The qualification samples, QS, are already in the hands of several manufacturers and assemblers, especially those who make motherboards so that they can test their designs with the definitive hardware. The Quality Samples are those that serve as a reference for the production of the final design and therefore we are facing a leak with almost definitive data and very close to the final models, not to say that in some cases they will be totally identical.
So are the Intel Core i9-12900K, i7-12700K and i5-12600K gaming CPUs
Through the Chinese Zhihu forum, the specifications of the first three models of the 12th generation Intel Core have been leaked, which are based on the Alder Lake-S architecture. It is understood that the qualification samples have been made. It has to be said that the information complements perfectly with the information that we provided you yesterday.
The most powerful CPU will be the i9-12900K, which has a configuration of 8 cores Golden Cove and 8 cores Gracemont. The former can go up to 5 GHz altogether or 5.3 GHz in one or two cores. On the other hand, the seconds that are much more modest in performance but, with better consumption, have a maximum speed of 3.7 GHz together and a couple of them can reach 3.9 GHz. As for its third-level cache, this is 30MB.
The second is the i7-12700K, which also offers 8 Golden Cove cores, but only 4 Gracemon corest. Its configuration regarding the L3 cache is 25 MB. Their clock speeds? In turbo mode the Golden Cove in the i7-12700K reach the 4.7 GHz, but if only one or two of them go up in speed, it goes to 5 GHz. To finish, we have the i5-12600K, the most modest of all has a configuration of 6 cores Golden Cove and 4 cores Gracemont turbocharged from Gracemont cores is 3.4 GHz together and 3.6 GHz when only a pair of them are usedEven a couple of Golden Coves can go up to 4.9 GHz, but together they go up to 4.5 GHz. Your L3 cache amount? 20 MB.
So the information is not complete, since we do not know the base clock speed at which the Alder Lake-S will work, information that should not take long to appear.
Intel continues its consumer strategy with Gen 12
The consumption of every processor is allocated during the design phase of the same and the policy at Intel in the last generations of its desktop CPUs has been to put aside power consumption as an important point to focus on raw performance. A strategy that obviously has not been adopted in its processors for laptops, so these consumptions are not going to occur in the Alder Lake-U and Alder Lake-P for laptops.
The first three processors in the Alder Lake-S range have a maximum TDP of 125 W in PL1 mode and 228 W in PL2 mode. This will surprise some by the fact that we are talking about the jump from 14 nm to 10 nm SuperFin, which should serve to have processors with lower consumption. Intel’s choice has been to get the best possible performance without limiting consumption.
There are only a few months left for the launch of these processors, which will mean a complete change for Intel users, since unlike Rocket Lake-S we are talking about a new socket, LGA1700, and support for DDR5 that until now is unpublished. .