The Intel Evo badge guarantees certain design and performance parameters such as display quality, battery life, weight, connectivity and charging speed. A new “Engineered for Intel Evo” program has also been launched to certify Bluetooth and Thunderbolt accessories.
The Intel vPro platform, which enables enterprises to remotely manage and secure large-scale PC deployments, gets new Enterprise and Essentials levels to cater for large and small businesses, respectively. Desktops with vPro-enabled processors will also get a set of Project Athena goals for design and performance, aimed at modernizing workspaces around security, privacy and sustainability.
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