Intel 10nm Alder Lake-S 16 Core & 24 thread Desktop CPU noted

The top configuration of Intel’s next generation Alder Lake-S Desktop CPU may have just been spotted in the Geekbench database. The entry was noticed by TUM_APISAK and is a very early engineering monster with relatively low clock speeds but many cores and wires.

Intel Alder Lake-S Desktop CPU with 16 cores and 24 wires based on 10 nm Golden Cove & Gracemont cores

The Intel 12th generation Alder Lake-S Desktop CPU series will feature a mix-match of both Golden Cove & Gracemont cores on the same disk. This particular configuration being noticed contains a total of 16 cores and 24 wires. The actual division of the core consists of 8 Golden Cove core with 16 wires and 8 Gracemont core with 8 wires.

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Other details that the Geekbench mentions are that the chip is part of the ‘GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 151 Stepping 0’. It looks like the Intel Alder Lake-S CPU has a clock speed of 1.40 GHz, but it seems that the clock speeds here are incorrectly detected, with a maximum clock speed of 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 should consist of an LGA 1700 motherboard and equipped with 16 GB of memory, but we can not now confirm whether it was DDR4 or DDR5 not.

As an early ES disk with very low clock speeds, the Intel Rocket Lake Desktop CPU scored 996 points in single-core and 6931 points in multi-core banking. This is nothing to get excited about, but considering the clock speed, it was expected. Once the final chips appear near the launch, we will definitely see a big improvement in performance, but at the moment all we can see is that Intel has indeed started preparing its 12th generation nuclear family for launch at the end of 2021.

Here’s everything we know about the next generation Alder Lake CPU family

The Alder Lake CPUs will not only be the first desktop processor family to feature a 10nm process node, but also a new design methodology. From what we know so far, Intel plans to include a mix of CPU cores based on different IPs. The Alder Lake processors have standard performance ‘Cove’ cores and smaller but efficient ‘Atom’ cores. This large.Small design methodology has been incorporated on smartphones for some time, but Alder Lake is the first time we’re seeing it in the high performance segment.

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We do not have details on which generation ‘Cove’ or ‘Atom’ architecture Intel intends to use for its Alder Lake CPUs, but their roadmap does indicate the availability of Golden Cove and Gracemont by 2021. It is possible that we would see these cores first performed on the desktop CPU platform, but will also be used in a successor to Lakefield. You can learn more about the different Alder Lake SKU configurations here and here.

Here are some updates you can expect from Intel’s 2021 architecture suite:

Intel Golden Cove architecture:

  • Improve performance with single thread (IPC)
  • Improve the performance of artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Improve network performance / 5G
  • Improved security features

Intel Gracemont (Atom) Architecture:

  • Improve performance with single thread (IPC)
  • Improve the frequency (clock speeds)
  • Improve the performance of the vector

In addition to the chips, the LGA 1700 platform is said to feature the latest and brand new I / O technology, such as support for DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0 and new Thunderbolt / WiFi features. Although the disk design methodology is not new, as we have seen several SOCs have similar core hierarchies, it will certainly be interesting to see a similar outing in a high-performance computer CPU series.

Comparison between Intel Desktop CPU Generations:

Intel CPU family Processing process Processor core (maximum) TDPs 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) 22 nm 4/8 35-77W 7-series LGA 1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2012
Haswell (4th generation) 22 nm 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 Gen) 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
Alder 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?

Which next generation of desktop CPUs are you most looking forward to?