New 12th Gen Intel Non-K ‘Alder Lake’ Chips Seen in the Wild

Intel’s new 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs are here, but they’re all K-series variants, while the new non-K-series is already on the way with a host of new processors.

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In a new leak, we are introduced to the non-K series of Intel 12th Gen Core CPUs, including Core i9-12900, Core i5-12600, Core i5-12500, and Core i5-12400. In the middle of these and lacking down the line are the Core i7-12700, Core i3-12300 and Core i3-12100 processors, as well as the F-series variants with no integrated GPUs.

The new Intel Core i9-12900 is a 16-core 24-thread (8P + 8E) CPU with a 2.4GHz core CPU clock and up to 5.1GHz CPU clock and there will also be 30MB of storage timer L3. The Intel Core i7-12700 has its efficiency cores cut in half, to 12 cores and 20 threads (8P + 4E) with CPU clocks up to 2.1 GHz and a boost of 4.9 GHz (this only applies to the performance cores).

Intel is disabling the efficiency cores on all processors in the Core i5 family, with the Core i5-12600, Core i5-12500 and Core i5-12400 processors. Core i5-12600 has 3.3GHz base and boost CPU clocks and increases CPU clocks to 4.8GHz, while Core i5-12500 and Core i5-12400 have base CPU clocks and increase from 3.0GHz, 4.6GHz and 2.5 GHz and 4.4 GHz, respectively.

We will also see a Core i3 series with non-K variants, but we don’t know what’s going on with this CPU and what makes it tick inside. Intel is expected to release a quad-core CPU without any hybrid functionality, but that’s still unclear.

We should expect Intel to unveil its new non-K series at CES 2022, alongside the new B660 and H610 motherboards launching in mid-January 2022.

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