The top configuration of Intel’s next-generation Alder Lake-S Desktop CPU may have just been discovered in the Geekbench database. The entry was discovered by TUM_APISAK and is a very early technical test with relatively low clock speeds, but many cores and threads.
Intel Alder Lake-S Desktop CPU with 16 cores and 24 threads based on 10 nm Golden Cove and Gracemont cores detected
The Intel 12th generation Alder Lake-S Desktop CPU series will have a mix of both Golden Cove & Gracemont cores on the same chip. This particular configuration that has been discovered has a total of 16 cores and 24 threads. The actual partitioning of the cores consists of 8 Golden Cove cores with 16 threads and 8 Gracemont cores with 8 threads.
Other details Geekbench mentions is that the chip is part of ‘GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 151 Stepping 0’. The Intel Alder Lake-S CPU appears to have a clock speed of 1.40 GHz, but it appears that the clock speeds are incorrectly detected here with a maximum clock speed reported at 17.6 GHz. The CPU also has 30 MB L3 cache and 12.5 MB L2 cache. The chip was tested on the internal Intel Alder Lake-S ADP-S DDR4 CRB platform which was to consist of an LGA 1700 motherboard and was equipped with 16 GB of memory, but we can not confirm right now whether it was DDR4 or DDR5.
Moving on to performance, given that this is an early ES chip with very low clock speeds, the Intel Rocket Lake Desktop CPU received 996 points in the single-core and 6931 points in the multi-core bench. This is not something to be excited about, but considering the clock speeds, it was expected. When the latest chips appear near launch, we’ve got to see a huge improvement in performance, but right now all we can see is that Intel has really started preparing its 12th generation nuclear family for launch at the end of 2021.
Here’s all we know about the next generation Alder Lake CPU family
Alder Lake processors will not only be the first desktop processor family to have a 10nm process node, but will also include a new design methodology. From what we know so far, Intel plans to include a mix of CPU cores based on different IPs. Age Lake processors come with standard high-performance ‘Cove’ cores and smaller but efficient ‘Atom’ cores. This large.SMALL design method has been incorporated into smartphones for a while now, but Alder Lake will be the first time we see it in action in that high-performance segment.
We have no specifications for which generation of ‘Cove’ or ‘Atom’ architecture Intel plans to use for Alder Lake processors, but their roadmap points to the availability of Golden Cove and Gracemont by 2021. We may see these cores in actions first on the desktop CPU platform, but will also be used in a Lakefield successor. You can learn more about the different Alder Lake SKU configurations here and here.
The following are some of the updates you can expect from Intel’s 2021 architecture line:
Intel Golden Cove (Core) Architecture:
- Improve IPC (Single Threaded Performance)
- Improve artificial intelligence (AI)
- Improve network / 5G performance
- Improved security features
Intel Gracemont (Atom) Architecture:
- Improve IPC (Single Threaded Performance)
- Improve frequency (clock speeds)
- Improve vector performance
In addition to the chips, it is said that the LGA 1700 platform has the latest and brand new I / O technology, such as support for DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0 and new Thunderbolt / WiFi features. Although the chip design method is nothing new, as we have seen several SOCs with similar core hierarchy, it would definitely be interesting to see a similar outing on a high performance desktop CPU series.
Intel Desktop CPU Generations Comparison:
|Intel CPU family||Processor process||Processor cores (max.)||TDP||Platform chipset||Platform||Memory support||PCIe support||Start|
|Sandy Bridge (2nd generation)||32 nm||4/8||35-95W||6 series||LGA 1155||DDR3||PCIe Gen 2.0||2011|
|Ivy Bridge (3rd generation)||22nm||4/8||35-77W||7 series||LGA 1155||DDR3||PCIe Gen 3.0||2012|
|Haswell (4th generation)||22nm||4/8||35-84W||8 series||LGA 1150||DDR3||PCIe Gen 3.0||2013-2014|
|Broadwell (5th generation)||14nm||4/8||65-65W||9 series||LGA 1150||DDR3||PCIe Gen 3.0||2015|
|Skylake (6th generation)||14nm||4/8||35-91W||100 series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2015|
|Kaby Lake (7th generation)||14nm||4/8||35-91W||200 series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2017|
|Coffee Lake (8th generation)||14nm||6/12||35-95W||300 series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2017|
|Coffee Lake (9th generation)||14nm||8/16||35-95W||300 series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2018|
|Comet Lake (10th generation)||14nm||10/20||35-125W||400 series||LGA 1200||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2020|
|Rocket Lake (11th generation)||14nm||8/16||TBA||500 series||LGA 1200||DDR4||PCIe Gen 4.0||2021|
|Age Lake (12th generation)||10nm?||16/24?||TBA||600 series?||LGA 1700||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2021|
|Meteor Lake (13th generation)||7nm?||TBA||TBA||700 series?||LGA 1700||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2022?|
|Lunar Lake (14th generation)||TBA||TBA||TBA||800 series?||TBA||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2023?|