Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake series now expected to launch in November

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, May 11, 2021 4:25 PM

Intel’s upcoming 12th generation series of processors is known as Alder Lake, and since the disappointing performance of their 11th gen Rocket Lake CPUs, gamers are eagerly awaiting an official announcement and launch. According to the latest information, we could see a launch as early as November this year.

And by early we mean if Alder Lake does launch in November, then that would be just 8 months after the launch of Rocket Lake, which as some have pointed out may well be the fastest architectural upgrade in Intel’s history. Previous rumors even pointed towards an earlier September launch date.

Here's a quick peak at Intel's desktop CPU roadmap:

  Rocket Lake Alder Lake Raptor Lake Meteor Lake Lunar Lake
Release date March 30th 2021 November 2021? 2022 2023 2024
Node size 14nm 10nm 7nm -
Architecture Cypress Cove Golden Cove + Gracemont Redwood Cove + Gracemont -
Max Core count 8 16 (8+8) - -
Socket LGA1200 LGA1700 -
Memory DDR4 DDR4/DDR5 DDR5 -
PCIe Gen 4.0 5.0
Chipset 500 (e.g. Z590) 600 (e.g. Z690) - - -

Intel themselves have confirmed that Alder Lake will be launching by the end of this year, so a November release is certainly likely. However, the most exciting part is Intel’s ability to reclaim their lead in the CPU market with new features and upgrades which should help them bounce back after AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series won over many gamers last year.

The first of which is that Alder Lake will be the first 10nm desktop CPU from Intel, which has been long anticipated after numerous delays. There will also be official PCIe Gen 5.0 support along with DDR5 memory support. Since AMD has yet to say whether they will be supporting these features soon, we can expect Intel to be the first ones this time round.

Unfortunately, we still haven’t heard of any proper benchmarks or performance numbers for Alder Lake just yet, but Intel is apparently expecting at least a 20% performance uplift over Rocket Lake for single-threaded apps, and up to double the performance for multi-threaded applications.

What do you think? Are you excited for Alder Lake? Will you be looking to upgrade your CPU by the end of the year? Will you jump straight into Alder Lake’s hybrid tech? Or give it a year for the next generation to see how it goes for everyone else? Let us know!

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11:38 May-12-2021

Very good link about CPU's: YouTube

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02:26 May-12-2021

I am hyped only for DDR5 and the Intel upcoming gpus.

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19:28 May-11-2021

I'm actually more interested to see how AMD will respond to this if it's decent.

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21:17 May-11-2021

by making an actual 16 core cpu?

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02:12 May-12-2021

They don't have them already? Did I miss something about the 3950X or 5950X?

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05:40 May-12-2021

exacly so how are 8 cores + 8 slow cores going to compete...

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18:51 May-11-2021

Someone actually explain why we need atom cores on desktop? Sounds like intels experiment on the desktop for future laptops to combat apples m1. The windows scheduler is going to have a field day...anyone expect this to work perfectly.

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18:13 May-11-2021

Pcie 5.0?? We cant even use the entire bandwidth of 4.0, and it hasnt even stablished itself, and we are already jumping to 5.0

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18:20 May-11-2021

I mean whats the harm? They are backwards compatible, yeah pcie 4.0 came and seemingly went fast but why not :D

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16:31 May-11-2021

I'll wait for the lunar lake.

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