One of the most controversial issues regarding the Intel Core 12 is its energy consumption and the temperatures that these can reach, officially in PL1 / PL2 mode up to 241 W, but this information is not entirely complete and does not give us an image of the situation.
But luckily, more reliable information has been revealed regarding issues such as energy consumption, thermal aspects and cooling with respect to the Intel Core 12, without forgetting the controversial DDR5.
Two different die for Intel Core 12
The revealed affirms that Intel is going to launch two different designs of its new generation of processors with Alder Lake-S architecture. The first one is called Alder Lake C0 and has an area of 21.25 mm2 while the second chip under the name Alder Lake H0 is 162.75mm in size2.
Taking into account that they both use the same manufacturing node, Intel 7, then the difference in size is due to the fact that the Alder Lake H0 has fewer components, and it is, since it is a processor with a 6+ configuration 0 instead of an 8 + 8 like the one that will be released in a few days. In other words, 6 P-Core cores and no E-Core cores.
Let’s not forget that Intel hasn’t released the non-K models yet and these are dated 2022. Is the Alder Lake H0 the expected i5-12400F? Who knows.
Changes in the cooling of the Intel Core 12
Regarding the dissipation of watts, this is a problem, since the heat emitted is not the same in both models, in addition, the fact that the size is smaller in area than the Intel Core 11 makes the dissipation standards are different. . In any case, we already knew that due to the change in the shape of the new generation of CPU, the rules and sizes for heat dissipation have changed.
The changes of DDR5 in terms of power
The use of DDR5 memory is one of the great changes in the Intel Core 12, but being a new standard not only requires a new interface, but also the analog circuitry that is responsible for electrically feeding the different elements on top of the motherboard is different from the current DDR4.
What is the main difference? Each DDR5 module has a PMIC, which is responsible for managing its power, so it is no longer the motherboard that powers the RAM in this case but the power supply. This forces the PSU to need to maintain a voltage of 5V continuously towards the RAM, if this cannot do it with the necessary stability then it can lead to a failure of the same.
So not only high-performance gaming graphics cards that use the new power connector will make us change the power supply, also the DDR5, but in this case it will not be for power, but for the PMIC.
DDR5 will drop in price in 2023
The cost of DDR5 at the same capacity as DDR4 is between 30 and 50% higher than its predecessor, this is normal when a new type of RAM appears. The problem comes when we find that the new standard requires an additional part such as the PMIC to function and in the midst of a shortage of components.
How much will the price of DDR5 start to drop? Well, the predictions are that the point at which DDR4 is more expensive due to a growing scarcity of it, will cease to be manufactured, and DDR5 will be cheaper in the third quarter of 2023, that is, two years from now.