The consumer electronics show this week would never be where Intel would go into extreme detail on major new 12th generation CPUs, but nonetheless, the company hosted a press conference this morning that laid out a few new developments of 11th generation CPUs’ is it has already been shipping plus an early look at what to expect from 12th generation Alder Lake.
Using an improved version of the 10 nm SuperFin process, Alder Lake will take on Apple’s ARM instruction set M1 chip and its like with a somewhat similar architecture. This means a hybrid architecture with high-performance (Golden Lake) and high-efficiency (Gracemont) cores, which in the same spirit resembles ARM’s BIG. Small design and Lakefield. Intel says that these are desktop and portable CPUs and that they will reach consumers in the second half of 2021, but the details are otherwise quite sparse.
More than anything else, it seems that Intel is trying to get ahead of the story that the company faces some serious challenges, as Macs with M1 CPUs deliver much better price-performance ratios than what Intel currently has puts in competing devices – especially in light of Intel’s delays.
Unfortunately, that was all we learned about the 12th generation today. But as mentioned above, there were a few evolutionary steps to 11th generation CPUs. Coming towards the end of 1. quarter 2020, 14nm Rocket Lake-S with Cypress Cove cores promises some performance enhancements like a 50 percent improvement in integrated graphics performance and 19 percent faster instructions per.
The full lineup has not yet been announced, but Intel has previewed some specifications for the upcoming Core i9-11900K: eight cores up to 5.3 / 4.8 GHz, 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes and support for 3200MHz DDR4 RAM. No price information has been revealed yet, so expect to learn more in the next few months.
In addition, we learned that production has begun on Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake server processors, which offer increased core counting and improved performance, Intel says. The company also announced new business CPUs (11th generation Intel Core vPro), N-series Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs for the education market and 11th generation Intel Core H-series mobile CPUs that work with today’s just – announced the Nvidia RTX 30 series mobile GPUs in ultra-portable high-end gaming laptops this year.
All in all, the event today was more of a teaser than a full revelation across the board. But we have at least a general sense of what Intel’s focus will be on, what will definitely be a somewhat crucial year for the company and its competition.
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