Intel’s next generation of Core processors are taking a big step forward for desktop computers with a new hybrid architectural design. We’ve known for a while that they will be launching later this year, but according to a report online it seems we now have an expected launch date for the new CPUs and compatible motherboards.
Intel 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs and Z690 motherboards are reportedly launching on November 19th 2021. At least according to a report online that indicates some trusted sources have given insider knowledge to some press sites. Obviously take it with a grain of salt, but so far we haven’t had any indication of a launch date just yet, so something’s better than nothing right?
A pre-launch announcement is also apparently planned for the Innovation event on October 27th and 28th, where Intel will supposedly reveal the official specs, pricing, and performance of the upcoming Alder Lake CPU lineup.
In addition, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger recently held an interview with financial analyst Pierre Ferragu. During the interview, Gelsinger detailed the company’s strategy with upcoming products. Of course, one of their most exciting announcements is the launch of the Intel Alchemist graphics cards in Q1 2022, which Gelsigner states will “really put pressure on NVIDIA for the first time”:
“We have a number of things going on over here[...] We are rolling out the heterogenous architecture that is part of Alder Lake where we have big and little cores, you know AMD only has one.”
“We'll have a higher performance and a more energy-efficient version of the core, pretty compelling, we'll lay out our major vector enhancement stuff, we have our GPU architecture where we are gonna start being in a position to really put pressure on NVIDIA for the first time forever.”
Although Nvidia and AMD’s competition between each other has been going on for years, the Green Team has so far dominated the market especially in the last year when compared to AMD’s GPU market share, who have been struggling to keep up with demand during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Gelsinger also mentioned how Alder Lake will have 3 major “Zen-like” announcements, referencing AMD’s Ryzen processors: “And we are laying out our IPU architecture when we get to our smart NICs and smart networking fabrics so three major architectural announcements this week that we think are pretty Zen-like.”
Lastly, Gelsinger also talked about the future of Intel processors, and mentioned how they have some next-gen architectures that they are looking forward to revealing in the next couple years. Though are a ways off from launching just yet, early details are pointing towards major IPC improvements already:
“And trust me, we have a few that are still cooking back in the labs that we are going to look forward to talking to people about that we think are a pretty dramatic step forward and well beyond anything that was talked about yet and some that might not be talked about for a couple of years but innovation, you know the geek is back.”
What do you think? Are you excited for Intel’s 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs? What about their Alchemist graphics cards? Do you think Intel will actually be able to put pressure on Nvidia? Let us know your thoughts!