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Intel delays part of its Alder Lake CPUs to 2022, what happened?

In addition to this, it is said that Intel would only present K-Series and KF-Series processors together with the chipset Z690, that is to say, that initially Intel would only launch the enthusiast range to the market. Intel reportedly plans to release the rest of the 12th generation processors and motherboards based on the chipsets. H670, B660 Y B610 after CES 2022 (they would announce them at CES and launch them later, in theory). It should be mentioned that this is the second time that rumors have appeared of a delay in the launch of Intel’s non-K processors for the Alder Lake generation.

What is the reason for this delay?

In recent weeks, the generation of Alder Lake processors Intel is being the protagonist of many of the news that follow one after another, and it is not for less because it may be a generation of processors that completely revolutionizes the world of hardware by introducing a completely hybrid architecture in desktop processors for the first time .

The reasons that Intel decided to delay non-K processors can be diverse, starting with the current crisis of chip shortage and raw materials that is obviously also splashing the semiconductor giant and ending with the possibility that Intel is finding difficulties in design of these hybrid architecture chips. There is no confirmation by the manufacturer and therefore we cannot affirm or deny anything at this point, so we cannot stop considering the possibility that there is no problem and this was a simple strategic decision to skew the release of your processors over time.

We must remember that Intel’s competition, AMD, will not launch its new generation of processors until 2022, so it is also possible that Intel has decided to postpone the launch of Alder Lake a bit to have a greater margin of maneuver in the face of the launch of AMD’s new CPU architecture.

Alder Lake, with ATX 12VO standard and on Intel 7 node

ATX12VO

By now we have come across different reports that ensure that motherboard manufacturers are not exactly happy about having to implement the standard ATX12VO from Intel, which in principle will reduce the size of the existing 24V ATX ​​connector and increase consumption in some scenarios. What those reports don’t mention is that Intel is selling its 600-series chips at a lower price point, but only if the manufacturer is willing to adopt the new ATX12VO standard.

The design of most Z690 motherboards It is already finished and as we told you yesterday, for now no manufacturer has implemented the new Intel standard despite this and, in fact, it seems that they have no short-term plans to launch variants that integrate the ATX12VO standard.

On the other hand, during the Intel Accelerated event the company confirmed that it will change the name of its node SuperFin upgraded from 10nm to simply Intel 7. This node will be used by Alder Lake and Sapphire Rapids consumer CPUs for data centers (and possibly for high-end HEDT desktops). In addition to increasing the performance and efficiency of the transistors by 10-15%, Intel revealed that it has improved power distribution, optimizing source drain and reducing the resistance of its new transistors.

Remember that the 12th generation of Intel will require a new generation of motherboards with the LGA1700 socket, which also forces heatsink manufacturers to modify their anchoring systems. The platform is also likely to be supported by Raptor Lake-S, the successor to Alder Lake which is expected next year as a competitor to AMD’s Zen architecture. Unfortunately Intel has not commented on the 14th generation “Meteor Lake” for now, which will also theoretically support the same socket.

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