Intel 12th Gen Desktop Processors – Key Specs, Benchmarks And Comparison

Upcoming Intel 12th Generation Processor (Alder Lake) – Early Specification and Benchmark 

Intel Alder Lake 12th Gen Processor

Intel is hosting an event in late October (likely on 27th) to launch the new Desktop Processors – Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake.

There are possibilities that Intel may launch Alder Lake CPU at the ‘Intel Innovation’ event, which will take place on 27 October, as it would be a perfect time to launch a new CPU architecture.

The company may not launch all the processors at the event, but it is likely to go ahead with key selling SKUs.

The Intel Core i7-12700K launch has been confirmed, and we may see the 12th Gen Core i9 and the Core i5 joining it.

It is an important launch for Intel as it is losing desktop processor market share to AMD, thanks to the Ryzen 5000 series.

AMD wins hands-down when we compare the Intel 11th Gen Vs. AMD Ryzen 5000 series and this new launch may help Intel get back in the lead.

Notably, the AMD Ryzen 5000 series is based on the 7Nm manufacturing process, and Intel’s new 12th Gen processors will be the first to use the 10Nm process for desktop processors.

Technologically, the AMD Ryzen 5000 series have a process superiority. However, we will have to wait and see how Intel optimizes the architecture to manage the performance and thermal efficiency.

Let’s look at some of the specifications and details of the upcoming Intel processors.

Key Specifications – That We Know So Far


Alder Lake – Intel 12th gen processor is based on the hybrid architecture. It uses the Golden Cove Core to deliver high performance, and for power efficiency, it uses Gracemont.

As per leaks, the architecture is similar to the ARM’s big.Littel implementation with a mix of high power Cores and energy-efficient cores.

In addition, the processor will have smaller nodes, unique architecture, and a Thread director. These features will optimize the processor like never before.

Yet, the company has not confirmed any specification detail, but the leaked data reveals some of the information.

Aforementioned, the processors have a 10 nm manufacturing architecture process. It has Intel’s enhanced SuperFin technology and may have up to 8+8 cores and 24 threads.

The new Golden Core Cove design will bring lots of improvement in the performance gain. According to Intel, this will bring up to 20% improvement in single-core and up to 2X in multi-thread.

Also, the CPU will be compatible with LGA 1700 socket and likely will use the new Z690 board chipset at the high-end.

Additionally, the new chipset supports PCIe 4 and PCIe 5 Express. It may also include – Thunderbolt 4 and DDR4/DDR5 memory support.

While the company will announce the new processor soon, one of its chipsets – Core i7- 12700K, may have 12 cores (8 Power Cores and 4 Efficiency Cores) with a 5.0 GHz turbo boost frequency.

It is likely to have a TDP of 125 Watts. For comparison, the AMD Ryzen 5900X comes with 12 Cores, a max 4.8 Ghz turbo boost speed, and 105 Watts TDP.

Early Benchmarks and Comparison with the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Ahead of the launch, the new Alder Lake processors are tested on the PugetBench and appear on the CPU-Z listing.

As per the CPU-Z benchmark score, the Alder Lake Core i7-12700K can not outscore the AMD Ryzen 5900X processor (12 cores, 24 threads )in the multi-threading benchmark.

On the contrary, the 12th gen Core i7-12700K beats AMD Ryzen 9 5950X by 10% performance in the Pugget system benchmark that tests the processor performance for running Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.

Don’t take these benchmarks very seriously as these are early numbers. We will be able to share a lot more information once the processors are launched and independent benchmarks data is available.

Intel had not given any specification on pricing, but some of the information was leaked by Amazon.

The online shopping site had listed the 12th gen Core i9-12900K chipset with the price tag of $1,000 in the USA.

As per the rumored data, the core i7-12700K will be on sale in November 2021.

Thanks for Reading the Article. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. I will get more details soon as we get closer to the launch.

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Written By Heena Makwana, Edited By Kanuj Sharma

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