Summary: Intel’s Alder Lake-P is still a mystery, but the company has begun shipping new processors to laptop manufacturers looking to incorporate them into their designs. If leaked to benchmark results, these new processors could even compete with Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets … at least in terms of performance.
Intel Alder Lake-S processors have introduced some great new options for people looking to upgrade their desktops. The Core i5-12600K is better than the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X if motherboard prices are ignored, and there is now a new king of desktop performance in the form of the Core i9-12900K.
Rumor mill is talking Non-K 12th Gen Intel processors will come out of cover in January 2022, and this wave includes the highly anticipated Core i5-12400 – a processor that could be even better than the Core i5-12600K without the latest processor’s DRM incompatibility. None of these processors have Gracemont (efficiency) cores, which would also make them a solid option for people looking to use Windows 10 until it reaches the end of support.
As far as Alder Lake-P laptop processors go, it’s not clear when we’ll be able to see them in action. The only thing we know is that they are already being shipped to laptop manufacturers for integration into their future designs. Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the client computing group at Intel, confirmed this today and congratulated the teams that made it happen.
Another incredible 12th generation @intel Major milestone: Today we started shipping our high-performance mobile processors to customers! Congratulations to our Intel teams around the world for their hard work and dedication to creating this product. #IntelCore pic.twitter.com/72Glbo4qZo
– Gregory M. Bryant (@gregorymbryant) November 22, 2021
Through the official developer guide, we know that Alder Lake-P processors will include SKUs that were previously part of the U and H subfamilies. Entry-level mobile components will include two P cores and 8 E cores, while higher-end components will combine 6 P cores. and 8 E cores. All of them will be paired with an Intel Xe graphics core with 96 execution units, although overclocking frequencies may vary depending on the model.
Performance is still hazy at this point, but more cores are likely to deliver better performance in multi-threaded workloads than Tiger Lake components.
A few weeks ago, we saw benchmark results online for two Alder Lake-P engineering samples of the upcoming Core i9-12900H, and they showed twice the performance of their Tiger Lake counterparts, not to mention slightly better performance than the Apple M1 Pro. and M1 Max. chipsets.
If we’re lucky, we’ll have to wait until CES 2022 to learn more about Alder Lake-P. Either way, it will be interesting to see how it performs against the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and if Intel can leverage its new hybrid architecture to improve battery life and more consistent performance under heavy workloads.