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Amongst a varied list of other announcements today, Intel formally introduced the 12th Gen Intel Core processors with the top end Intel Core i9-12900K that they claim is the "world's best gaming processor". Ready for what could be your next CPU? Code-named "Alder Lake", you won't have long to wait with November 4 being the date set for general availability and pre-orders in some places are live now.

"The performance hybrid architecture of 12th Gen Intel Core processors is an architectural shift made possible by close co-engineering of software and hardware that will deliver new levels of leadership performance for generations," said Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. "This begins with the arrival of our flagship Core i9-12900K – the world’s best gaming processor – and you will see even more incredible experiences as we ship the rest of the 12th Gen family and beyond."

The new processors also come along side the new Intel 600 Series Chipset. Key Features include:

  • The first processors in the industry to offer DDR5 memory for up to 4800MT/s.
  •  The first processors in the industry to offer PCIe 5.0 (up to 16 lanes), which offers up to 2X I/O throughput over PCIe 4.0, with up to an additional four lanes of PCIe 4.0 support.
  • Up to 30MB Intel® Smart Cache (L3) and 14MB L2 cache for increased memory capacity with reduced latency.
  • Integrated high-speed wireless with Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E, which combines industry-leading Wi-Fi 6E connectivity with powerful gaming network technology to minimize lag, latency, and packet loss.
  • Discrete Thunderbolt 4 universal cable connectivity for external device expansion.

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This is their first set based on their hybrid architecture, which features a mixture of their Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores). Intel say there will be about 60 different models, with the first set being announced as the unlocked "K" processor line. Pricing starts at $264 up to $589 for the unlocked desktop processors.

You can see some specifications below in our scrolling table:

Processor Number Processor Cores (P+E) Processor Threads Intel® Smart Cache (L3) Total L2 Cache Processor Turbo Frequency Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency (GHz)  Processor Turbo Frequency P-core Max Turbo Frequency (GHz) Processor Turbo Frequency E-core Max Turbo Frequency (GHz) Processor Base Frequency P-core Base Frequency (GHz) Processor Base Frequency E-core Base Frequency (GHz) Unlocked Processor Graphics Total CPU PCIe Lanes Max Memory Speed Memory Channels Maximum Memory Capacity Processor Base Power (W) Maximum Turbo Power (W)
i9-12900K
$589

16

(8P + 8E)

24 30MB 14MB

Up to

5.2

Up to

5.1

Up to

3.9

3.2 2.4 Yes

Intel® UHD

Graphics 770

20

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

2 128GB 125 241
i9-12900KF
$564

16

(8P + 8E)

24 30MB 14MB

Up to

5.2

Up to

5.1

Up to

3.9

3.2 2.4 Yes n/a 20

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

2 128GB 125 241
i7-12700K
$409

12

(8P + 4E)

20 25MB 12MB

Up to

5.0

Up to

4.9

Up to

3.8

3.6 2.7 Yes

Intel® UHD

Graphics 770

20

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

2 128GB 125 190
i7-12700KF
$384

12

(8P + 4E)

20 25MB 12MB

Up to

5.0

Up to

4.9

Up to

3.8

3.6 2.7 Yes n/a 20

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

2 128GB 125 190
i5-12600K
$289

10

(6P + 4E)

16 20MB 9.5MB n/a

Up to

4.9

Up to

3.6

3.7 2.8 Yes

Intel® UHD

Graphics 770

20

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

2 128GB 125 150
i5-12600KF
$264

10

(6P + 4E)

16 20MB 9.5MB n/a

Up to

4.9

Up to

3.6

3.7 2.8 Yes n/a 20

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

2 128GB 125 150

See the full announcement with links to more info.

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prosoor 28 Oct, 2021
Integrated wireless in processors?


Last edited by prosoor on 28 October 2021 at 9:33 pm UTC
Shmerl 28 Oct, 2021
I was surprised about it too. Why put WiFi into the CPU?
prosoor 28 Oct, 2021
Its probably a mistake,
here it says it's a motherboard Z690 feature
https://www.techadvisor.com/news/pc-components/intel-alder-lake-12th-gen-cpu-3800589/
Comandante Ñoñardo 29 Oct, 2021
So...
I guess it is possible to run background system processes in one core and games/apps processes in the other core...
ShabbyX 29 Oct, 2021
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoSo...
I guess it is possible to run background system processes in one core and games/apps processes in the other core...

That's already possible! Look for isolcpus. There must be some more dynamic options available too.


Last edited by ShabbyX on 29 October 2021 at 4:06 pm UTC
Jaromir 29 Oct, 2021
Intel Core i9-12900K Used 2.3x Power than the Ryzen 9 5950X in Official Benchmarks, Lacked the Win 11 L3 Cache Fix
https://www.hardwaretimes.com/intel-core-i9-12900k-used-2-3x-power-than-the-ryzen-9-5950x-in-official-benchmarks-lacked-the-win-11-l3-cache-fix/

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soulsource 29 Oct, 2021
Wow, that marketspeak is so bad, reading it causes physical pain... That doesn't make me optimistic about the chip's performance.
Jaromir 29 Oct, 2021
Quoting: soulsourceWow, that marketspeak is so bad, reading it causes physical pain... That doesn't make me optimistic about the chip's performance.
I don't know if you've been following Intel in recent years, but the great innovation has been absent for years. They have problems with their nodes, can't compete with TSMC. And AMD has a scalable design. ARM can achieve massive performance in web servers and databases such as Redis. But I'm not quite sure what Nvidia plans to do with ARM. But Intel is no longer competitive with AMD and ARM. They have now significantly increased their power consumption to compete with a generation that is more than a year old.
Lightkey 31 Oct, 2021
Quoting: JaromirI don't know if you've been following Intel in recent years, but the great innovation has been absent for years. They have problems with their nodes, can't compete with TSMC. And AMD has a scalable design. ARM can achieve massive performance in web servers and databases such as Redis. But I'm not quite sure what Nvidia plans to do with ARM. But Intel is no longer competitive with AMD and ARM. They have now significantly increased their power consumption to compete with a generation that is more than a year old.
That honestly surprised me because they are at the same node (transistor density) as the Zen 2/3 cores now, even if two years later and according to the specifications, they can even clock higher than AMD. They have two power targets though, like AMD, where the "typical" use, like in games, is much lower, so I suspect it's those last few hundred MHz advantage at maximum they have that require 2.3x power and that if you cap the TDP, it's probably going to be just as efficient at the same clocks as Zen 3.
Jaromir 31 Oct, 2021
Quoting: LightkeyThat honestly surprised me because they are at the same node (transistor density) as the Zen 2/3 cores now, even if two years later and according to the specifications, they can even clock higher than AMD. They have two power targets though, like AMD, where the "typical" use, like in games, is much lower, so I suspect it's those last few hundred MHz advantage at maximum they have that require 2.3x power and that if you cap the TDP, it's probably going to be just as efficient at the same clocks as Zen 3.

IPC is many times more important than clock speeds.

For example: AMD bulldozer could reach 8.805.64 MHz. But they weren't good CPUs, were they?
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