Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake confirmed to launch by the end of this year

Written by Neil Soutter on Sun, Jan 24, 2021 12:00 PM

Intel recently held an earnings call in which they confirmed that their 12th generation of Intel Core processors known as Alder Lake will be officially launching by the end of 2021. Featuring the 10nm process node and hybrid big.LITTLE technology, the Alder Lake CPUs will begin production in the second half of 2021.

As we look ahead, we are excited about the capabilities we are bringing to customers with Alder Lake for mobile and desktop PCs and Sapphire Rapids for the data center,” current Intel CEO Bob Swan said. “These products take advantage of our Enhanced SuperFin process technology and numerous architectural improvements and both are broadly sampling to customers.

We will qualify Alder Lake desktop and notebook for production and begin our volume ramp in the second half of 2021 and we expect production qualification of Sapphire Rapids at the end of 2021.

Alder Lake will be the first time that Intel has brought out a 10nm chip that has more than 4 cores, it will also feature the same hybrid design that most smartphones use. The big.LITTLE design merges both large, high performing cores along with smaller, higher efficiency cores. 

Though it is a little controversial for desktop PCs (as desktops don’t necessarily need to conserve battery life like smartphones do) it is exciting nonetheless.

In the same earnings call, Intel also revealed that they are confident about their 7nm in-house production, which previously got Intel into a lot of trouble as the process was originally supposed to unveil in 2017, but is now targeting a 2023 release. In fact, Intel’s process size lineup has been so troubled, that their 11th gen Rocket lake processors due by the end of Q1 2021 are still using a 14nm process node.

The future is looking bright for Intel though, who may once again reclaim their crown as the top gaming processors on the market.

What do you think? Are you excited for Alder Lake? Will you be getting a new Rocket Lake CPU? Or just wait for the 12th gen chips? And how do you feel about that hybrid design? Let us know!

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14:44 Jan-25-2021

im listening intel

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00:25 Jan-25-2021

It is too late, b y that time AMD will come with something to compete and obliterate intel elder lake

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04:25 Jan-25-2021

Cope

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22:18 Jan-25-2021

In mid 2022 yes.

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22:21 Jan-24-2021

Alder Lake is based on Golden Cove which would be really interesting. I do believe it'll be much better than Ryzen 5000. Until AMD releases Zen 4 in 2022.

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18:49 Jan-24-2021

I think it's wrong to say that this isn't exciting.
I mean we waited so much time for intel to drop the 14 nm process, and now that they claim new architecture, new process, new improvements one cannot say "amd is ahead" or "I don't care". I sure hope they come out with competitive chips so we don't end up in a stagnant market like the one before ryzen happened

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16:02 Jan-24-2021

Atm im in no rush for the smallest nm cpu, im happy with what i have for next 2 years at least, by then i'll see whats worth upgrading to

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14:58 Jan-24-2021

5 years late, and sadly far behind the competition, pathetic,
AMD is using 7nm tech with 5000 Ryzen series, and Apple is using 5nm tech already with their released M1 Macs

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17:36 Jan-24-2021

You can't just compare that across all manufacturers. These measurements are merely naming schemes nowadays. It's absolutely possible (in theory) that Intels 10nm process is more dense and efficient than a competitors 7nm process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROS008Av4E4

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10:01 Jan-25-2021

well, in that video particularly, there's a brief slide of "10nm Intel CPUs not coming to desktop until at least 2022), amid manufacturing issues" so I don't expect any magic by end of 2021 suddenly happen :D

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13:04 Jan-25-2021

What I'm saying is that these "Measurements" are actually just naming schemes nowadays they're irrelevant and can only really be used when comparing products of the same manufacturer, not from 2 different manufacturers.
You should be looking at the actual performance and efficiency instead. IF intel's next generation is better there than AMD's offering, that would mean that intel is ahead despite AMD claiming to have the denser process.

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13:14 Jan-24-2021

I personally wouldn't say I am exactly excited, but more curious of how well whole design will work. Regardless of whether it flops or is great, it will be interesting to see. And if they get the job done, I am not against lower TDP. Despite "unlimited" power of desktop, I am not biggest fan of "hot" hardware you have to liquid cool and stuff. It looks cool, but I like things to be simple.

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13:15 Jan-24-2021

As for buying it, I currently see no reason to commit or buy one, but I will see when we get there. I am not against buying it, if it will be competitive with AMDs offering at the time. But it will go on principle of buying a product, not brand or fancy feature.

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13:00 Jan-24-2021

most likely next time i will be excited for a CPU is when they bring DDR5 to the table. Or the magical things happen and there suddenly is a 100% IPC increase for some unrealistic reason.

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12:13 Jan-24-2021

If Intel continues with their own fabs, AMD will be more competitive. If Intel go to TSMC , Intel will be more competitive. However i think we are going to see good competition no matter what. Also Intel has very big R&D and it has very good economic results. AMD is lucky that the giant is sleeping, for now. So i support AMD , we need it to keep NVIDIA and Intel in check.

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12:12 Jan-24-2021

Why people are not excited for alder lake? (according to this survey), Its going to be very interesting architecture with unique core layout. Also its going to be 16 cores 24 threads i think. Im personally much more interested in alder lake than rocket lake(11th gen)

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12:15 Jan-24-2021

I am also excited for INTEL gaming Graphics Cards.

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12:52 Jan-24-2021

yeah those will be interesting as well, but with those gpus im more concerned about their driver/software support but we will see...

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12:25 Jan-24-2021

I guess people are still glad that Ryzen is here...
If intel can offer something similar for the same price range then people will probably be excited...

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15:00 Jan-24-2021

because majority software and most people need fast per-core performance (IPC), 16 cores is upper-end mainstream by AMD, and Windows 10 can't handle more than 64 threads (=32 HT cores) anyway by design

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00:27 Jan-25-2021

But what about threadrippers with 64 cores and 128 threads? i mean sure there are very few programs that will take full advantage of all those cores

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09:56 Jan-25-2021

64bit version of windows 10 supports up to 256 cpu cores

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14:06 Jan-25-2021

But most people dont buy high end cpus, thats not the point. The point is 8c/16t for top end intel cpu is just disappointing especially when amd offers 2x of that at the same ish single core speed. Also windows 10 pro supports up to 64 cores/128threads if you have more then windows will separate them as separate cpus. Also with the whole support thing hardware always goes first and software follows if amd or intel will introduce new cpus with more cores then windowswillfollow

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14:08 Jan-25-2021

Also remember when people said dual cores are a waste? or quad cores are a waste? and so on, its not about what people need its what market has to offer by advancing the technology forward.

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