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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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Are two processors glued in one package? One with HyperThreading and the other without it?
Which one has the HT, the P one or the E one?
Shmerl 27 Oct
What's the pricing for this one? Would be interesting to see benchmarks, but I'm sticking to AMD. They so far decided not to use this cores disparity approach and rather focus on improving all cores as a whole.

Making such mixed cores also will put more burden on OS schedulers to use them in some balanced ways.


Last edited by Shmerl on 27 October 2021 at 6:46 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 27 Oct
Quoting: ShmerlWhat's the pricing for this one?
Sorry, missed that it was in the presentation but not the specs sheet. Added.
DerpFox 27 Oct
Didn't the 11th gen came out like earlier this year? intel range is getting harder and harder to follow.
x_wing 27 Oct
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoAre two processors glued in one package? One with HyperThreading and the other without it?
Which one has the HT, the P one or the E one?

P cores support HT

I'm really expecting to see benchs. Also, it will be cool to see how better is DDR5 vs DDR4 (my guess is that there will not be a big difference).
Shmerl 27 Oct
DDR5 would probably benefit AMD more.
syylk 27 Oct
The question remains: does it ships with speculative cache bugs?
denyasis 27 Oct
Quoting: DerpFoxDidn't the 11th gen came out like earlier this year? intel range is getting harder and harder to follow.

Literally took the words out of my mouth.

Also.... I'm not normally one to criticize one's use of language, especially here considering how many people are not native English speakers (and I respect the heck out of your language abilities).
But, I am a native English speaker and I'd like to think I do ok at my language. I assume Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group, is as well (or has a competent translation team).

Given that; I have absolutely no idea what anything he said actually means:

Quote"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,"

Glad to know my great grand children will see the new levels of leadership performance. I've always wanted high performing leadership.

Quote"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."

What? See more incredible experiences as they ship? I mean, I like logistics, but unless that freight is coming on a venerable locomotive, I can't imagine seeing such an incredible experience.

Edit: fixing my terrible English, lol


Last edited by denyasis on 27 October 2021 at 11:40 pm UTC
So how many lakes do they have now? Seems like they've got a bloody district worth.
Shmerl 28 Oct
Quoting: denyasis
Quote"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,"

Glad to know my great grand children will see the new levels of leadership performance. I've always wanted high performing leadership.

lol

I think by "performance hybrid architecture" he means those less and more powerful cores in the same processor.

And "close co-engineering of software and hardware" is a veiled way to say that the burden will fall on operating systems to make schedulers that will have to leverage those cores in some optimal way, otherwise your performance will suffer (that's the "software" part).

Basically, don't rush to buy it, until someone (Intel I assume?) will add such scheduler for Linux (if you are even considering it). In general Intel are good at doing it though so it should appear at some point.


Last edited by Shmerl on 28 October 2021 at 12:18 am UTC
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