This week’s Consumer Electronics Show was never going to be the place for Intel to venture into extreme detail about major new 12th-generation CPUs, but nevertheless, the company held a press conference this morning detailing a few new evolutions of the 11th-generation CPUs. it’s already shipped, plus an early look at what to expect from the 12th-generation Alder Lake.
Using an improved version of the 10nm SuperFin process, Alder Lake will compete against Apple’s ARM instruction set-based M1 chip and its ilk with a somewhat similar architecture. That means a hybrid architecture of powerful (Golden Lake) and highly efficient (Gracemont) cores that are similar in spirit to ARM’s BIG.little design and Lakefield. Intel says these are desktop and laptop CPUs and will reach consumers in the second half of 2021, but details are otherwise quite sparse.
Above all, it seems that Intel is trying to get ahead of the story that the company is facing some serious challenges, as Macs with M1 CPUs delivered much better price-performance ratios than what Intel is currently putting in competing devices, especially despite Intel’s slowdowns. .
Unfortunately, that was all we learned about the 12th generation today. But as mentioned above, there were a few evolutionary steps for the 11th generation CPUs. By the end of Q1 2020, the 14nm Rocket Lake-S with Cypress Cove cores promises some performance improvements, such as a 50 percent improvement in integrated graphics performance and 19 percent faster instructions per cycle.
The full lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but Intel did give a preview of some specs for the upcoming Core i9-11900K: eight cores running up to 5.3/4.8 GHz, 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and support for 3200MHz DDR4 RAM. Pricing information has not yet been released, so expect to learn more in the coming months.
In addition, we learned that production has started on Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake server processors, which offer a larger number of cores and improved performance, Intel says. The company also announced new CPUs for business (11th Gen Intel Core vPro), N-Series Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs for the education market, and 11th Gen Intel Core H-Series mobile CPUs that will work alongside the current-announced CPUs. this year, Nvidia RTX 30-series mobile GPUs in ultraportable high-end gaming laptops.
All things considered, today’s event was more of a teaser than a full reveal across the board. But at least we have a general idea of what Intel’s focus will be in what will certainly be a pivotal year for the company and its competition.
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