Back at CES 2021, Intel teased consumers with a taste of Alder Lake-S, its upcoming 12th generation desktop CPU lineup that will be manufactured using its 10nm SuperFin process node. Recently, it’s been reported that an early engineering sample from the lineup has leaked on to the SiSoftware database, and it’s a big one. Like, literally.
According to the details, the alleged Alder Lake-S CPU being listed is a 16-cores, 32-threads CPU, with a supposed base and boost clock of 1.8GHz and 4GHz, respectively. Oh, and it even has 30MB of L3 Cache. Interestingly, the database also shows it being paired and running with 32GB of DDR5-4800MHz RAM, further confirming that the CPU does indeed support the yet-unreleased memory standard.
The leak is the first sign of Intel’s plans on releasing a CPU with a core count greater than 10-cores, just like it did with the Core i9-10900K. Moreover – and this has been mentioned several times prior – this is will be the first and proper time Intel can finally move forward with its 10nm die lithography, and finally put the already archaic 14nm to rest.
On a closing note, do note that this alleged 16-cores CPU seems destined for the general consumer market segment, and isn’t part of its Extreme CPU lineup, meaning that it also features an Iris Xe integrated GPU, which the database lists as running at 1.5GHz, along with 32 EUs and 256 Stream processors.
(Source: SiSoftware via Hot Hardware // Image: Hot Hardware)