Intel has finally unveiled its latest line of 12th generation Alder Lake chips, starting with six unlocked desktop processors. Among them is the flagship Core i9-12900K chip, which is touted to be the “world’s best gaming processor.”
The Alder Lake chips are the first to feature Intel’s new hybrid architecture, which combines high performance “P-cores” with more efficient “E-cores.” In the case of the Core i9-12900K, it comes with 16 cores (eight P-cores and another eight E-cores) with 24 threads. It also has peak clock speeds of up to 5.2GHz.
|Chips||Cores (P+E,T)||P-Core Base||P-Core Turbo||E-Core Base||E-Core Turbo||Integrated Graphics|
|i9-12900K||8+8/24||3.2GHz||5.1GHz||2.4GHz||3.9GHz||Intel UHD Graphics 770|
|i7-12700K||8+4/20||3.6GHz||4.9GHz||2.7GHz||3.8GHz||Intel UHD Graphics 770|
|i5-12600K||6+4/16||3.7GHz||4.9GHz||2.8GHz||3.6GHz||Intel UHD Graphics 770|
If you’re thinking of getting these new 12th gen Intel chips, do note that you will need a new motherboard; more specifically, those with Intel’s just-announced Z690 chipset. It adds on a number of modern features such as WiFi 6E support and faster USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 data transfer.
These six new 12th generation Intel Alder Lake chips for desktop will be available for purchase from 4 November onwards. Consumers can also expect the mobile version of Alder Lake processors in early 2022 next year.